Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Style Brush Strokes 2 of 5: Absolutes

What am I reading now?  Lost Prince (Julie Kagawa)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  Another great kick-off book for an exciting series! The story connects to Kagawa's Iron Fey series. There are new characters and some interactions with the characters we love from the first four books (See my reviews of the first series here:
Iron King, Iron Daughter, Iron Queen
and Iron Knight)

Ethan Chase's life changed when his sister, Maegan, left the human world to become the Iron Queen. But really it changed way before that...when he was kidnapped and taken into the faery realm at age 4. Since then he has been able to see past the glamour that hides most non-humans from the notice of normal people. He wants nothing to do with that world. Nothing.

His choice changes when a girl from his high school (that he wouldn't dare fall for--yeah, right) is dragged into the nightmare that is his life. He might want to turn his back on all things Fey but he must save her.
Here are the first two lines: My name is Ethan Chase. And I doubt I'll live to see my eighteenth birthday.

Style Brush Strokes Part 2 of 5
by Harry Noden
2•Absolute: is a description using a two-­word combination of a noun + a participle (an ing-­verb or ed-­verb), an absolute zooms into a detail of the
whole picture, absolute phrases add to the meaning of the independent sentence they modify
The climber edged along the cliff.
The climber edged along the cliff, hands shaking, feet trembling. 
Practice: Find the the absolute(s)
“The mummy was moving. The mummy’s right arm was outstretched, the torn wrappings hanging from it, as the being stepped out of its gilded box! The scream froze in her throat. The thing was coming towards her—towards Henry, who stood with his back to it—moving with a weak shuffling gait, that arm outstretched before it, the dust rising from the rotting linen that covered it, a great smell of dust and decay filling the room. (Ann Rice—The Mummy)
Apply: Identify a basic sentence in your WIP where you can use an absolute and rewrite the sentence.
This series of posts are just a VERY SMALL sampling 
of the types of writing exercises in Noden's book.

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