Monday, June 18, 2012

Podcast on examples of voice

It's a Monday, and it's been 9 days of fire and smoke nearby. There were 1748 people, 113 engines, and 17 helicopters working the fire yesterday. It's 45% contained at 58,000 acres. They say it could burn all summer. I can't even express my gratitude to all the firefighters who have been laboring in 97 degree heat and high winds. THANK YOU!

On another subject, I'm often asked, "What IS voice?" So for today's podcast I've put together some examples of first person and third person voice in YA novels, with a bit of discussion.

 Click here to listen.

I hope the air is clear wherever you are!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

High Park Fire

Well, I meant to cast another pod today, but I've been mesmerized and freaked out by the High Park fire. The smoke plume is huge and visible from my window. Looks as if it's growing by the minute! This picture was taken yesterday evening right behind our house when the fire was still "only" 5000 acres. Now it's 14,000 +, and friends have been evacuated.

We just finished spraying the house and yard with water. Apparently, that can make a difference. It looks as if the fire's right over the ridge, although it's still about 20 miles away. They're describing it as "very aggressive." No doubt the sunset will be beautiful with smoke lit by sunfire, but I wish for a different sort of cloud!