The need for Dynamic Pacing in a story

Ever watched a movie that was so packed full of non-stop action it left you feeling breathless? Exhilarated, maybe… but disconnected from the characters – unable to learn much about them amidst the constant stream of explosions, car chases and death-defying peril?

Or have you ever read a story where the author droned on for so long about their characters’ thoughts, feelings, family history, and childhood until you thought please… please just let something – anything – happen?

If so, you’ve more than likely encountered a problem with pacing.

Pacing refers to the momentum of a story. There are times we want the reader frantically turning pages because there’s so much high-energy action, and there are times when we want to slow down the story – to let the reader sink into the prose like they would a warm, soothing bath.

Keeping the brain engaged requires a consistent mixture of these – like a rollercoaster ride. Take the reader slowly up to the top and then slam them down the other side, through blinding loops and breakneck corners… and then slow them back down again in preparation for the next dose of action.

A good story has a mix of fast-paced and slow-paced sections. This variety helps us generate tension, build anticipation, develop our characters, insert descriptions, drive the plot forward and— above all – maintain our reader’s interest.

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION …

The mainstream media is all ‘abuzz’ about recent disclosures and developments. What once was a concerted effort to derail the newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has now been turned into a counter-attack of the previous administration by the current POTUS.

 

Obama seems like one of those people with the mindset of “if I can’t have it, nobody can.”

 

I once observed this principle in a seven year old child while on vacation. I happened to be sitting in front of a gift shop on one of the sightseeing ports. This shop sold t-shirts, banners and other items promoting the local economy. As I sat there, I witnessed two brothers arguing. One of them had a balloon and one of them had a different kind. One liked his brothers more than he liked his.

 

So, what he did was grab a plastic fork from a food stand and pop his brother’s balloon. That is what Barack Obama is trying to essentially do to us.

 

Barack Obama is still trying to wield power over the United States. In America, we vote in and out our elected officials, Obama’s term is over, he was not crowned a king!

 

The former president is allegedly trying to yank a lawfully elected president from office by either forcing his resignation or having him impeached! This is no less than a ‘silent coup’ with Obama is leading this charge. (1) He is aided in this attempt by his long-time trusted sidekick, Valeria Jarrett, who recently moved into his DC residence. (2)

 

Obama does not have to grab a weapon or leak classified material to be in violation of the Seditious Conspiracy statute. Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder only recently revealed the former president is preparing to resurface as a full-time political operative. The man never really left the campaign trail.

 

“It’s coming … He’s coming,” Holder told mainstream media reporters. “And he’s ready to roll.” (3)

 

Thanks to a $60 million plus book deal Barack and Michelle signed, he will never have to work again (4) – or travel the world whoring himself out for speaking fees, like Bill Clinton. Now he is free to cut loose on his socialistic agenda and far left ideals with reckless abandon.

 

Pushing the Russian influence fake news story was only the first step on Obama’s evil plan to force Trump to resign or be impeached. Now he has Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his sights — he is surely bolstered by the swift ousting of Michael Flynn.

 

The Democrat Party appears to be behind their liberal messiah 100 percent. Their feet-dragging on Trump’s nominees have allowed Obama loyalist spies to leak classified information while trying to destroy the new administration from within. Its time these actions are met with equal and opposite reactions.

 

This man, and all his cronies, belongs in jail. Failure to do this cannot be a good thing for the health of the United States in general.

 

On a positive note, President Trump is likely to make good on his promise to ‘drain the swamp’ because much of the evidence will boomerang back to hit the Liberals in the face. In the near future, I believe the facts will prove that Obama was directly behind this action, which by-the-way is called TREASON.

References:

(1)Mark Levin – Silent Coup

http://envnewsdaily.com/huge-mark-levin-leaked-secret-obama-scandal-everyones-missing-obama-livid/

(2)Valerie Jarrett – Changing Residence

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4271412/Obama-confidante-Valerie-Jarrett-moves-Kaloroma-home.html

(3) Eric Holder – Obama Ready

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/eric-holder-obama-ready-public-235508

(4) Obama – Book Deal

http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-book-deal-2017-2

 

 

AMERICA IS OFF THE RAILS …

According to Wikipedia (1) … A derailment is said to take place when a vehicle such as a train runs off its rails. This does not necessarily mean that it leaves its track. Although many derailments are minor, all result in temporary disruption of the proper operation of the railway system, and they are potentially seriously hazardous to human health and safety.

 

The same thing can be seen as our society. For too many years, the liberal agenda has been focused on chipping away at the ‘norms’ that made our country what it is. Now, with the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, this agenda has turned into a full-fledged firestorm.

 

The latest insurrection is an organization called ‘Ipeewithlgbt.org’ who has a new advertisement out promoting opposition to a Texas Senate bill SB6(2). Essentially SB6, which was introduced recently by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, prohibits transgender people from using the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity in schools and government buildings.(3)

 

One of the organizations supporting this opposition a secular-progressive, leftist group called the Texas chapter of ACLU. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) began back in the 1920’s and was founded by Roger Baldwin and Crystal Eastman.(4)

 

Baldwin supported communism, but later denounced it in his book, A New Slavery, which condemned “the inhuman communist police state tyranny”. This organization pursues a leftist agenda that includes censoring prayer and recognition of God in public institutions, such as public schools. Currently, Anthony Romero is the first openly gay CEO to run the organization. Declassified documents and letters link early ACLU leaders with Communist Party. Helen Chaffee Biehle also indicated in her article “Focus: The Seduction of the American Public Library” that the ACLU was also nihilistic and individualistic in its philosophy since its founding.

