Story Structure Case Study of ”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

I love these case studies where they break down the plotting points in books we all know and love. A great way to learn the technique. Check this out! ❤

In this post, I will show you the Seven Point Story Structure in a case study of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, written by J. K. Rowling.

Source: Story Structure Case Study of ”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”

The Basics of the Seven Point Story Structure: and How to Use It – The Writing Kylie

Will do!

 

An excellent discussion on the 7 Point Story Structure… try it. It might work for you! ❤

The Seven Point Story Structure is named so because it consists of seven important points that build the story from beginning to end.

Source: The Basics of the Seven Point Story Structure: and How to Use It – The Writing Kylie

Silver’s Book Reviews – “Mankind Limited,” by Scott Bailey

  • Title:  Mankind Limited
  • Author: Scott Bailey
  • File Size: 958 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Scott Bailey
  • Publication Date: August 19, 2013
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EOA1RW2
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Dystopian Fantasy

In the Author’s Words:

“Trapped. In a world where everything is measured and control pervades every area of life, four people begin to break down. Instead, they break through the walls of deceit and propaganda and into a world of revolution. 

Each, in their way, vow to overthrow the established order. They embark on a journey against the forces arraigned against them, forces of the state and self-doubt.

Ultimately their paths converge on a dangerous road and the discovery of an ancient secret.

Four people, four rebels. Four journeys of self-doubt and discovery that converge on the road to revolution and the discovery of an ancient secret.”

My Recommendation:

*The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review which follows*

I have never been a fan of dystopian novels. For me, they were always too dark and miserable, filled with human misery and oppression. You can imagine my joy then when I dug into Mankind Limited to find a book filled with characters who were well-rounded and human, flaws and all. I even found an element of hope buried within the pages that drew me further into the story.

In a time, possibly not too far in our future, the MOD has assumed complete control of the government. Nobody crosses them or even attempts to. People become automatons, there but for one reason – to earn money. Individuality is frowned upon. All you are allowed to do is work.

If you lose your job, which is considered a public failure, you are allowed to stay on welfare for only a very short time. The possibility of getting another job after that would be slim to none. Once an individual falls off the bottom of the Personal League Tables, they become illegals, forced to live on the street. Tens of thousands of illegals are shot in the act of criminal activity each year, simply trying to survive.

The government has found a way to manipulate and drug people so they can control them. The MOD believes a docile employee will work hard and earn more money. One such man, Marc, finds himself struggling to survive in this world. It is as if he cannot adapt. Eventually, he loses his job and his wife. He finds himself part of a fringe group of illegals hunting for information about a MOD program called Noah’s Ark.

Richard and Jane, brother and sister, along with their friend, William, welcome Marc into their group of illegals. One day, during a reconnaissance mission to a laboratory high in the mountains, the group comes upon a secret so deadly, it could spell the end of the world for them all. Evidence must be destroyed, so the group plants a bomb to insure the secrets are never used against humans.

As they make their escape, they discover the President is on his way to the facilities for a briefing. The bomb blows the research laboratory and the President to smithereens, branding the illegals as murderers on the run.

Now, this is where I found the story got really interesting. This series of events leads the foursome on an adventure of self-discovery. Each person deals with the trauma from their life decisions, leading the reader to a culmination of events at the explosive ending where the secret is finally revealed.

The plot and characters were superb. The only thing I found I had to get used to was the way the author switched scenes and characters within the same chapter. This was done, I am sure, for perspective and as a way to show what was happening to each character all at the same time.

I must admit, I was surprised by the ending. Scott Bailey skillfully wove a tale of intrigue and suspense with just the right amount of dystopian dread. Bravo!

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 4
Reader Engagement: 4
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 4
Overall Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars


Author, Scott Bailey

About Scott Bailey:

Scott Bailey is a freelance writer, author, and blogger. His works include the dystopian novel “Mankind Limited” and “A Spring of Dreams” collection of poetry. His blogging ranges across family articles, poetry and short stories and even the odd book or movie review.

Make certain to connect with (author) through his Twitter @houseofbailey, and Facebook at Scott Andrew Bailey. You can also find Scott on his author blog: Scott Andrew Bailey
and his personal blog, House of Bailey.

Thanks for stopping by to meet Scott. I’ll see you all next week.

Colorado Garden Update July 2016

Just as I promised back in early June, here is the status of my Colorado gardening experiment. The other day, we got this cool sign to hang in our living room. I really love it!

I am learning much about the climate and elevation. I spoke with a neighbor the other day and she was telling me how babies born here in Colorado Springs are born at a lower birth weight. The elevation affects their development. That got me to thinking about my vegetables. They are a tad smaller than normal.

Tomatoes and squash

Left to right: peppers, mint, and zucchini

Left to right: peppers, basil and a small zucchini, peppers

My tiny harvest: green pepper, orange cherry tomatoes, and a small zucchini

We have tremendous heat. It has been around 90 degrees F. daily now for a couple of weeks. My garden began to explode with growth. I thought the thunderstorms were torrential in the South. They are nothing compared to the storms that brew over the Rocky Mountains.

Last night, the wind howled and torrents of rain lashed at our windows. A couple of times, I feared they would break. The lightning was the most spectacular I have ever seen. Just south of us, there were reports of golf ball sized hail. Windows were blown out of houses. Numerous cars sustained hail damage. Hail piled up in the streets!

