Saturday, February 18, 2012

Parade of Turkeys = Love Triangle?

On our way to school yesterday, me and my kids saw a parade of turkeys walking down the sidewalk.There were about eight male turkeys struttin' their stuff, puffed, bright red gobblers hanging, quivering to get the attention of the fifteen or so females ignoring them.

The elaborate show male birds put on seems to contrast what a human male does to get the girl. In our human game of courtship  it's the female that consistently has to put on the show, and the game appears to be more intense than I remember growing up.

Girls spend a lot of money and time fluffing to get a male's attention: implants, makeup, botox, hair dyes, manicures, long gym hours, the list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong, I highlight my hair and put on makeup to go out, certainly not to attract a male--I'm taken, but because I feel prettier that way, oh how I've been conditioned.

I can just imagine what the human world would be like if the males had to do most of the work:) I think that's why love triangles in literature make girls swoon, to have two males begging for you to pick them...sigh, it brings me back to the turkeys and I smile. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I've been looking through TV and movie listings in my Entertainment magazine, a guilty pleasure, and it has really helped me with my one-line-pitch. I've also been reading "Screenwriting Tricks for Authors," by Alexandra Sokoloff and she includes a list of what has to be in the log line to make it successful.

- What is the MC's problem and why is it worthy of an entire story?
- Who is the antagonist?
- What are the stakes? If your MC doesn't do something, why should we care? What is the danger?
- What is the setting or atmosphere?
- Give clues to the genre

Here is my one line pitch:

The Lion Within
YA Science Fiction
80,000 words

Sixteen-year-old Renna Healy was born a rager not part-lion, that happened by accident in Africa, and now she must train to defeat the lion that changed her in order to stop a virus from becoming an epidemic, but first she needs to learn to control the beast within her using the most challenging of places to train--high school.