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C is for Cards: Issues for a Blind Character

Is the book I choose for my blind character to read even available in Braille?

Is the book I choose for my blind character to read even available in Braille?

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Can a 21-year-old blind girl play cards with her sighted friends?  One of the reasons I like writing fiction is because when I sit down to write I can jump straight in and get the story and characters down. Research, though, is a part of almost every kind of writing. Sometimes I skip over the part that needs to be researched and forge ahead. Sometimes the research stops me dead in my tracks for a while.

This happened not long after I got my ideas down for Desta Cartwright, the blind heroine in my second novel, Death Taint. The heroine from my first novel was moving in with a blind roomie. How would the cabinets be organized? The lay out of the furniture? There were roommate adjustments beyond the norm. Desta moved off to the small town to be independent for the first time in her life. How would she search the web? Play cards? What job would she have? And can she knit? Knitting played an important role in one of the pivotal scenes of the book. (Curious? Read this scene in the sample here.)

So I turned to research and writing lagged. Now I have an entire document called “Issues for the Blind” with all my notes about cooking, furniture arrangement, labeling items in home, relationships, technology available and its costs, etc. The section on using a cane vs. a guide dog is so interesting, but I needed to figure out why MY character uses only a cane. A dog just wouldn’t work since canines react badly to my vampires. The things I learned fascinated and inspired. Perhaps you have questions as well?

A big THANK YOU shout out to LivingBlind.com which is an excellent resource for information and accessibility.

Living Blind is an online community of blind and visually impaired people sharing ideas to create a friendly and informative site so that we can learn and grow together! We offer information and helpful how-to tips as well as a place to just relax, soak up some knowledge about Living Blind and gain some moral support and much encouragement.

Live and Learn!

Topics on LivingBlind.com

Topics on LivingBlind.com

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 

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Thanks for the Memories – Ode to Family Businesses & Tidbit

UKMaybe you’ve driven by the marquis and seen those words “THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.” They make me think of small businesses, Mom and Pop stores, restaurants, services. Whether it’s recession or retirement, they are bittersweet farewells to places like the old country store my great-grandmother ran in Sulfur Well, Kentucky, the insurance agency my folks had where I was first paid by the hour, the restaurant where every kid in the family, sometimes even cousins too, got their first chance to work, and to support the the family operated enterprise.

This week I want to say a few words about these places that have given us such great memories and thank the Moms and Pops who started it all. Maybe my own children will look back nostalgically on Three Kings Publishing, where I became the founder and boss in 2012. Please comment with businesses you’d like to thank and read a tidbit from a short story from my Begotten Bloods Series entitled FATEFUL NIGHT, a bite of fiction written to honor the closing of Tabby’s American Grille & Bar, serving two locations near Cincinnati, OH for so many years. Thanks Mom & Pop.

EXCERPT:

Tabby’s American Grill & Bar was a landmark not far from King’s Island Cincinnati. The local hangout was frequented by a loyal compadre of regulars, light traffic off I-75, and all manner of revelers in between. Kellee might have made better tips elsewhere, one of the bars closer to campus for instance, but Tabby’s was family owned, friendly and neither the owner nor the cooks allowed anyone to get overly frisky with the girls behind the counter. Three of those girls were daughters of the owners who took Kellee under their wings and turned her into one of the best bar keeps around. A fact that irritated Kellee’s mother no end and made the daughter of that cheating ho smile every time she thought of it.

The crowd during the holidays swelled and Kellee took on as many hours as she could including some time now serving as night manager. Truth was the bad economy hit Tabby’s pretty hard, the place was on the market, and if it didn’t sell early next year the family would probably have to shut the business down. Management experience and a stellar recommendation were all Kellee would take with her. Maybe the distraction of these thoughts was why she didn’t initially notice the loner.

He usually sat about as far from the bar as you could without getting in the way of the pool players at the back of the room. Tabby’s only accommodated two pool tables set end to end with an aisle on the far right for foot traffic, mostly smokers in the winter, who went to the narrow deck beyond. He picked up a game occasionally, drank Coors Light religiously regardless of the specials, and ate chicken tenders with mayonnaise like they were going out of style. Thus he was dubbed Mayo Man after only a handful of twice a week visits. Thursday, Kellee’s regular closing night, was always one of his visits.

If he stared over long at the girls behind the bar, it was hard to tell what with the two big screens on the wall behind them. Did his gaze follow them to the kitchen or was he checking out the Keno display to the left of that swinging door with its round port hole window? Mayo Man was a smoker, wore Dickie jeans, a doe skin colored Carhartt jacket and scuffed up work boots, a duplicate of half the men who hit Tabby’s for their great food and to catch whatever sports they followed on the big screens in an atmosphere of down home camaraderie.

Football season was winding down with the Redskins going to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, but college basketball provided the back drop for the tall man who did catch Kellee’s eye that fateful Thursday.

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Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint.  Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2013 in Story Bites

 

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Vampire Month: A Blog to Highlight

Lurking Musings Hosts Vampire Month

Lurking Musings Hosts Vampire Month

What do Dr. Who, World Book Night and Vampire Month have in common? They are all recent postings on Lurking Musings: The Musings of a Newly Published Writer.

The About says:

D.A Lascelles is a former clinical scientist turned teacher. He writes in his spare time and is the author of Gods of the Sea, a short story in the Pirates and Swashbucklers Anthology by Pulp Empire (http://pulpempire.com/mag/) and Transitions, a paranormal romance novella due out in 2012 from Mundania Press (http://www.mundania.com/)

Because it relates to my first series, Begotten Bloods, I have a particular interest in vampire mythologies and found a new origins story in the Vampire Month Alumni lists. So I’ll be doing some lurking myself on Lascelles’s blog. Check it out!

 
 

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Pantser or Planner?

My short blog history is proof positive that as a writer I am a pantser, I fly by the seat of my inspired pants. I don’t do a work-up before I write with an outline or plot plan.  I do make a kind of chapter outline, but only after I have 50K words and can no longer see where the holes are in my non-chronological collection of scribbles. All this is to say that right now I am sitting on the starts of four blog entries and one almost complete entry.

My plea is “this is my process.” Just an excuse really for what I know I need to be doing. It’s not process, it’s struggle. I have too many ideas, too few words, and a grand lack of time. They say you find time for the things you really want to do. So I know I’ll be with this for the long haul.  For right now, I apologize to those anxiously awaiting Begotten Bloods Two, because, honestly, God & family come first.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that my author husband is a planner, motivator, and my hero. He’s got my back and is always pushing it into gear. Gotta love that man o’mine. There is so much more to come from Three Kings Publishing. Stick around, and enjoy the journey into reading with us.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in On Writing

 

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