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FVP Featured Author, Sheri J Kennedy, is the guest blogger over at Jacqui Murray’s Word Dreams today, writing about Experimental Fiction. There’s also a 99 cent Kindle deal running on her book, Feeling Human, from the Reality with a Twist books series. Check it out! Part of the article and a preview of the book are below…
I’m honored to be here to share with you today. As I told our host, Jacqui Murray, I’m not an expert on Experimental fiction. I’m not certain anyone is, since it’s always changing. But I’m happy to illuminate some of the features of this unusual classification. I believe I’ve written an Experimental novel, and Jacqui asked if I might give you some tips on writing one. So, I’ll also share my writing process with you.
What is Experimental Fiction?
This genre is hard to define since its basic definition is it’s fictional writing that’s falls outside of current conventions and standard genres. But let’s consider some characteristics and examples to get a sense of what Experimental fiction is all about. READ MORE…
Martian Red Blood
Jason Furbach of the Boston Police Department is asked to investigate an auto accident resulting in the death of the CEO of an interplanetary shipping company. But his investigation soon leads to the first manned base on Mars where a murder has taken place– and the two deaths appear to be related.
An astronaut dies on Moon Base One and FBI detective Jason Furbach is sent to the Moon to investigate. But he soon learns that his wife and children back on Earth will be killed unless he lies about what he has discovered.
One of FVP’s Featured Authors, Sheri J. Kennedy, is hosting a Writing Challenge on her blog: REALITY WITH A TWIST BOOKS… Here’s the details:
Due to my love of alliteration, I’ve decided to host a writing challenge. After the rules and definitions, I’ll post my example to inspire and… well, challenge you.
- Your entry must have a plot. If it’s poetry it must describe or emote with some development from beginning to end rather than an abstract observance. Think storytelling.
- All words other than pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions or ‘to be’ verbs such as ‘was, is’ (so all but simple connectors) must be alliteration in keeping with your single chosen consonant sound.
- Alliteration is defined as: Alliteration is a literary device that reflects repetition in two or more nearby words of initial consonant sounds. Alliteration does not refer to the repetition of consonant letters that begin words, but rather the repetition of the consonant sound at the beginning of words. For example, the phrase “kids’ coats” is alliterative; though the words begin with different consonant letters, they produce the same consonant sounds. Similarly, the phrase “phony people” is not alliterative; though both words begin with the same consonant, the initial consonant sounds are different. In addition, for alliteration to be effective, alliterative words should flow in quick succession. If there are too many non-alliterative words in between, then the literary device is not purposeful. (Thanks to literarydevices.net)
- Bonus points if all of your alliterative words begin literally with the same letter.
- All alliterative words – except for main character names – must be unique within the piece, so this is also a vocabulary challenge. Feel free to frequent your dictionaries and thesauruses.
- Use as many unique words as you can, (sample below has nearly 200!) but you must keep the integrity of meaning in the flow of your storytelling. In other words, it must make sense.
- Submit your Alliterative Literature by email to: email@example.com by St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2022 Deadline. (Note: It will not be published in any other form than sharing on Reality with a Twist Books blog. Writers keep all rights to their works.)
- After all entries are shared online, a winner will be chosen on consideration of number of unique alliterative words used, plot/sense continuity, overall enjoyment by the challenger, and comment responses from readers on Reality with a Twist Books blog. The winner will receive the Prestige of Plentiful Praise of their Prowess by their Peers!
And for your inspiration and challenging pleasure, I give you…
Penelope, though pretty, was particularly picky and perused the proffered products at Pittsburgh’s Provincial Plaza with practiced precision to procure the perfect pair of pumps. She persisted in poking and prodding prolific piles of plastic and patent. There were paisley, pink, puce, and platinum. She was partial to the pastel purple pointy plush, but she put priority on price and pushed them to the posterior. Peeved, her pulse palpitated. “Please provide a pleasant proposition,” she pleaded to Providence. Presto! She pinpointed a perky plaid prize precariously perched on a pedestal. She was poised to pounce when a peculiar pesky patron perpetrated a perplexing play popping the pleasing platforms from their post into her pernicious paws, provoking Penelope and parting, Poof!, preventing proper pardon.
