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Title:My Only Story
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My Only Story by Monica Wood

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The One-in-a-Million Boy

The incandescent story of a year old woman and the sweet strange young boy assigned to help her around the house a friendship that touches each member of the boy s unmoored family br br The story of your life never starts at the beginning Don t they teach you anything at school br br For years guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road chasing gig after gig largely absent to his twice ex wife Belle and their odd Guinness records obsessed son When the boy dies suddenly Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his son s unfinished Boy Scout badge br br For seven Saturdays Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus the wily year old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver and that s the least of her secrets Despite himself Quinn picks up where the boy left off forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood a boy who was always listening always learning br br The One in a Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion

When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine

Mexico Maine The Wood family is much like its close Catholic immigrant neighbors all dependent on a father s wages from the Oxford Paper Company Until the sudden death of Dad when Mum and the four closely connected Wood girls are set adrift Funny and to the bone moving i When We Were the Kennedys i is the story of how this family saves itself at first by depending on Father Bob Mum s youngest brother a charismatic Catholic priest who feels his new responsibilities deeply And then as the nation is shocked by the loss of its handsome Catholic president the televised grace of Jackie Kennedy she too a Catholic widow with young children galvanizes Mum to set off on an unprecedented family road trip to Washington D C to do some rescuing of her own An indelible story of how family and nation each shocked by the unimaginable exchange one identity for another

Any Bitter Thing

i Any Bitter Thing i Wood s brilliant new novel is her breakout book a timely gripping and compassionate tale of family faith and deeply hidden truths One of its greatest strengths is its continuous ability to defy expectations It s not what you think It is worse Lizzy Mitchell was raised from the age of two by her uncle a Catholic priest When she was nine he was falsely accused of improprieties with her and dismissed from his church and she was sent away to boarding school Now thirty years old and in a failing marriage she is nearly killed in a traffic accident What she discovers when she sets out to find the truths surrounding the accident and about the accusations that led to her uncle s death does more than change her life With deft insight into the snares of the human heart Monica Wood has written an intimate and emotionally expansive novel full of understanding and hope

The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing

b The Barnes amp Noble Review b br br br Sparkling with delightful witty thought provoking morsels for today s writers Monica Wood s dreamy yet realistic writer s companion will encourage your muse to take flight The stimulating visuals laced throughout the book uniquely capture the essence of the literary imagination and provide salve for the writer s soul p br p p br Wood delves below the surface of a writer s life and illustrates her apt points with both pictures and words She says Treat yourself Buy an expensive pen a box of colorful paperclips a fine handmade notebook or a leather bookmark In other words allow yourself a moment to luxuriate in your gift of words She also reminds us of the need to be disciplined and to avoid being sidetracked by those little distractions for example you might hold off on checking your email in the morning until you ve written at least three pages p p br p p br In relation to character development in fiction the author points out that a good plot complication will either thwart or alter the character s desire She reminds you to instill your characters with life And she offers an extremely useful tool using differently colored markers to highlight action reflection and dialogue in your prose This ingenious technique will assist you in knowing when you are telling rather than showing and will allow you to create vivid action that will involve the reader in your characters and plot All in all Wood has authored an innovative inspirational pocket muse that is produced in a handy carry along size and is so unique it doesn t even require numbered pages It is all about inspiration digging deep and keeping the faith as you spin out prose that will long be remembered i Evie Rhodes i p


Description is most powerful when it s visible aural tactile Make your descriptions fresh and they ll move your story forward imbue your work with atmosphere create that tang of feeling that editors cry for and readers crave br br Monica Wood helps you squeeze the greatest flavor from the language She segments description like an orange separating its slices to let you sample each one br br You ll learn about br br br Detail and how you can use description to awaken the reader s senses of touch taste hearing smell and sight br Plot from advancing story using only relevant description and how to edit out sluggish reader stopping writing br Style and the use of description to create a mood that matches your story s content br Point of view how selecting omniscient first person or third person limited narrative influences the descriptive freedom you have br Creating original word depictions of people animals places weather and movement br Wood teaches by example developing stories with characters in various situations to show you how you can apply description techniques You ll also see samples of work by such noted writers as Mark Helprin Anne Tyler and Raymond Carver And you ll find the dos and don ts lists and descriptive alternatives to common verbs and nouns and tips for editing your work

Ernie's Ark

The paper mill looms up from the riverbank in Abbott Falls Maine a town once drenched with ordinary hopes and dreams now praying for a small drop of good fortune Ernie Whitten a pipe fitter was three weeks away from a pension secured retirement when the union went on strike eight months ago Now his wife Marie is ill Struck with sudden inspiration Ernie builds a giant ark in his backyard It is a work of art for his wife a vessel to carry them both away or a plea for God to spare Marie come hell or high water As the ark takes shape the rest of the town carries on There s Dan Little a building code enforcer who comes to fine Ernie for the ark and makes a significant discovery about himself Francine Love a precocious thirteen year old who longs to be a part of the family like world of the union workers and Atlantic Pulp amp Paper CEO Henry John McCoy an impatient man wearily determined to be a good father to his twenty six year old daughter The people of Abbott Falls will try their best to hold a community together against the fiercest of odds

My Only Story

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A Woman in a Million

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Secret Language

i Connie has trouble with time She always has to stop and think a minute How old is she now Faith always seems to know though her life is the same as Connie s back and forth to theater towns all over The same dingy food the same noisy sidewalks the same cramped suites in the same hotels Sometimes they go to school sometimes not though they always have books to read big packets of books that Armand sends to them in every city Armand is their parents lawyer the only person they know who likes children i br br Faith and Connie endured the same childhood as daughters of egocentric semi famous actors who can scarcely take care of themselves But the two sisters could not be more different Connie learned to beg for attention clamor for approval and fill the silence with words Faith turned inward shrinking from the tender emotions that make up an ordinary life Despite their differences the sisters came to rely on each other exclusively But lately after years of quiet connection Faith and Connie seem to have lost the ties that once held them close Faith has a home and two growing sons but is still unable to fathom unconditional love Connie a flight attendant is always searching ever expecting to find her true place in life at the end of each long flight But a series of shocking revelatory events will bring the sisters back to each other and forever alter how they define love fulfillment and most importantly family

Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers

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Description, Secret Language, When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine, The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing, The One-in-a-Million Boy, Ernie's Ark, A Woman in a Million, Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers, My Only Story, Any Bitter Thing