One Ending

Posted On Nov 14 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/11/14/one-ending/Follow Okay, I’ll attempt to get back into Robert McKee’s “Story” on my bloggin’ site. I’m up to “The Substance of Story.” If you haven’t read McKee’s book yet, he does a wonderful job of putting his main points in large bold letters and as separate headers. It makes it easy to find when you want to come back to it. So today’s header topic is “A STORY must build to a final action beyond which the audience cannot imagine another.” Everyone resounds with a mighty “No Duh!” But it’s harder than it looks. I think, for me, it may …


My Voice or Lack Thereof

Posted On Nov 7 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/11/07/my-voice-or-lack-thereof/Follow It’s pretty sad, isn’t it, when I Writer doesn’t post on his blog because he can’t think of anything to say. Truth is, I can think of lots of things to say, I’m just concerned that some of them will have me hauled off to spend the rest of my days longing for TV time and crafts that involve nothing sharper than a boiled potato. I wanted to talk about voice a little today. I’m not sure why, it seems to be the most elusive of writing subjects. I think, because, it’s really nothing that can be taught. It …


Sleepy Shadows

Posted On Oct 27 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/10/27/sleepy-shadows/Follow By Thursday, I’m really hating the 4am routine. I sit here at my desk and drift toward the edge of sleep, pull myself back, and keep my fingers dancing over the keyboard in the hope of getting some actual work done. I mean the job I get paid for, not the writing. Unusual things happen when I get into that state of mind, though. Thoughts and images that you’d normally keep safely tucked away peek out around the edge of the door. You see things differently when you can barely see at all. Today I started thinking (passive verb …


My Favorite Protag

Posted On Oct 22 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/10/22/my-favorite-protag/Follow Sometimes I get a brilliant thought. Then my crit group points out that it’s not all that brilliant and I start over again. This time, though, I think I’m on to something. Okay, it wasn’t really my thought, it’s been written about time and time again, but at least I’m starting to get it. My favorite protag is me. Everything I’ve written has a protag who leads a dull life as an engineer and suddenly finds himself in unusual circumstances. Problem is, he’s still a boring engineer. I told Dineen this, that we have a tendancy to write auto-bios …


Up North

Posted On Oct 20 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/10/20/up-north/Follow For those of you unfamiliar with Michigan, Up North is an actual geographic location. You won’t see it on a map, but you’ll know when you’re there. Your first indication that you’ve arrived Up North is the sudden presence of “Jerky Outlets” and something called the “Family Bar.” I did not spend my time in a Family Bar nor did I eat any beef jerky (though, come to think of it, that would have been good). I unhooked my 33′ travel trailer in the middle of state land for our annual Doe Camp. It’s supposed to be a hunting …


Man Tired

Posted On Oct 11 2005 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2005/10/11/man-tired/Follow That was the title to a Gordon Macquarrie story. If you don’t know who Gordon Macquarrie is, don’t feel bad. He’s my favorite outdoor writer. Unfortunately, he left us in 1954. If you ever get the chance, get a copy of “Tales of the Old Duck Hunters and Other Drivel.” It’s a collection of his stories. Even if you’re not a hunter, they’re funny and wonderful tales of his relationship with his father-in-law, Hizzoner the President of the Old Duck Hunter’s Association, Inc. (the Inc. stands for Incorrigible). That title does describe how I feel this week. My 4am …