Daily Prompt Someone Else’s Island We’ve all been asked what five objects we’d take with us to a desert island. Now it’s your best friend’s (or close relative’s) turn to be stranded: what five objects would you send him/her off with?
Jennifer Chiaverini was not initially a writer of historical fiction. She was a writing instructor (good degrees) and she wrote books about quilting. These books were compelling to a certain audience so, it would seem that the way the abysmal read of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker ended up such a mega-seller was that Chiaverini’s platform was well built and solid. People had enjoyed her quilt novels the Elm Creek Quilt series. And her quilt patterns.
I’m left remembering a day I was riding my mountain bike and trying to watch a red tail hawk soar at the same time. Obviously I landed in the bush. I’d been reveling in the fact that riding a mountain bike down a gently sloped single track felt like flying when I’d seen the bird. I’d once thought that the red tail hawk was my, I dunno, spirit brother? I may have been right because at the moment I fell, I KNEW that I should have been doing AS the hawk was doing (watching intently) not WHAT the hawk was doing (flying).
That’s where I am now. I need to do AS Chiarverini has done (build a readership) not WHAT (write badly). How am I going to do that? I realized this morning when I got up that I AM doing that here on WordPress. I can do it more aggressively by coming up with a book people might want to read. Both my novels are very readable, but they are out of the mainstream in terms of place and time. I think I have the power to fix that. I need to write something that could be published conventionally. I have the story already, I think.
Oh as for this daily prompt? I’d give my friend a ticket home. Obviously. And a portable water filtration/purification system. A medical kit. Swiss Army knife.