Up to Snuff #82: Fiction Ideas

Up to Snuff #82:  Fiction Ideas

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Descriptions

Describing people fully (dressing style, body, mannerisms, facial expressions, smell, personality, personality history, events that molded personality, pedigree, claim to fame, why to love or how to love)

Describing thoughts and narration

Describing places

Describing events

Describing time periods or era’s

Describing actions

Describing dialog

Having a thread that unites all the writing

Having a plot, basis or purpose for the writing

Having an audience

Having built a strong visualization and sensuality

Having developed your characters so that people have a feeling for them

Use of technology or software

Giving gifts and teaching simultaneously that values the book (cultural gifts, details)

Scenes as if it were a “screenplay” which they often become

Working from photos or imagery to create richer descriptions

Staging

Beautiful language, introducing vocabulary

Lessons, often used in High School English classes

Tell a good story

A map

A beginning, middle and end

Research histories and parallels

Suspense, thrill, exultation, surprise, build up, crescendo, unveiling, birth, crux, bridge, moving

Page-turner status, glue them in, have something your audience wants eg. fantasy, romance, gifts, bread crumb trails, teachings, romantic lifestyle, spirituality

All the way through its storytelling and descriptions

Use timelines

Settings, international agenda, historical events, history plus romance, valuation or commemoration of things or places, historical lenses (social, economic, cultural, political etc.), dramatic occurrences, blow-up of dots of mundane or ordinary or small events as something special or existential, human condition, a period or era feeling, a sign of the times

Capturing emotional feelings, tears, euphoria, anger, joy, hope, inciting, fears, gaiety, pinpointing emotions

Dialog design

Carry from one feeling to the next, keep suspended

Make a software for each book

Up to Snuff #81: What a books trajectory can be

Up to Snuff #81:  What a book’s trajectory can be

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Fiction-Used by filmmakers, to popular culture, page-turners, high school English classes, libraries, bookstores

Poetry-To musicians for songwriting, also to film if vivid enough or beautified thought, popular culture, libraries, bookstores, poetry slams, readings, reading filmings

Non-Fiction-Historical archives, primary or secondary sources, libraries, school text books, into knowledge, used as a resource, something for study, documentaries, educational films

Up to Snuff #80: What’s what in writing?

Up to Snuff #80:  What’s what in writing?

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

(Extracted from “A Pocket Style Manual,” By Diana Hacker, Table of Contents)

Clarity-tightening of wordy sentences, preference for active verbs, repairs dangling modifiers, provide sentence variety, find appropriate voice

Grammar-Make subjects and verbs agree, other problems with verbs, use pronouns with care, use adjectives and adverbs appropriately, repair sentence fragments, revise run-on sentences, review grammar concerns for multilingual writers

Punctuation-the comma, semicolon and colon, apostrophe, quotation marks, other marks

Mechanics-capitalization, abbreviations, numbers and italics, spelling and the hyphen

