Shannon Stacey

Just another manic Monday

Random musings…

Saturday afternoon we bought Harry Potter, but of course the tall kid got first dibs—theoretically they’re for him. *g* He finished it last night, so it’s my turn. Yay! Of course I’m horribly busy right now, but I’ll squeeze out a few minutes here and there. I’d already been sneaking pages here and there. (Using here and there in two consecutive sentences would be a no-no.)

From a local weather forecast: Hurricane Emily may cause significant damage to southern Texas, but should, thankfully, miss the United States.

The fabulous JaynieR says it all about the recent Squawking with a 3 part rant. :clap:

And a warning from The Knight Agency blog. Somebody’s impersonating Deidre, so if you get an out-of-the blue email from them that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

In other news, I’m reading a book right now (sporadically—why does it suddenly seem as if there are only 10 hours in every day), and I’m learning from it a most valuable lesson on voice. It’s one of those stories told by three narrators, all in the first person. Each time the story passes to the next narrator, her name marks the passage. That’s fine. Not my favorite kind of book, but I really enjoying the story.

But I’ve become aware as I’m reading that, without the name to mark the change, I wouldn’t even know it had taken place. These three woman hail from the same part of the country, but come from wildly different backgrounds. They’ve all led very different lives and have very different outlooks on life. So why do they all sound the same? Why is each not unique enough in speech pattern and vocabulary and…just plain old “voice” that I can’t tell them apart?

Anyway. It’s a good book, with a story I’m enjoying, plus I’m learning something from it. Yay!

14 comments to “Just another manic Monday”

  1. Beth C
      · July 18th, 2005 at 8:01 am · Link

    Shannon, I recently read a book presented in first person, told from the view-points of three different women. I wonder if it’s the same one? LOL It was a different kind of read for me, but I really enjoyed the story! :clap:

  2. cece
      · July 18th, 2005 at 9:14 am · Link

    I’ve read one done from a woman’s viewpoint as well as a teenagers and even though the chapters are marked, you can definitely tell the difference in character voice!

  3. Charlene
      · July 18th, 2005 at 9:16 am · Link

    For some reason this discussion makes me want to reread Neil Stephenson’s Snow Crash and see how he created such different voices from character to character. But I will resist the urge because it’s BIAW!

    My favorite response to the squawking: Jaid Black’s post on her blog. Go Jaid! :cheer:

  4. Kate
      · July 18th, 2005 at 10:04 am · Link

    that’s all.

  5. Kitty
      · July 18th, 2005 at 10:52 am · Link

    Me confused. Isn’t Texas part of the US? :???:

  6. Kate
      · July 18th, 2005 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Last time I looked it was, Kitty. Shan, is that a red vs blue state kinda comment? one can only hope. . .

  7. Patrice Michelle
      · July 18th, 2005 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Shannon, just had to stop by and tell you I love your new look!! :)

  8. Jordan
      · July 18th, 2005 at 2:49 pm · Link

    :lmao: Love the weather report. Perhaps, someone should mail them a map.

  9. Anna Lucia
      · July 18th, 2005 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Well, yeah, I’m not even in the US, but I thought that….


  10. Gina
      · July 18th, 2005 at 4:24 pm · Link


    I think I had the same reaction to the weather report. Should we inform Texas they aren’t part of the US anymore?

  11. Shannon
      · July 18th, 2005 at 10:31 pm · Link

    I was :lmao: during the newscast. I couldn’t believe he said that. :doh:

    I haven’t read that one, Charli. I’ll have to check it out. And it was one of the new NEXT books from Harlequin. It’s the first one I’ve read, and it’s got me really excited about the new line! :nod:

    And thanks, Patrice!

  12. Larissa
      · July 19th, 2005 at 11:47 am · Link

    I always suspected that southern Texas was another country… :cheesy:

  13. Jaynie R
      · July 20th, 2005 at 4:09 am · Link

    :dance: OMG, I’m fabulous!


  14. Shannon
      · July 21st, 2005 at 6:44 am · Link

    Of course you are! :kiss:

    We moved to Texas from New England when I was 4 (we were there for maybe a year), and it did indeed seem like a foreign country to me. :rofl:

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