State of the Collaboration: Rocky Start November 12, 2022November 11, 2022 ~ Jenny Bob’s working on Rocky Start, and I’m cutting Lavender, so we’ve been pretty peaceful. Until I read what he’d done with my first scene. Geography. I’d rather have parrots.
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As long as the river isn’t on fire then I think it’s an improvement.
I loved geography in high school – I even did it in Year 12 (by which time it was stuff like urban planning and meteorology).
What I hate in a novel is being lectured.
Bob can stick a map in the front and call it done.
Parrots, on the other hand? 🙂
Well… if you’re on the App Trail, there might be an encounter with Bigfoot or the Brown Mountain lights!
Bigfoot is Cascades.
As someone who is geography-and-spatially challenged, I salute Bob for even knowing enough to include geographical details in setting. But, as that same person, I will totally skim them.
Oh! Also, this is the newest member of our household: This is Raven, future hiker and wildlife photographer.
Oh my god. That fuzzy face.
Dad was a German shepherd and Mom an Australian shepherd. I had a dog from that cross back in the 80’s and 90’s and she was the Best Dog Ever.
A guy on Craigslist had a litter–4 males and her. So I drove up to Marion and gave him the $25 he was asking and brought her home.
My 18-year-old granddaughter asked, “Are you sure you have 16 years left to take care of her?” I said, “I hope so, but if I don’t, I’m leaving her to you.”
I want one. That cross sounds wonderful.
OMG the adorable. I hope you plan to give us lots more pictures. (I also just followed you on Instagram. So hi.)
“I want my mommy”
Yeah. He said she was 8 weeks old (which is the legal requirement in Ohio) but the vet thought more like six or seven weeks.
Awww, how adorable!
That is the most adorable puppy! You’re going to have so much fun together. 🙂
That should have read “tee hee hee.” Early morning, but it gave me a good giggle. Thx!
I hate geography even in non romance novels (does anyone else remember James Michener devoting an entire chapter to how the islands of Hawaii were formed during one of the picenes??zzzzzzz….) so PLEASE cut it out.
I vaguely remember a novel that started with a family of beavers creating a dam and went on and on. That was back in the days when I had to finish what I started as far as reading a book. Nowadays I would have given up. There is only so much time. Cannot remember the title.
Sounds like Centennial ( sp) another Michener epic.
That sounds horrible!
That was definitely the best part of the book.
Well, the beginning of Hawaii was. I can’t ID this book with the beavers.
All depends. If the story takes place on the Appalachian Trail, I’m with /anne… Give me a map.
I like world building and places that are inherently characters or have an impact on character development.
I dislike filler.
“Smokies… you will” “Can’t wait”-
Laughing loud enough to get attention from people that usually ignore me giggling at my computer
I’m kind of interested in the Smokies formation. In a novel I’d skip, and start considering whether this was the right book for me. Like all those pages of Parisian architecture in the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Skip, skip, skip, when does the story start again! Audio on tape, I gave up.
But in a moment when I’d picked up a book of architecture I’d have been interested. Gotta pick your context.
The entire Appalachian mountain range (including the Smokies) is formed from ocean sediments. Sedimentary rock. Pick up a piece of rock nearly anyplace East of the Mississippi and south of New York, and unless it was imported by Home Depot to sell to suburban gardeners, it’s most likely sedimentary. Mostly pushed up, before and during Dinosaur Days, by the ancient continents smashing very slowly into one another.
There. A paragraph will do it. Bring on the parrots!
*claps loudly* Brava!
Or lettuce. Lettuce is good too!
Ben Aaronovitch does a lot of geography (of London usually), and it’s weird, because they feel like infodumps when I read a print/screen version, and I skip them, but then I do the audiobook and I enjoy them.
I love the architecture bits in those even though normally I just skim anything that feels like the author showing off their extensive knowledge.
I think it’s because he makes it clear that Peter is an architecture geek. Like Lovejoy going on about antiques: it’s who he is.
I won’t fault or diss the books if that stuff ends up in them but I will skip those parts.
I skip at least half of all Diana Gabaldon books. Although I do fault her. I’m forming a rant in my head as I write this.
The only geography I pay attention to is in “A River Runs Through it”
I would however love a book with a parrot singing into the toilet bowl to get the benefit of the acoustics (see link in prior post).
Debbie, I would absolutely read that book.
At times like these, this blog REALLY needs a LOL emoji. Parrots or parrots singing into toilet bowls–it’s all good. 😀
Bob and Jenny
Under a tree
Double-you Ar Aye Tee Aye En Gee
First come geography
Then comes mushy stuff
Then comes a book in after mucho gruff.
Just to be clear, Bob’s happily married and I am VERY happy single.
I think the rhyme was the structuring device, rather than a relationship comment, and the geography followed by mushy stuff was a parroting (hee hee) of the intro debate on preferred writing subject matter. Just how I interpreted it, of course.
You chose (interpretations)… wisely. 🙂
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