Up to Snuff #79: Vocabulary List #4

Up to Snuff #79:  Vocabulary List #4

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Glean

Seize

Immense

Abstraction

Iconography

Banal

Dreary

Rural worker

Harvested

Astoundingly

Monolithic

Subscription

Ostensible

Interpreter

Contemporaries

Stress

Stippled

Sub theme

Jettisoned

Delectation

Glistening

Adolescent

Womanhood

Flatness

Contentless

Motifs

Chromatic Systems

Replica

Steeped

Canonical

Transcend

Proliferation

Hermetic

Atmospheric

Eschewed

Mechanization

Redescribe

Paradigmatic

Aristocrat

Galloping

Headlong

Honorary

Reappraisal

Collectivized

Bureaucrats

Antecedents

Judgements

Re-enactments

Isolated

Landscape

Subtlety

Connoisseur

Unscaleable

Assiduous

Venerated

Explicating

Geographic areas

Zeitgeist

Venetian

Majesty

Raw aggression

Breadth

Ephemeral

Expressive

Passions

Construction

Crowning Achievement

Dynastic

Contemporaneity

Successor

Portrayed

Propagated

Falsity

Comparatively

Pervasive

Undifferentiated

Simplistic

Pointillism

Easel

Stemmed

Counterparts

Retrospective

Forum

Forthrightly

Commodified

Rival

Tightly organized

Disdain

Expressive

Phenomena

one point perspective

Abandon

Impermanent

Neutrality

Divergence

Utopian

Purist

Coalitions

Stylistic

Dextrous

Finicky

Reconcile

Motivated

Definition

Elaborate

Subjectivity

Temporal

Compression

Promenade

Illuminate

Illusionists

Emphasized

Vision

Realms

Symbolism

Literary

Superficiality

Counterbalance

Offshoot

Folk Tales

Mythology

Arcane

Lesser Extent

Patronage

Secular

Cults

Sorts

Binary

Compositions

Transparent

Illusory

Bland

Tenets

Artificiality

Loosely

Sequence

Apologists

Pervasive

Critics

Models

Journals

Itinerants

Wanderers

Collective

Objective

Positivist

Militaristic

Avant-garde

Authoritarian

Theoretical

Interplay

Aesthetic

Classification

Canonical

Immense

Rapidity of execution

Sheer diversity

Rightly

Medieval

Moral

Transparentt

Medium

Depicted

Value

Popularized

Progeny

Linear

Tonal

Outline

Paradoxically

Narrow

Notion

Fluorescence

Underlies

Urban

Fluid

Exchangeable

Investigations

Principal

Commentators

Inventive

Conveniences

Manufactured

Governed

Fashionable

Inconceivable without

Provincial

Pictorial

Asymmetry

Glorification

Mechanically

Observation

Representational

Decried

Garishness

Crudity

Allegory

Pavilion

Exposition

Censorship

Profound

Methodologically

Hobbled

Defined

Paramount

Debates

Extracted from Art History books

Up to Snuff #78: General Classics Book List

Up to Snuff #78:  General Classics Book List

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood

1984, George Orwell

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Of Mice & Men, John Steinbeck

Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Stranger, Albert Camus

The Old Man & The Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly

Jaluladdin, Raffi Beyou Miloyan

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

Animal Farm, George Orwell

Romeo & Juliet, William Shakespeare

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

War & Peace, Leo Tolstoy

The Kite Runner, Khalid Hosseini

Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

Catch 22, Joseph Heller

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marques

Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khalid Hosseini

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

Watership Down, Richard Adams

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

The Illiad, Homer

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas

Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

Ulysses, James Joyce

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

The Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

A Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Dracula, Braun Stoker

Les Miserables, Victor Hugo

Crime & Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Slaughter House Five, Kurt Vonnegut

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

A Man Without Qualities, Robert Musil

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Alices Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

Emma, Jane Austen

For When the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Middle March, George Eliot

The Odyssey, Homer

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust

The Stranger, Albert Camus

The Trial, Franz Kafka

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

The Stand, Stephen King

A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

Sophie’s Choice, William Styrn

Persuasion, Jane Austen

The Secret Life of Bee’s, Sue Monk Kidd

The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Flowers of Algernon, Daniel Keyes

The Republic, Plato

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

Tess of the Durbervilles, Thomas Hardy

The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis

The Thornbirds, Colleen McCullough

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak

The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafun

The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas

As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner

The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri

Vanity Fair, William Makepearce Thackray

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

My Antonia, Willa Cather

Macbeth, William Shakespeare

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Master of Margarita, Mikhail Bulgkov

Quran

Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu

Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathon Swift

Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf

The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi

Reaching Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nahsi

Foundation, Isaac Asimov

Faust, Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway

Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

Don Juan, Lord Byron

House of Spirits, Isabel Allende

Arabian Nights, anonymous

Rebecca, Daphne Dumaurier

The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling

Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers

The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot

The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan

Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Vernes

Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

Finnigan’s Wake, James Joyce

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel

Othello, William Shakespeare

Les Fleurs du Mal, Charles Baudelaire

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

Factotum, Charles Bukowski

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams Bianco

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

Metamorphoses, Ovid

Orlando, Virginia Woolf

The Man in the Iron Mask, Alexandre Dumas

White Teeth, Zadie Smith

Waiting for Godot, Samuel Becket

In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

The Red & The  Black, Stendahl

Ethics, Baruch Spinoza

Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy

Lost Illusions, Honore de Balzac

Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood

Candide, Voltaire

The Tell Tale Heart & Other Writings, Edgar Allan Poe

The Story of My Life, Helen Keller

On the Road, Jack Kerouac

The World According to Garp, John Irving

Botanical Shakespeare, Gerit Quealy

The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

Orientalism, Edward W. Said

The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing

The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

The Second World War, Winston S. Churchill

Aeneid, Virgil

Where the Sidewalk Ends, Silverstein

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Aleph and Other Stories, Jorge Luis Borges

