|A Squid Ship!|
Another method I use for description is to compare the object to something that a reader already knows. This ship reminded me of a squid because of those long pointy tail-like projections. Although there are no squids on Mars all the people are educated on Earth creatures and they’ve seen videos, so when looking at it they could think of those pointy tail-like things as tentacles. I also liked using a “squid” comparison because squids in general can be associated with something that is lurking in a dark place that can grab you and squeeze. This ship isn’t friendly, so I went with it. A quick comparison can also help the reader visualize something using fewer words. In “Visionary of Peace” they sometimes called this ship a “Squiddie."
What is the involvement of this Squiddie you might wonder? You dear, reader are going to find out all about this ship soon because I’m on the verge of publishing “Visionary of Peace” (Vallar 2). Feb 15th is my deadline. Yeah....
This brings up another less favorite, but important method of mine. As a final phase, I’ve been listening to it on my Kindle. This is a great way to catch typos and other errors. The only problem with listening to it is that my mind wants to wander because that robotic Kindle voice puts me into an instant state of boredom. I tend to look for other things to do at the same time like play simple games. Bejeweled or Angry Birds are the top choices. I tried to play a little Guildwars 2, but found I had to think too much to listen properly. Another thing I have been doing, is listening or reading while on the treadmill. However, if I hear a mistake, it causes an interruption in the routine. I have to slow down and find the pause button the Kindle. Then I have to find whatever I heard was wrong. This can involve flipping pages. Then (since I have the Kindle with the keyboard) I type in the word “Fix” or something that lets me know of the problem. Usually they’re self explanatory.
So have a great week everyone, and come back tomorrow for a guest post by Charity Bradford author of “The Magic Wakes” a new book of science fiction and fantasy. I think I’m the first blog tour stop…as far as I know. Not sure how that happened either, but I think it's cool.