This is a picture of the hail from just south of us, courtesy of the KKTV Facebook page

The storms here are violent. Here’s a great PDF article about the climate in Colorado and how the mountains dictate what happens to our weather.

So, all in all, I would say my gardening venture is working out. The veggies might be smaller, but that doesn’t affect the taste.

Have a great weekend. I am still in editing mode. Thanks for stopping by!

#WQWWC – Writers Quote ‘Thursday’ Writing Challenge – “Believe”

Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!

I lost my head this week and literally thought it was Ronovan’s week! Ah well, what do you do? Thanks for being patient with me. That is what happens when you have fifty things happening all at once.

The best part of this whole situation is it made me realize (again) all the great participants we have who take part in this challenge each week.

So today, I am honored to share Vashti’s post, called “BELIEVE.” I was so taken with her writing and in the selection of her theme, that I would like to thank her by using her theme this week. Thank you, Vashti! ❤

Please use #WQWWC on Twitter so we can retweet you and spread the inspiration.

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There has been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!

BUT WAIT!

If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…

This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!

Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.

You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!

In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.

Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “HOPE” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)

Ellen Best 24

Lady Lee Manila

Judy E Martin

The Writer Next Door

Always A Writer

Two on a Rant

Annette Rochelle Aben

Method Two Madness

Magnanimous Word

I Maniking Blog

A Cooking Pot & Twisted Tales

Morpeth Road

Daily Echo

Postcard From a Pigeon

Weaving Gold

Randoms by a Random

Silver Threading Fairy Whisperer

WELL DONE!

This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.

THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “BELIEVE.” (belief, or any form of the word)

So what do you do?

You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

Each Wednesday (this week it was posted on Thursday), we will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Tuesday night to share your creativity inspired by a quote. We will share your posts on social media for added exposure.

I’ve reused one of my favorite quotes from Roald Dahl about believing in magic. And yes, it is no secret about how much I adore anything magical. But just think about the kind of life you might have if you never believed in anything magical or worse yet, you lost hope…

This rainbow actually appeared during a thunderstorm here in Colorado last month. The definition of the double bands is awe inspiring. I know this rainbow is caused by weather phenomena that involve moisture and sunlight. So, close your eyes and just think for a moment, if you were an ancient human and saw this same sight.

It would be magical! How could you not believe in magic after seeing such an amazing sight?

Believe in rainbows and look for the magic. It’s right there in front of you.

Hugs and see you next week when Ronovan will dazzle you with his talent!

From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Symbols and Symbolism in Fiction | Writing Forward

I am BIG on symbolism in my writing. Check out this excellent read about how to incorporate symbolism into your story! ❤

In this excerpt from 101 Creative Writing Exercises we look at symbols and symbolism in fiction writing.

Source: From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Symbols and Symbolism in Fiction | Writing Forward

Political Dirt – A Haiku

The Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #107 words for this week are “Pie & Dust.”I must say, these are some interesting choices from Ronovan this week! I bet he wants pie! I wonder what kind?

These words just seemed to gush out of me! I used grime, for the word, dirt. The word pie was able to stay just as it was… I sill wonder what kind of pie Ronovan wants. J

On a more serious note, I can’t shy away from the political turmoil in our country right now. Both sides think they are right. So, it is with little imagination that I wonder if they are both wrong. Change is a powerful motivator of people. I get that. What bothers me is the vitriol that is slung around between people who really don’t even know each other.

Social media is horrible. I am seriously thinking of leaving Facebook. People who I admire and respect have turned into monsters. I can’t figure it out. Since when did it become wrong to have differences?

Here is what I know… we should never discuss politics and religion. We will never agree.

Why do people think it is alright to say how they feel, but do not want to hear the other side? When you spread political discourse and hatred, all it does is divide us as a people, and a nation.

The amount of truth in political posts is seldom the real truth. Be vigilant. Look up the facts. Then, keep it to yourself. No matter what you say, you will NOT change other people’s opinion.

Please stop the hate. We are not enemies. We are Americans.

6 Plagiarism Gaffes That Will Make You Gasp | Grammarly Blog

EXCELLENT discussion on plagiarism. Well worth the read to understand a complex issue… ❤

With the revelation of Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism of a 2008 Michelle Obama speech, plagiarism is suddenly front-page news. Although this may be the most…

Source: 6 Plagiarism Gaffes That Will Make You Gasp | Grammarly Blog

How Not to Get Overwhelmed: Picking Your Publishing Platform(s)

Excellent information for NEW or soon to be INDY Authors! Thanks, Rachael Ritchey. ❤

Rachael Ritchey

Platforms

This is the sixth article in the series: How Not to Get Overwhelmed with Indie Publishing. Below is the list, including links to the subjects we’ve already covered. Today’s topic is publishing platforms. These apply to most countries for accessibility as far as I know, but since most of my research has been about my own publishing, some of the info I share may only be useful to US authors.

Main Types of Book Formats

  1. ebook
    1. epub
    2. mobi
    3. pdf; etc.
  2. paperback
    1. varying sizes
    2. I prefer 5.25 x 8
  3. hardbound
    1. varying sizes
    2. I prefer 6×9

Depending on how you plan to make your book available you…

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