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The Irish Firebrands Story Arc. | IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

Inviting all Indie Authors to stroll with me down memory lane….

The Irish Firebrands Story Arc. | IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

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Gesamtkunstwerk.

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IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

RichardWagner Richard Wagner, 1813-1883

I listen to instrumental music when I write. It’s mostly classical music, varied with ethnic music from the area I’m writing about, and motion-picture soundtracks. My all-time favorite composer is Richard Wagner.

Our relationship started out rocky, as many do. I was entering my early teens when my mother borrowed an LP of the first act of DieWalküre from the public library. It was an ancient recording that featured Lauritz Melchior as Siegmund and Lotte Lehman as Sieglinde.

It was also summertime, we didn’t have air-conditioning, and my mother liked to play music LOUD.

I was horrified. This was not the kind of music I wanted to have emanating from a house that other people knew I lived in.

I dressed up as a protesting Flower Child, and posed for a Polaroid photo, holding a sign that said, “Help Stamp Out Opera.” But it was a fruitless gesture…

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Fusion Fiction and the Romance Genre.

Despite the urging of marketing gurus, there is no good reason for an author to strictly adhere to only one genre, even within a single work. Authors who write Fusion Fiction use the interaction between crossing genres to fuel the creativity that can take their stories’ arcs beyond the simple standard curve.

The Romance Story Arc

FUSION FICTION: PROMOTING CROSS-GENRE WRITING

The meaning of the writing term “Romance” has evolved over the centuries and in different literary locales. We’ll use the word in the current “genre” sense: that of a love story which ends Happily Ever After (HEA) or Happy For Now (HFN).

While pondering the path of a fictional romantic journey, it occurred to me that the story arc of a romance aptly resembles the shape of what’s called “normal sinus rhythm,” as it’s traced on an electrocardiogram (ECG). (This is not surprising, because I’m a retired Registered Nurse.) Perhaps you’ve had an ECG done, as part of a physical exam, or to prepare for surgery. In brief, this is how it works:

The ECG electrodes detect and the readout depicts the wave of electrical energy that’s generated by the heart, and results in the “lub-dub” of a heartbeat. The letters P, Q, R, S, and T are used to label the…

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