The Waves, Virginia Woolf

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Up to Snuff #77: Diction, Style and Tone

Up to Snuff #77:  Diction, Style, Tone

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Diction-word choice, specific words a writer uses

Tone-reflection on author’s attitude (serious, casual)

Style- can be objective, humorous, subjective, satiric, reflective, detached, pedantic, nostalgic, serious, pessimistic, ambivalent, argumentative, conversational

Annotated-Highlighted points from text

Style

Syntax-Sentence Structure

Vary long and short sentences

 

 

Up to Snuff #76: Vocabulary List #3

Up to Snuff #76:  Vocabulary List #3

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Defiled

Ebbing

Startling eyeballs

Unforeseen

Threshold

Baleful

Prophesied

Inlaid material

Assemblies

Utilitarian projects

Impressive

Proper

Mass

Pinnacle

Epic

Denouncement

Nation overthrown

Purgatory

Post

Amateur

Phallus

Sphere

Vulgarized influence

Ideal beauty

Bridal

Golden Age

Advice

Duties

Devoted

Revising

Encounters

Disastrous

Doctrine

Platonic

Reincarnation

Nationality

Procure

Retreat

Perplexity

Shrine

Sagging skin

Fate

Divine

Engendered

Mandala

Eye, portal

Developments

Fullest expression

Inseparable

Substantial

In comparison

Tradition

Speculations

Sources

Elements

Subject to

Interval

Acoustical Theory

Influential

Orbits

Produce sounds

Spheres

Mode

Standards

Analogy

The former

Behavior

Cause

Structure

Berates

Sensationalism

Pantomime

Prime

Artistic marvel

Progress

Figures

Freedom tradition

Depicting

Ease

Naturalism

Realization

Posture

Folds drapery

Free to invest

Forms

Phallic

Subject matter

Popular

Religious subjects

Pragmatic, less idealistic

Everyday life

Superseded

Predecessor

Virtuosity

Culture

Emphasized

Courtship

Grainy

Decoupage

Body

Physical World

Metaphor

Knowledge of

Condition of

Imagine non living

Syllogism

Imitation of an action

Embellished

Narrative

Pity and fear

Purgation of these emotions

Harmony

Center of the story

Diction

Plot

Incidents

Qualities

Magnitude

Complete

Ornament

Several kinds

Separate parts

Rhythm

Tragic

Powerful moral

Social Myth

Primitive

Proverb

Evolution

Rational

Justice

Explicit

Instruction

Swollen

Philosophy

Violation

Triggers reaction

Chaotic

Result

Theory

Ideas

Drama

Style

Biographical

Feature

Portrayed

Respects

Alternate reality

Outside space

Negative space

Pluralistic

Evidence

Fertile

Control

Razed

Sprawling

Upheaval

Serenity

Speculated

Humanities:  What does it mean to be human?

Dominion over creation

As analysis of human situation

Root human problem

Folly

Shaft

Prize

Practice

List extracted from ”Arts, Ideas and Civilization” By Jack A. Hobbs & Robert L. Duncan, Prentice Hall

Up to Snuff #75: Group Art Exhibition Write Up

Up to Snuff #75:  Group Art Exhibition Write Up

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

The marquee announced the opening; a group show was featured in the gallery: “Pivots and Pitfalls.” The show was around the “ups and downs” in life and was accompanied by a local social services potluck meeting, where participants and local non- profit organizations volunteers and leaders looked for gaps in the local social system.  The task was to carefully observe approximately 20 artworks, from 20 different artists of varying technique, background and education, now united under a common brief.  Further, the task was to provide critical thought, analysis, as well as citing information that was researched in live interviews at the opening exhibition, from their artist statements and artist resumes.  The resulting product should encompass several paragraphs, each dedicated to an artist that may be presented within the news section of the website under a new branded title, “RAC REVIEW.”

