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MY LOST MEXICO
by James A. Michener © 1992
[Recommended by Charlotte M. Liebel © 2011]
James A. Michener published his separate book-length guide to the novel MEXICO in the commentary: MY LOST MEXICO. In his own voice and pen, he teaches what I call: the Art of Writing. I am reading it for the first time. He says he wrote 10 Chapters of MEXICO with history & photos of his characters… became disillusioned, boxed it, and resurrected it 30 years later. Michener was born: February 3, 1907 – Died October 16, 1997 = 90 yrs of age.
I recommend the commentary book especially to writers for Michener’s significant expertise in creating a history about what he was about to write. He called it: MY LOST MEXICO. It was a significant book because he wrote it as a follow-up of the novel MEXICO telling everyone how he lived the novel. He devoted his book to the details about how he met and plotted every character, every town, and every family history. In it, he records meeting bull fighters and writes them into the book. He photographs scenes of people and places and includes descriptive details in the ultimate story. He establishes how his characters’ relationships developed in America and Mexico and how it came to be that their ancestors lived in territories he mentions in his original novel. This is a book I recommend to all writers. This is one-hundred percent worth the read whether or not one reads the fictional storybook.
It surprised me to find several new copies of this book available at Amazon.com for pennies. His fans aren’t interested in the development of his story … they only want to read the finished product. On the other hand, I am awed at the “journey” and the “author.” His studies about people, cultures, countries – were published in an anthology, as well.
Read the book Writing Historical Fiction by Rhona Martin who is a winner of England’s Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize. She is well versed in this genre.
Historical Fiction is more than filling the pages of a novel with ideas and dialogue. It requires building a plot and developing language of the era for diverse characters. Without question, the historical writer must create accurate descriptions of behaviors, dress, and special story interests.
In contrast to writing events by contemporary authors, entertainment includes actions that readers of historical fiction will expect to recognize. As customs in small communities are rooted in farming, textiles, shipping, and modes of travel, a person’s adventures are defined by their culture and education.
Throughout: the stories tell about hero and heroins of ancient lore who speak in dialects consistent with their countries and so will their visiting travelers from other lands.
Charlotte Liebel (c)2011
CATS ARE UNPREDICTABLE: My Cat Left Home
By Charlotte Liebel © 2011
My elderly aunt has a feral cat that hides behind the washer and dryer from everyone during the day. At night he jumps in bed and sleeps on the pillow next to her. Just loves her and trained himself. “Cat” is his name and he is black with a cold, shiny, charcoal colored nose.
Perhaps you love cats as I do and hope that your feral cat might do the same…just up-and-become tame, one day. Cats are unpredictable… and independent…as you must know.
I loved my own cat and must tell you that I shall never forget her. When I moved with our family kitty, Minnie, it was fifty miles away from our old house. She didn’t like the new neighborhood.
Minnie tried extremely hard to adjust to the front yard but a mean old stray cat had already claimed that territory. The spacious backyard was not safe for her because Jimmy, the family dog, enjoyed his treasured new freedom and was a rascal cat-chaser.
One day, Minnie disappeared. I looked everywhere for her but couldn’t find her anywhere. Every day I hoped for her surprise return. It didn’t happen. I had to give up looking after two weeks but in the back of my mind I was always thinking she would come home. As the previous home was not yet sold, one month later I drove the distance to spend one day clearing the weeds that had grown. It was summer. Late in the afternoon, I opened all the windows to let fresh air into the house.
In the living room, I opened the French windows and looked down into the bushes beneath the window sill. I couldn’t have been more shocked and devastated. There lay my Minnie’s coat … only that … for her essence had left our world. She had followed the sound of trains along the tracks from our new home to find peace at her family home. Family pets need the love and protection that we don’t always understand. But I can learn.