Eva’s Byte #194: Stretch of the Imagination

Surely, a stretch of the imagination—by far, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, published on June 30, 1936, when the US was still suffering from the Depression. Nevertheless, this one-hit wonder spanning 1037 pages, penned by an unknown author, and eventually considered one of the Greatest American novels, was raked over the coals in a New York Times review shortly after the book’s publication:

“The historical background is the chief virtue of the book, and it is the story of the times rather than the unconvincing and somewhat absurd plot that gives Miss Mitchell’s work whatever importance may be attached to it.”
https://www.literaryladiesguide.com/book-reviews/original-1936-review-of-gone-with-the-wind-from-the-new-york-times/#EZQiv638E5rJvaKf.99

Margaret Mitchell ended up winning the National Book Award for Most Distinguished Novel of 1936, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937.

So, there! Believe in the merits of your own work, and let no one dissuade you from your literary endeavors.

Which brings me to my own stretch of the imagination:

Working in earnest on my third novel in the genre of Contemporary, I have finished part 1 comprised of 20 chapters (23,420 words) whose plot spans a 24-hr. time period! How’s that for stretching one’s imagination?

Prior to conducting a massive proofreading/editing/tweaking session, there were 16 chapters. However, the dictates of logic mandated I stretch it out to 20. Voila!

It’s a stretch for me to predict when I’ll finish this novel due to my boundless imagination to deliver a story without cutting corners or skimping on substance—no matter how many pages it takes to get the job done.

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #168: Artie Dufresne – Cameo Character

Alfred Hitchcock, English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema as “the Master of Suspense,” made cameo appearances in most of his films.

A self-published Indie author with poetic license to fabricate and nothing to lose, I perpetuated Artie Dufresne. The least of my minor characters, he made his debut in chapter 18 of my first published novel in the genre of Contemporary—Underlying Notes (First Printing – 2007; Second Printing – 2009).

If you haven’t already met one of Rhode Island’s finest investigative news reporters, an introduction is in order:

 

Artie Dufresne was a scrawny, bespectacled twerp with Dutch boy bangs who often came up short when he stood toe-to-toe with those he investigated. A menacing junkyard dog, he crouched in wait for the right moment to grab onto an ankle or spring for the jugular. For good reason, political and legal shysters, corporate embezzlers, scam artists, quacks, corrupt law enforcement officers, and wise guys scuttled away from the old school investigative reporter toting his Bic pen and rolled back steno pad. They gave him wide berth.

Artie pursued kingpins and small fries from the vantage point of a profession unbound by statutes of limitation. It was common knowledge Artie got most of his leads at breakfast counters striking up conversations while dipping his toast in egg yolk, or tipping his glass at bars. Depending on the season, the reporter never took off his Members Only jacket or sage Army surplus hooded field parka good for 40 below, ready to chase down a story at a minute’s notice.

Artie did all right, carving a niche for himself on one of our local news channels with his weekly Friday segment, Artie’s Take.

 

The bespectacled reporter has a recurring cameo role in chapter 26 of my second published novel—multi-award winning Contemporary, An Enlightening Quiche (2016).  I plan for him to appear in chapter 9 of my work in progress, Aida’s Fishing Ground.

Although my novels set in Rhode Island are standalones, readers can anticipate encountering Artie Dufresne wherever there’s a newsworthy story.

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