 

Give me a break … Not only is this ad disgusting to most people, but it shows a total disrespect for authority. It is the latest foray into the destruction of our constitution.

 

Does anyone need more proof of what is being attempted? How about this headline:

 

The Tonner Doll Company will debut a transgender doll inspired by the 16-year-old star of the TLC docu-series ‘I Am Jazz’ at the New York Toyfair later this month.(5)

 

Company CEO and renowned doll artist Robert Tonner designed and sculpted the 18″ portrait doll.

 

I am not a racist or homophobic person by nature, nor am I against anyone wanting to follow an ‘alternative’ lifestyle. But conventional wisdom dictates that the majority of America opposes letting biological men into the ladies room; or vice-versa. The cancer of this thinking has been going on for way too long and thankfully our new President will be pushing back with ‘Law and Order Agenda’ as promised. Lets make America great again by getting the train back on the tracks.

 

Charles W. Massie

 

References

(1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derailment

(2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k33n-TmM8Sw

(3) http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2017/02/20/pee-lgbt-oscar-nominated-director-richard-linklater-directs-ad-texas-bathroom-bill

(4) https://www.aclu.org/about/aclu-history

(5) http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/02/11/new-transgender-doll-modeled-after-reality-star-jazz-jennings/

When Chaos reigns, logic is lost.

I’d like to send Kudos to the Lost Generation of students represented at U.C. Berkeley. To quote actor Strother Martin, in the movie Cool Hand Luke, “What we’ve got here, is failure to communicate.”

On Tuesday night, a mob of violent Berkeley Democrats tonight attacked the campus venue where Breitbart.com editor Milo Yiannopolous was scheduled to speak, breaking windows, starting fires and hurling explosives, forcing University of California officials to cancel the speech. Police were called and most of the university was place on lockdown.

This is just another example of the Lost Generation of Youth that we are witnessing on college campuses today. These entitled brats think the proper way to excel in life is to whine, cry, and in extreme cases like Berkeley, riot and destroy other people’s property. I mention entitled brats because many of the students are sent to college on their parent’s dime, instead of working their way through. Or in other cases, they get government grants that they do not intend to pay back.

I find their attitude shocking since Berkeley is generally considered the ‘Birth Place’ of the Free Speech Movement, and have held that title since 1964. Back then, the extent of the ‘protests’ by the student body, consisted of marching and handing out pamphlets.

I question where the element of ‘free speech’ went in the latest uprising. The entire event was apparently sparked by the appearance of Milo Yiannopolous, a controversial speaker and the editor of Brietbart News, and a notable supporter of our current President.

Yiannopolous has been on tour throughout the U.S., doing speeches at a variety of college campuses. He has labeled his lectures ‘The Dangerous Faggot Tour’. It is true that Yiannopolous is a lightning rod for dissent. He particularly likes to criticize feminist and gay leaders (though he is gay). In a typical move, on Saturday he posted to social media a GIF of sheep being herded, with the line “Live Stream of Women’s March.”

But the fact is, that he does have the right to speak freely and for the students at Berkeley to oppose this, when they started the movement in the first place, waves the flag, ‘its OK if we speak freely, but not you.’

And where the hell were the police? It seems that they turned a blind eye to the chaos that was erupting. At last count, no one had been arrested for destruction of property. Could it be that the police were TOLD to back off by the college administration? This sounds too much like Baltimore all over again.

Going to college used to be about the concept of ‘higher learning’. More and more these days, the lunatics are running the asylum. We see the liberal left protesting about virtually everything under the sun instead of having vigorous discussions in the classroom. The general idea these days is if you don’t like it; destroy it, instead of talking about how to make it better.

As long as our first amendment right of freedom of speech is curtailed by these fanatical left-wing protestors, our society is headed in a downward slope. This right must be protected at all costs and a judicious application of punishment for offenders needs to be put in place. There must be a communication from officials, as to the correct and incorrect way of protesting.

Hopefully, the new administration will take these events into consideration, when they craft new laws and return power to our dedicated police agencies.

Charles W. Massie

References
Birth of FSM – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Speech_Movement

Milo Yiannopoulos event cancelled – http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/01/us/milo-yiannopoulos-berkeley/index.html

Dangerous Faggot Tour – http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7266

Cool Hand Luke – Movie Distributed by Warner Brothers (1967)

… and the winners are …

Congratulations to all the winners of the GOODREADS contest. Each of those listed below will receive a copy of 'The Boy in The Bin' within the next 2 weeks.

Ann Ellis of Kentucky. 
Natalie Salvo of New South Wales, 
Tony Entrekin of Alabama, 
Melanie Scarborough of Tennessee, 
Joe VanHoorik of Minnesota, 
Elena Shvetsova of New South Wales, 
Erica Greca of Florida, 
Aaron Brinker of Oklahoma, 
Connie Williamson of North Carolina, 
Gayle Cappelluti of New York

…reworking … what a drag

I’m currently re-editing Pinned, because I wanted to tone down much of the graphic sex scenes and streamline the book … once I finish that task, I will be working on doing the same thing to Stains on The Gavel … I haven’t decided whether or not to merge the two books together or yet, but will figure that out once everything is done…