What Have You Written Today?


My Writing Space

What have you written today? An entry in a journal? A creative poem, a short story, a few pages of a novel or nonfiction book? A news media article, a self-help idea to aid someone else, a blog on your life or your profession?

Everyday there is something to share to show you care and hone your craft of communication. You never know whose life you will touch and inspire to create new ideas and concepts that our world needs more than ever to heal, grow, and evolve.

Words are meaningful, enriching, and important … use them graciously and respectfully…

Deborah A. Bowman

Excerpt On Newspaper Journalism From Novel, LIVING IN A SHADOW

I have included an excerpt from my full-length novel, LIVING IN A SHADOW (www.amazon.com/dp/B00AP68CUO), demonstrating how the newspaper industry has changed with the advent of the computer publishing.

The news was in full swing this Monday morning. Marcy leaned back against the partition to the little kitchenette and watched the activity as she sipped her coffee. A beehive, she concluded.

“Mornin’, Ms. Jennings,” a masculine voice mumbled politely, hurrying past her.

Marcy was startled by the voice only for an instant.

“Oh hi, Ed,” Marcy nodded, clutching her Styrofoam coffee cup.

Ed was head of the layout department. He had a fist full of long thin strips of copy, newspaper columns starting to emerge.

Marcy knew regular features were inserted first, then new copy arranged around them. As the day progressed, stories were cut and bumped with the layout constantly changing and evolving. Years ago, the copy had all been stripped in by hand. Each change had meant tedious manual cut-and-paste. The originals were then shot on a camera to a reversed negative and stripped into “goldenrods.” The clear cut-lines in the “neg” were inked to black so they wouldn’t show when the final plate was generated. The printed copy came from the inked plate.

In this day and age, the layout was manipulated by a computer—no cut-lines, very little “make-ready” before the reversal and plate process. Marcy was glad she’d been in the business long enough to remember the old way. If you really wanted to know the printing business, talk to the crusty old layout designers who’d seen it all, including cold lead type arranged in trays by hand, backwards! A lost art in this modern world, it still gave a writer an appreciation for “what happens to my words.” Even with all the technological advances, they still don’t miraculously appear on a page without a lot of hard work and accuracy.

“Ed”—the layout department had a name and a face. A person you could talk to and, hopefully, reason with. Andy, as newspaper editor, had the final word, of course, but he listened to all of his professionals. As a freelance journalist, Marcy had never really known the people who’d made her words possible before. For the first time in her career, she felt like part of a team, the member of a family.


It’s Live!

It’s Live!


STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crimes Series) novella is available on amazon.com.

I’ll be adding Table of Contents, bio, picture, and correcting any typos in the future. The cover is set, I think, but it’s available for comments, suggestions, reviews.

I hope you want to help “Denny” in her personal journey.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read STROKE OF FEAR! Even though this is the first novella in the series, STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! is a stand-alone. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to continue the stand-alone through the series, but I will try. I do recommend the short-read of STROKE OF FEAR! It does have it’s own horrific charms.

This question from a comment earlier today: “What is a novella?” Yes, it is a shorter novel, but longer than a short story. There is a definitive word count definition, but it seems to vary with authors, agents, publishers, and evolving dictionaries. Who even counts words any more? Oh, yes, the computer. I remember when we counted words per line, averaging them, counting lines and coming up with an educated estimate. I’ve recently seen the term novelette. I think that’s shorter than a novella, but longer than a short story. Who knows? Write what works for you. In this rapidly changing world, many readers want something they can read quickly and get to the ending. It works so well for a series piece. You can read it in about an hour or the span of a TV show drama. They can be written quickly or evolve daily in your mind until all the pieces come together. I’m always working on a novella for a break from a long, full-length novel project or ghost writing a business book under contract. You need a breather for your subconscious sometimes. Hope you enjoy the latest episode of Denny Ryder’s paranormal experiences, which is such a large part of her psyche that she tries to deny. Psychological paranormal crime series, perhaps?