THE BIG DAY

A Kind of Justice is now available in e-book format and PDF.

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The Time is Nigh

I’ve spent the last week trying to establish which is the best plugin or widget (I don’t even know the difference) it’s best to use on my site to enable books to be purchased or gifted easily. In the end I’ve gone for Easy Digital Downloads (EDD) plus an extension (widget or plugin?) to handle Pay What You Want which I am keen to explore.

Having made this decision I’m hoping that A Kind of Justice will be published next week. The epub and mobi files are all sitting there waiting for the expectant reader and the magic button that leads to download. I know that sounds a little odd but this publishing business has its pregnant moments!

Best wishes

Henrietta

PS this site explains the difference between plugins and widgets but I don’t think it is as clear as that, e.g. EDD (above) seems to me to be a pludget.

Fractal Geometry and fiction.

Fractal Geometry and fiction writing.

I’m no genius at Fractal Geometry but I do find Benoit Mandelbrot’s The Fractal Geometry of Nature (Freeman) to be a very inspiring book.

As I understand it, reduction or increase in scale does not alter the inherent fractality of the geometry. Take a country’s coastline for instance. It has a craggy outline, one of small and large curves, if you look down upon it from a great height it is still craggy and remains so as you zoom in on individual rocks and shingle and then beyond to sand and its craggy nature when seen through a microscope. If I have this wrong then I would welcome some enlightening comments.

It struck me that the same principles should apply to fiction writing. We all know that the novel needs to portray a beginning, middle and end (or some other structure chosen by the author). My contention is that; so should the Chapter (or Book), the Chapter sections and then the paragraph, the sentence and the clause.

The reason for the structure is—what? This made me think! I guess from my point of view I expect and expect my readers, to have a desire: for a beginning which explains the conflict or problem; an end which resolves all the issues raised; and a middle which joins the two together through a plausible journey. I contend that as much care and creativity needs to be applied to all the smaller component parts as to the overall structure. If it is, you will end up with concision, coherence, pace and readability. Every clause needs to bear its message, be entirely needed and contribute to the maximum its meaning.

I feel sure that this is not a new concept, the idea that words make up into clauses and clauses into sentences and sentences into paragraphs… and so on, is, no doubt, as old as the hills but perhaps what I have described is another way of looking at it and hence potentially an aide memoire when editing one’s work.