In “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory” the use of words can light the scene on fire. Imagine a movie scene that takes your breath away and makes your heart pound. Now try it with your writing.
This is a scene from my book where Richard Semon can no longer deal with reality. Death is his only option. Words paint the scene.
Dark bags under his eyes pulled his sight downward. Skin the color of tree rot covered his face. And if he had tried to smile, his face would have broken into a billion pieces. The hair on his head had been pulled in different directions at the same time. This man yearned to scream, but he was unable to utter a single sound. And then came the blackbirds singing in the dark black night. Richard squeezed the trigger ever so slightly. A single bullet exploded in his heart.
Larry L Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972 to 1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retired to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Franklin is the author of “Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory,” published by Xlibris; “The Rita Nitz Story: A Life without Parole,” published by Southern Illinois University Press; “Cherry Blossoms & Barron Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to a prison cell,” published by Chipmunka Publishing Company; and “Supermax Prison: Controlling the most dangerous criminals,” published by History Publishing Company. He currently resides in southern Illinois with his wife, Paula.
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