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WEP First Challenge–SPECTACULAR SETTINGS

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Thank you Denise and Yolanda for your interesting challenge.

I seldom read a book with a magic marker in one hand, but with the book,

The White Oleander by Janet Fitch, I could hardly put both down.

I’ve chosen the following descriptions and scenes
that I thought were pretty exceptional, some even spectacular to share with you:

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  • I climbed on the roof and easily spotted her blond hair like a white flame in the light of the three-quarter moon.

  • I sat at the empty drafting table next to my mother’s, drawing the way the venetian blinds sliced the light like cheese.

  • For lunch, we drove into the hills and parked in the dappled shade of a big sycamore, its powdery white bark like a woman’s body against the uncanny blue sky.

  • I imagined my soul taking in these words like silicate water in the Petrified Forest, turning my wood to patterned agate. I liked it when my mother shaped me this way. I thought clay must feel happy in the good potter’s hand.

  • Out the window, the glow of the Hollywood sign was slightly blurred with June fog, a soft wetness on the hills raising the smell of sage and chamise, moisture wiping the glass with dreams.

  • “You look like like a couch in an old-age home,” she said as we got in.

  • …then went downstairs and swan in the pool warm as tears.

I wasn’t reading the book, I was painting it in my mind. Have you read the book? Were you just as enchanted as I was?  It inspired me, made me thoughtful, and tickled my own fantasy to create some similes for my own book.

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Here are a few examples of my own similes from my just recently published novel,
WINGS ON HER HEELS.

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  • After driving through the bright, colorful countryside, the dark forest roads, with their hanging, gnarled branches, seemed to close in on them like gray ethereal tunnels. The morning dew, similar to a soft spring rain, dripped down the thin, haggard pines lined up in dense rows along both sides of the street. Like tiny flashlight beams, razor-blade sunrays fought their way through the thick growth and onto the wet pavement.

  • As if she were on a ship pitching to and fro in high seas, the woman held on for dear life. Her damp dark hair, plastered in bizarre patterns along the sides of her gaunt face, pointed like wet arrows toward her frenzied eyes.

  • Her legs were too short to hang down so she framed her view of the long corridor between her scuffed brown shoes, giggling when the mirrored images of nurses on the highly polished linoleum floors bumped into each other. She thought she was the only one who could hear their rubber soles squeak down the corridors like jungle birdcalls.

  • And at the highest peak, each wave paused, standing still in time, as if taking one last breath before crashing down into the shuddering foaming mass of water, to slowly transform into serene, soft laps caressing the beach;

  • Melanie clung to Anne’s shoulders, afraid to lose her friend, and soon felt strange hands grab ahold of her own coat’s shoulder padding. The line swayed back and forth, like a caterpillar finding its way over a slippery wall. They were soon caught up in the mesmerizing rhythm: right foot, kick, two steps forward, left foot, kick, one step back.

  • Richard’s mother stepped out of the elevator. She gave her daughter-in-law a quick once over then craned her neck over Melanie’s shoulder to eye the living room. Her head bobbed up and down, reminding Melanie of an excited pigeon perched on a rainspout.

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Author: Angelika Schwarz

I'm an author on the go. Give me a caravan, laptop, camera, and Hubby at my side, ( not exactly in that order), and I'm on a 'roll'.

15 thoughts on “WEP First Challenge–SPECTACULAR SETTINGS

  1. I’m not part of this challenge, but just want to say that having read these excerpts from your book, I’m even more excited to read it. It has been shipped…expected delivery is Monday! Hanks for the sneak peeks!

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  2. Sharon, you are so sweet to say that. Thank you so very much. Wow… my book is being shipped to you now! I’m so excited!

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  3. I’ve heard of The White Oleander by Janet Fitch.
    Being curious, I popped over to Amazon to peek at the sample preview. Great voice. I’ve added the book to my reading list.

    I also enjoyed your collection of similes. My favorite is: “And at the highest peak, each wave paused, standing still in time, as if taking one last breath before crashing down into the shuddering foaming mass of water…”
    Nice to meet you via the WEPFF Challenge.

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  4. Nice to meet you too Michelle. I’m new at these challenges, but I think I have finally discovered my element. Thank you for commenting.

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  5. I think White Oleander was made into a film. The theme was the mother-daughter relationship. I really liked your snippets of your own writing. Especially the wave and the description of the Richard’s mother.

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  6. Hello Angelika. I’m so blown away by the wonderful snippets you’ve shared today, both from White Oleander and your own writing. ‘I imagined my soul taking in these words like silicate water in the Petrified Forest.’ I can see Janet Fitch sitting in a glorious spot for hours coming up with these fabulous similes. No cliches here (not that I mind the occasional cliche myself!) I will look into buying her book. I know I’d love it. One of the great things about this challenge is the new/old authors shared, so we can track them down or reminisce if we already have read them.

    Now to your share from your writing. I must say I adore the title, Wings on her Heels for a start. So much imagery:’razor-blade sunrays’ — never read that particular description of the sun’s rays before. And I adore the image of the wave pausing. My favourite, I think. I’m mad for watery imagery.

    So Angelika, thank you so much for posting to WEP. And thank you for finding a way to post the linky list on Word Press. That part defeated others. Hopefully it will encourage some further clicking!

    Denise 🙂

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  7. Angelika

    I love your introduction. “Traveling! It leaves you speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.” Your selections and contribution prove that’s the case.

    My favorite from Janet Fitch’s The White Oleander is: “Out the window, the glow of the Hollywood sign was slightly blurred with June fog, a soft wetness on the hills raising the smell of sage and chamise, moisture wiping the glass with dreams.” I agree it is spectacular!

    And from your list I’ve chosen: “And at the highest peak, each wave paused, standing still in time, as if taking one last breath before crashing down into the shuddering foaming mass of water, to slowly transform into serene, soft laps caressing the beach;” I’ve often had the same impression when watching the waves, there is a sort of hesitation. Beautiful!

    Thanks you for contributing to the WEP Spectacular Settings Challenge. I hope you’ll return in October for the Halloween challenge, spooky settings and ghostly chills go well together!

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  8. I didn’t know White Oleander was made into a film. I have to see if I can get my hands on it. 🙂 Thank you for commenting, and the compliment. 🙂

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  9. Thank you so much for your long comment Denise. I feel so flattered. 🙂 I’m just getting to answering my comments, because my house is full of grandchildren spending their summer vacation here. But I’m doing my best to take a breather and check on my blog. It was fun participating!

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  10. Hi Yolanda, (what a beautiful name!) .. I wish I had written that quote on ‘traveling leaving one speechless’.. but I found it on Pinterest. Love that place. Thank you for your long comment, and I would love to participate in your next challenge in October. This is so much fun. I’m hooked… !

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  11. Most interesting and very descriptive. Great imagery.

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  12. Thank you Rasma! I’m going to go visit your blog now. 🙂

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  13. Hello,

    I like the unique way you’ve interpreted the brief and shared snippets. The ‘ thin, haggard pines’ were my favourite. So evocative!

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  14. Thank you for our comment Nilanjana. Maybe you would like to check out my author blog: https://authorschwarz.wordpress.com/

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