Things You Notice When You Print Out Your Novel

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This week I printed out ‘Novel 2’ for the first time. It took me right back to early last year, when I printed out ‘Novel 1’ for the first time. I posted a blog back then sharing reasons to print your work in progress. This time I’d like to focus not so much on the reasons why you should print your work, but the things you’ll notice when you do.

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#5DayMiniBlogBlitz “An Extra Shot” by Stephen Anthony Brotherton

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An Extra Shot continues to tell the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo. It moves backwards and forwards through time in a series of first-person flashbacks and describes how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over thirty-five years later.

A failed reconciliation in book one, Another Shot, has left Freddie at a railway station thinking about jumping under a train and Jo-Jo in a hotel room consumed with the dark secret she has carried for most of her adult life. Freddie is saved by his best friend, Jack Sparrow, and Jo-Jo is convinced by her daughter, Amy, to meet up with Freddie again. Freddie then persuades Jo-Jo to go away with him for a long weekend in Devon and the couple return home with their love reignited.

However, Jo-Jo can’t let their relationship continue without telling Freddie the truth about her dark secret. Is their love strong enough to get them through?

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Stephen A BrothertonAuthor Bio  

‘I was born in Walsall, grew up in the West Midlands and now live in Telford with my two cats, Boris and Tai. After working in the health and social care sector for over thirty years, I have now taken early retirement to write the trilogy that has been rooted in my head for most of my life.

Another Shot is the first book in the Shots trilogy, which is based on a first love relationship I had as a teenager. It tells the story of Freddie and Jo-Jo, who are reunited in a coffee shop three decades after the end of their teenage romance. How they originally met, why they parted, what happens in their lives apart, and what happens when they reunite is all told through a series of first person vignettes. The second book, An Extra Shot, will be published in July 2019. I am currently working on the final installment.

Getting these stories down on paper has been a cathartic process. I hope you enjoy them. ‘

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Home” – Stephanie Mills

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Songs from movies.

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Technically, my SLS choice originated in a Broadway musical.

Home was sung by then relatively unknown artist, Stephanie Mills, in The Wiz, William F. Brown’s retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with an all-black cast in 1975.

However, the stage play was made into a big budget movie three years later and Diana Ross sang (and killed) Mills’ signature song.

While Home is a favorite of mine, it’s special to me because it was my baby brother’s favorite song. I mean he REALLY loved the song… so much so, that when he passed away from AIDS-related complications in 1993, the song was played during his memorial service, and a line from the song, “When I think of home,” was placed on his headstone, per his wishes.

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Mills performs the song in the official video after releasing Home on her 1989 album of the same name.

FUN FACTS:

  • Mills’ 1989 release of Home went all the way to number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart.
  • Whitney Houston made her world debut on The Merv Griffin Show on April 29, 1983 performing Home.
  • The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical
  • .Motown Productions acquired the film rights to The Wiz in 1977, and signed Stephanie Mills in anticipation of having her star as Dorothy in the film adaptation. Motown singer and actress Diana Ross asked Motown CEO Berry Gordy to cast her instead, but he declined, feeling that the then-33-year-old Ross was far too old for the part. However, she contacted Rob Cohen of Universal Pictures, who offered to have them finance the film if she were to play Dorothy, at which point he acquiesced.
  • The film was a critical and commercial failure, performing poorly at the box office and severely panned by critics, who branded the casting of Ross instead of Mills as Dorothy a disastrous blunder.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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