Monday, March 2, 2015

Violence In Books

Before I published Birth of a Vixen it ran the beta tester gambit. After getting a lot of feedback. Most was helpful. But nothing beat the final round when I gave out only the first three chapters.

The pages were passed out to three people. One liked them and wanted more pages. The second loved it. The third could not finish chapter one. Why? Because she knew me. She knew how devoteed a mother I am. She couldn't fathom what I wrote. It was too much violence. I was beyond thrilled.

Say what?

Yes, I was overjoyed because this meant my prose were on point. That scene was meant to horrify, to stupify,  to show how fucked up a life Angela had when Thais controlled her body.

But Colleen the first chapter is meant to hook readers not scare them away.

The first 200 words are the hook. I used that whole chapter to show the reader: 1) Who are these characters? 2) Why is Angela quick to work with the rebels? And 3) I am not afraid of going too far. That the truth of this fictional reality is real.

Over the next few weeks I will delve further into violence in storytelling. I will cover books, television, movies, music, and maybe the news. Asking questions like: Why is it done? Can it be over done? Or does Syfy have it right when they smother it with comedy?

If you have any questions or comments please leave message. This could be a great discussion.


  1. But, yet, is thar violence in the Great Beyond? Nope. No one is ever rude or violent... or else they wouldn't be amitted; they'd haveto stay in Purgatory for a bit longer. Is thar violence in the Abyss o'Misery? 24/7/365 for eternity. Pick which one you shall be a part of, dear. Im choosing Seventh-Heaven; I invite you 2B a part of extravagant brilliance for the length and breadth of eternity. Lemme fill-you-up withe avant-gardeness and wisdom necessary to achieve Utopia, girl, cuzz believe-you-me, I wouldn't lie to you. I've been there...

    Wanna find-out the fax, Jak, in a wurld fulla the 'power of cowards'? Wanna wiseabove to help a 'Plethora Of Wurdz' [POW!] which are look'n for a new home in thy novelty??

    Q: But [gulp] can anyone tell me the difference between K2 plus IQ? A: Nthn. In Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HeeHee Need a few more thots, ideers, wild wurdz (whoa, Nelly! easy, girl) or ironclad iconoclasms?

    VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI: As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go thro in this lifelong demise, I wanna help U.S. git past the ping-pong-politics, the whorizontal more!ass! we're in (Latin: words to [the] wise)...

    "This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

    I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET! any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (in [the] end without end -Saint Augustine) when my o-so-beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires.

    "Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

    Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

    Go gitt'm, girl. You're incredible. See you Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty Abyss where Isis prowls
    PS Need summore unique, uncivilized, useless names? Lemme gonna gitcha started, brudda:

    Oak Woods, Franky Sparks, Athena Noble, Autumn Rose, Faith Bishop, Dolly Martin, Willow Rhodes, Cocoa Major, Roman Stone, Bullwark Burnhart, Magnus Wilde, Kardiak Arrest, Will Wright, Goldy Silvers, Penelope Summers, Sophie Sharp, Violet Snow, Lizzy Roach, BoxxaRoxx, Aunty Dotey, Romero Stark, Zacharia Neptoo, Mercurio Morrissey, Fritz & Felix Franz, Victor Payne, Isabella Silverstein, Mercedes Kennedy, Redding Rust, Phoenix Martini, Ivy Squire, Sauer Wolfe, Yankee Cooky, -blessed b9 ...shake well B4 use!

    God blessa youse
    -Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL

    1. Thank you for your insight. Best wishes in all your en devours. Bless you.
      -Colleen Tews