The resulting work began with time spent observing each artwork with notetaking, photographs of each work and a list of the artists with their respective emails.  Then questions were developed that were organized into three primary areas which were sent to each artist with some further questions specific to details in their art work.  The basic query was: 1) what is the theme or story behind this series or body of work, 2) what techniques and materials were utilized in the creation of this work and 3) tell me something about you, where you have shown the work, your education, bio, awards etc.  This basic questioning was built on with additional questions, for example, if the artist was using chromatic layers of two colors to make a third, perhaps a color question was asked.  The perspectives from the brief were vast, from gilded feminist decoupage to an abyss pen world or a voodoo style ball pin covered sock monkey.  Ultimately, the column elicited a greater purpose, both promoting of the gallery and a “second wave,” over the artwork.  The write-up provided more detailed information about the gallery, the show, the artists and art itself and what that can be in any given moment.   The write-up functioned in terms of publicity, marketing and sales, was almost a “star making machine,” it served history and will be what is left after the exhibition closes.

Up to Snuff #74: List of African-American Writers

Up to Snuff #74: List of African-American Writers
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Maya Angelou
James Baldwin
Toni Cade Bambara
Amiri Baraka
Octavia Butler
Audre Lorde
Ntozake Shange
Angela Davis
Bell Hooks
Eldridge Cleaver
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ralph Ellison
Marcus Garvey
Nikki Giovanni
Lorraine Hansberry
Chester Himes
Langston Hughes
Zora Neale Hurston
Jamaica Kincaid
Toni Morrison
Alice Walker
August Wilson

Up to Snuff #72: Mechanics of a Word Vocabulary List #2

Up to Snuff #72: Mechanics of a Word Vocabulary List #2
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

(Some parts extracted from “Soules Dictionary of English Synonyms” & analysis of “Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary,” “Cassell’s Latin Dictionary” and online “Wikipedia”)

1) Syllabification-syl-la-ble
2) Pronunciation
3) Latin Root
4) Synonym
5) Multiple definitions
6) Tenses
7) Antonym
8) Origin
9) Tone-sound of word
10) Syllable strength
11) Accents
12) Classification
13) Usability
14) Vowels
15) Consonants
16) Lambanein (Latin)-to gather (letters or words), to latch, to river, fire, also as an animal that licks and cleans itself, quae loca, conjuring or witchcraft, to be born, the birth of iambic pentameter, smooth birth or labor in general, to cast a spell-lamb-be-9, to run smoothly, smooth and fresh as a lamb or baby  eg. Mouton Cadet (fine wine), smooth talker with finesse or charm
17) Unit of spoken language
18) Alpha letters
19) “points”
20) “Froth” eg. Its syllabub
21) Utterance-as if in syllables
22) Used in verse
23) Whole dictionary syllabized
24) “on tap”
25) “writers cabinet”
26) Has relations
27) Values-“words value conditioned by context whole or immediate connection”
28) Expressive value
29) Sense (Chuckle=laugh)
30) Has emotional response-eg. Giggle particular laugh stirs a feeling about way of laughing
31) Plane of discourse, “speaker or writer using his words=tone of an utterance-solemn, bookish, chatty and so on.
Chortle=colloquial in tone suggesting jocose attitude of its user toward speech occasion
Cachinnation consciously bookish”
32) Sensuous qualities-sound entering desired phrase pattern “ghastly mirthless grin”
33) Unification of phrases by alliteration at start and close
34) Utterances and units of choice in diction
35) Sayers controlling intention
36) Rightness
37) Neutral (man, proud, strike, different)
38) Literary-ingenuous, deprecate
39) Poetic-eventide, forward
40) Affected-eleemosynary
41) Colloquial-cocky
42) Slang-boob, galoot
43) Vulgar-(over the line) bum doo dads
44) Archaic-(restrictive time associations)-hostel, wroth
45) Obsolete-manometry
46) Place associations, dialectic, foreign-mawk for maggot
47) Restrictive technicality, jargon, nomenclature of science-maxilla, protasis, volpane, pomiform
48) Banal, common-a gripping show
49) Illiterate-infer for imply
50) Core sense and use of synonym for “further distinctions of such feeling or tone”
51) Set of variations on a theme
52) Part of speech grouping
53) Noun, adjective, adverb, verb, pronoun
54) Collocation-arranging of linguistic elements as in words
55) Latencies of meaning, outreach, average use, relationship, implication, emotion
56) Onomatopoeia
57) Onomastics-science and studies of origins, forms of words, systems and underlying formations of use of words
58) Etymology-study of or words
59) Morpheme-stem or root
60) Linguistics-study of languages
61) Lexicographer-author of editor of a dictionary
62) Philogy-knowledge structure historical development and relationships of language or languages
63) Meta

64) Vocabulary