Manual Let There Be Light (Lisa Donahue Archaeological Mysteries)

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Some of my colleagues actually did this at Illinois without misadventure, but naturally I changed the facts in my mystery so I could have the vicarious thrill of killing off two museum directors. Lisa and her radiologist husband, James, take a delayed honeymoon in Egypt, where they stumble upon a plot to infect Western tourists with smallpox.

He used to work for the Centers for Disease Control, and pointed me to their website. There I found a public, fully detailed plan for dealing with a modern smallpox epidemic.

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While I Googled bioweapons and tried to figure out how to weaponize smallpox virus, the thought did cross my mind that someone out there might be watching my Internet use…fortunately, no one showed up on my doorstep. Many of us mine our day jobs to write stories. How do you connect your day job with mystery writing or reading? How to Self-edit a short story. Self-editing is hard, no two ways about it.

Sarah Wisseman, author

I remember a workshop led by Nancy Pickard years ago that I found especially useful. The trickiest for us to understand was the difference between "turn" and "surprise. I recently sent in a short story for an anthology contest that required intense self-editing. As I accepted feedback from friends and colleagues, I had to sort out what to incorporate and what to discard my rule is: Here are some of the guidelines I developed. All of these apply to novels too, but were especially helpful to me as I refined my short story and tried to make every word count.

What is the story logic? Does it work for readers? Review major plot points and how they unfold. I made an outline and read it out loud to myself. Sometimes the logic is obvious to me, but not to my readers because I have left out some portion of my reasoning.

Where are the red herrings? Are they inserted in the best possible way? I want some misdirection, but not too much.

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How do you reveal character? Is each character distinct, and do they interact with others consistently?


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One of my characters was a bit wooden, so I fixed that by adding phrases or action words as dialogue tags. Do you have the right balance between dialogue and description? This was especially difficult for me since I discovered halfway through that I was writing my first police procedural, with crucial dialogue between two detectives! I added a little more description. Is there tension on each page?

How is it revealed? I made my characters argue with each other, disagreeing on how to proceed. I increased their physical discomfort as well. I find critique groups immensely valuable; the members are readers as much as they are fellow writers. Although I attend one group that has participants, I prefer a much smaller group so we can each read longer sections and receive more detailed feedback.

Finally, here's a great quote: The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns. Travers, creator of the "Mary Poppins" series. Travel the Palaeolithic published first in This trip provided plenty of inspiration for future stories and imitation rock paintings. My jaw dropped at least once a day, viewing cave paintings that were clearly planned out over stretches of thirty feet or more.

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She must have known or done something that the attacker found threatening, probably without realizing it. In fact, it was the classic gothic novel situation: Rather like me; I had the feeling of some vital piece of knowledge locked in my subconscious, just out of reach. Read more Read less. About the Author Archaeologist and former museum curator Sarah Wisseman teaches archaeological science at the University of Illinois. April 22, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video.

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There was nothing objectionable about this book, but to me it was a little too slow, a little too dull. You don't want vanilla for a mystery. Even though there were two murders in this book, the writing didn't do a good job of holding my interest. One of the things I didn't care for in the book was the "romance" that was wedged in. Can anyone really like a protagonist that is on the outs with her best friend because she has broken up the best friend's romance?

Left a bad taste in my mouth all through the book: Didn't like the doctor boyfriend because of that at all, and I don't think the author meant that to happen. He was also a very one dimensional character.

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It wasn't all that way,though. I really enjoyed the mummy and the descriptions of what can be done today to study them. That was well done. This hunt becomes more than. Bedouin relic hunters seek to maximize their profits by fragmenting the ancient documents; the Israeli and Jordanian governments both have a keen interest in the exact provenance of the codex; and a shadowy and violent fundamentalist sect called Les Agents de Dieu seek to destroy the documents at all costs—including murder.

It is a slim volume only pages in length and this is a strength. Her prose is spare but evocative and one gains an insight into the sights and smells and atmosphere of Israel, from the souks of the Old City to the incredible desolation of the Dead Sea area.