Portly Paul peered through the pane into Polly’s Posh Primping Pavilion perceiving that Penelope was profusely perturbed. He pivoted in place pounding the pavement in perpendicular patterns, patiently pacing, prepared to plod for a prolonged period.
Penelope persevered in plundering the plain and perfunctory piddle plying for the paragon of prissy polish. The purity of her pursuit produced a prime praiseworthy pick. Proud of her proficiency, Penelope pried the pittance of pence from her purse to pay the prim proprietor. “The pinnacle of palatable pretentious preference!” Polly pronounced as she presented the pristine package. Penelope preened.
Paul promptly pulled to predominant position with their Porsche and plucked his pompous paramour and her precious pearls from the public parking place. The passenger peeled her prestigious purchase from its packing and pushed in her plump professionally painted piggies. “They pinch!” she proclaimed with a perilous pang. Penelope pummeled them to a pulp and pined pathetically, “That was positively painful.”
Paul planned a prospective plane passage pronto to pamper his poor Penelope in a palatial Parisian paradise to purge the petrifying proceedings from her person. Placated, Penelope passionately purred.
by Sheri J. Kennedy, All Rights Reserved
It’s not too late… You can watch the PowerPoint and hear the Authors’ readings and the Artist’s discussions of The Lost Train Anthology, On-Demand at this link: https://kcls.zoom.us/rec/share/Jvannvxy_vj8s6_MO4oruUmsuRj0XYRny0fG2dSc79b4l4IqAK9Jx0qBvn04w84T.OJYrlfyw7yfWdSVm?startTime=1638412228000
Valley Reads, The Lost Train Zoom program is tonight!! Feel free to join us 6:30 – 8pm PST, Wednesday, December 1st to hear readings by Pacific NW Authors and Chats by PNW Artists about their works that appear in this Special Co-op Anthology. Click this link to join from anywhere: https://kcls.zoom.us/j/87899556649?pwd=VHdMVFJNK2kvNnRlTW5UdGxmWlZtZz09
FVP is so excited to be spotlighted by KCLS in the Valley Reads program sponsored by Friends of the North Bend Library. Sign up now for your free copy of The Lost Train Anthology for pick-up at the Library if you’re local. And if you’re further away, sign up from anywhere in the world and join us via Zoom on Dec. 1st at 6:30pm PST to hear Readings by the Authors and chats with the Artists. We’ll have time for Q&A from Readers, too. Meet the people behind the book and discover the inspiration behind this Snoqualmie Valley Anthology Project that brought Authors and Artists together!
On August 18, 2021 Author, Jeffrey Cook passed away at his home in Maple Valley, WA. Our hearts break to lose this amazing friend and colleague. Jeffrey Cook has contributed an immeasurable wealth of time, knowledge and encouragement to FVP Books and its authors and patrons. His quiet strength and positive energy seemed boundless, and he always had a kind word to share along with his captivating stories and excellent books. Jeff, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for the wonderful gifts you’ve given us all. We’ll carry them forward and treasure your memory always.
THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is here! Thanks for the great celebration on release day, September 1st! Now that you’ve seen the wonderful cover artwork, let’s see the full piece and meet the artist behind it…
Minh, aka Minh Ho-Dac Rosen’s painting, Dream Train was chosen for the cover unanimously by the artwork committee on The Lost Train Anthology project. Sheri, the editor and cover designer, worked closely with Minh to combine the bright textural piece with the necessary title elements for a final cover that made them both smile. They were also pleased by the serendipity of Minh’s engine ‘2’ coinciding with FVP’s 2nd Anthology. And the whole group involved in the anthology was delighted with the cover reveal! If you haven’t seen it yet, you can see Minh’s colorful piece, and how it appeared on the anthology’s cover below. And here’s a peek at some of Minh’s other work. Be sure to follow her link to more…
Find more of Minh’s work at Art Gallery of SnoValley
All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!
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Photo Credit: for Pepper Allphin’s Old Tree and Minh’s Dream Train – Tara Sreekumar, plentyopixels.com