Want to know more about books by Barbara V Evers, giraffe conservation and wildlife news, great books, as well as snippets from an author's life? This is the place for you!
Don't want to miss any posts or updates on Barbara's upcoming books and appearances? Subscribe to the Watcher Tribe newsletter! The link is available to the left side of your screen.
Miner Success Is Major
The world stops to participate in very few events.Drama and crises dominate our news, but how often do they grab everyone’s attention?It’s rare.Even rarer are the success stories that the media deems newsworthy.
Today, the world did stop for a drama that promises a feel-good success.As I type this, people still watch and wait.Why?The rescue of the thirty-three miners in Chile.What an amazing story!Over two months underground in a small space—limited supplies, no true sanitation, crowded together whether you like each other or not.
It’s a nightmare.One initially estimated to last until December.
Nightmares bring us together.The miners’ nightmare ends well.Better than well, it ends successfully.Of course, I’m jumping ahead because five are still underground at this moment.
Remember when you first heard of this catastrophe?Then we heard how long the rescue effort would take—four months!.Who would have thought these miners had any chance or that rescue would come this soon?
But today, we celebrate life, we celebrate ingenuity, we celebrate the unquenchable spirit of the miners and the team focused on this outcome.Our hearts go out to their families, and if you’re like me, you choke up at the sight of the little boy hugging his father, you smile at the miner hugging everyone and leading cheers after reaching the surface.
And at the end of the day, you appreciate your loved ones a little more.
In my last post, Character Development: the Johari Window , I introduced the Johari Window as a tool for developing your characters. It's important that your character not know everything about their situation. These unknowns can lead to an intriguing story and create possibilities for conflict within the story. How do you use the Johari Window? In this post, I thought I'd provide a simple example of the Johari Window with a character most people know: Harry Potter. Below, I have filled out the Johari Window as it might appear within the first few pages of book 1, Harry Potter and The Sorceror's Stone . The Johari Window based on Harry Potter and The Sorceror's Stone Three of the quadrants in this window reveal what Harry doesn't know about who he truly is and what happened to his parents. I could add a lot to the quadrants representing what he doesn't know, but I hope this gives you an idea on how a Johari Window might be used. What do you d
For those of you looking for my post on National Buy A Book Day, scroll down below this post (after you read it). In this post, I'm responding to the first challenge in the Platform Building Campaign. Here are the guidelines followed by my story: Write a short story/ flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, including a poem. Begin the story with the words, “The door swung open” These four words will be included in the word count. If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional), use the same beginning words and end with the words: "the door swung shut." (also included in the word count) Absence The door swung open, creaking on unused hinges. Rachel leaned forward and studied the man slumped in the chair across the room. “Sam?” Her voice croaked. She swallowed and tried again, a little louder. “Sam?” The balding, elderly man jerked awake, snorting. She giggled at the memory of the sound. H
Last week’s post celebrated several conflicting interpretations of a flash fiction piece I wrote. Unfortunately, we rarely experience miscommunication issues with joy. When I speak, I want synchronicity of understanding with my audience. Is that hard to achieve? Yep! An incorrect interpretation creates a miasma that fills in the lacuna in our words. Did you understand that sentence? You might try to interpret what I meant through context, or maybe your mouth oscitated in shock, while you thought, “Barbara's talking about communication issues, and she tosses difficult words in the mix?” A simpler version of my sentence above might be: An incorrect interpretation creates a stinky mess that fills in the gaps in our words. (FYI, oscitated means gaped .) Simpler words increase the chance you’ll mirror my meaning, but they don’t guarantee it. We bring our own experiences to the conversation, throwing everything off because the significance of a word for me is different