• Clark Farley
    • RI, US
    • Joined in October 2015
  • Clark Farley commented on Chapter 6 :
    6/28/2017 12:35:38 AM
    I know I've used the quote before, but this chapter makes it all the more appropriate (I can't recall which writer being referred to), 'extraordinary things happen to ... Show More
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    THE SEQUEL TO THE 2016 JUKEPOP SUMMER WRITING PROJECT TOP-25 RANKED SERIAL THE LAKE GIANTS!! Skylar Green is back, and ... More Info
    • Andre Clemons Thanks for reading!! The fight scenes are always tough to write (choreographing the action in a new and exciting way without going crazy is a bit of a challenge) but the world of Lake Luna is a colorful and crazy canvas where anything can happen and I try to push the limits as much as I can.
      6/28/2017 2:01:02 AM
  • Andre Clemons commented on Chapter 6 :
    6/24/2017 4:10:55 AM
    I can't help it--maybe it's because I listen to a lot of rap--but "Cornell Haynes" is actually the real name of the rapper Nelly...so that's all I kept thinking about ... Show More
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    Sister Margaret Ryan becomes more accustomed to the quiet, contemplative life at the Convent, right up until she ... More Info
    Genres:
    Cross-Genre, Mystery
    • Clark Farley ...get outta town!... no way (Did not know that (about Nelly)... finding names for characters is actually and interestingly involved and somewhat convoluted process ("Yes, way...lol) At one level, if I have a culture/ethnicity already in mind, I'll go to the name directories, like Constantin. Others I'm looking for a heritage/background say, with Arlen Mayhew... in that case the last name came from researching Martha's Vineyard, up in New England... for the last name. Names, for me, are tough, but when I get the right one, it totally helps for the character development. Damn those narrative threads! It's a tug-of-war between 'write the story and get out in under 65k words and 'I wonder how that detective fellow got to be so impatient. The first (approach) is practical, the second more fun) Reading Robert Parker ('Spenser for Hire') a lot and I've noticed that, although Parker's got some great supporting characters, every book is simply about Spenser. We follow his path through the story. There is some level of secondary plot, but it's a straightforward narrative. Theres the struggle. Thanks for the commentation
      6/24/2017 11:27:26 AM
  • Andre Clemons commented on Chapter 5 :
    6/20/2017 3:55:18 AM
    The detective seems rather...persistent, doesn't he? Also, great use of the backstory in the first half of the chapter. Kinda slowed the narrative down (in a good way) ... Show More
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    Sister Margaret Ryan becomes more accustomed to the quiet, contemplative life at the Convent, right up until she ... More Info
    Genres:
    Cross-Genre, Mystery
    • Clark Farley that! is the wrestling match I face every time I set into the .... er, keyboard-shaped ring?...nah... the monitor of death?.... the squared circle of electrons?!! lol... the business of backstory versus forward moving narrative. All the books and experts be sayin, 'ever thang must advance the story' but I still need to portray the environment the setting, right? Guess I'm stuck with these semi-asides because it's necessary at least as to how I (am currently) able to write it out. Thanks for the comment, the business of writing is, for me as much (at times more) fun as the story itself.
      6/20/2017 10:33:11 AM
  • Clark Farley commented on Chapter 5 :
    6/13/2017 10:49:52 AM
    Put me down in the ‘Agree’ column next to, ‘scientists reluctantly conclude that the tenacity of the mindless response of the masses, beyond measure by the that state of ... Show More
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    • Andre Clemons I totally understand that whole "big picture/drawing the camera back" routine. When writing a story, I tend to think cinematically, figuring out the big moments and small moments, crafting the dialogue and really letting the world of the narrative breathe. Lake Luna is such an interesting character in itself and surprises me the more I write about it.
      6/16/2017 4:09:28 AM
    • Clark Farley and *that*, "...surprises me the more I write about it." is surely the coolest thing about this writing thing, to have a place (or people) reveal things about themselves that is a total surprise, despite the fact that we created them! The 'I didn't know that' effect. Equally fun is when relationships reveal themselves between characters that I had not anticipated when I started the character on their way through life. way, way more fun than watching TV
      6/16/2017 10:50:19 AM
  • Andre Clemons commented on Chapter 4 :
    6/12/2017 2:21:15 AM
    This Dru subplot really has my mind reeling. I'm still wondering who this stranger is and am also wondering if and when Sister Ryan will cross paths with him...
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    Sister Margaret Ryan becomes more accustomed to the quiet, contemplative life at the Convent, right up until she ... More Info
    Genres:
    Cross-Genre, Mystery
    • Clark Farley Hey Andre, very telling comment, thank you. For me, the comments are as much about the craft as the story... I am trying to build increasing connection among the plot lines, even as I type out each chapter! lol no, seriously! It’s not a secret that my approach to writing these involves extreme seat of pants... as in, I actually do not know the plot any further than the current chapter (maybe one out from the current chapter)... this poses interesting challenges to me (as writer) and the book (as a story). I will be releasing Chapters 11 & 12 today which will get the main characters into motion. (Interesting problem: how many are too many strong, i.e. characters in one story? What about subplots? How many does it take to confuse a reader, rather than intrigue? I re-read a lot of Robert Parker’s Spenser stories and it seems that the plot is very much a single thread running from start to finish. I like Robert Parker. But then again, when I discover an interesting character, its almost unavoidable that there be a subplot. Like Sister Catherine growing up in an orphanage. I mean, I gotta include that…right? Lol Probably is somewhere in between. I don’t want to write a single character story, but I also have to exercise some restraint in subplots…. Thanks for the additional perspective.
      6/12/2017 9:54:54 AM
  • Clark Farley commented on Chapter 4 :
    6/7/2017 2:26:38 AM
    Nice set up with a skateboard close* to the Chapter. Agreeing with TP on the excellent line (about the world getting destroyed)… it’s very human and realistic, such ... Show More
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    • Andre Clemons At this point, when living in Lake Luna, one has to get used to the uncanny. The capacity of the human spirit is nearly limitless but, as you'll soon see, those limits will be tested to their breaking point.
      6/9/2017 3:56:50 AM
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