Though I've always understood the truth of the poet's words in describing a book one is reading, I've more recently learned that this dictum is equally true regarding a book that one has written.
Since my novel was launched by Black Rose Writing last June,
Still, I am continuing to rack up book-related experiences that are miles away from the sorts of things that normally fill my day-to-day world.
Cheyenne is 14 years old.
Cheyenne is a self-described "grammar nut," a voracious reader, and autistic. For all her reading, however, Cheyenne has never read a reference book on grammar.
"With her being autistic, it's one of her strengths," said Melisa of her daughter's uncanny spelling and grammatical ability.
As Spenser described it, Wandering Mole Syndrome occurs when a writer gives a character a particular physical characteristic, such as hair color, eye color, or a mole - though it could happen with a character's name, too - and then decides to change this characteristic during the course of the novel but, through lack of careful editing, neglects to make the change throughout the book. Spenser explained how as a teenager he once read a fantasy tale in which a character's mole (kind of an important mole, one gathers) was on her back in the beginning of the novel. But once at a later point in the book the mole showed up on her shoulder. Still later the mole made an appearance on the character's face.
Hence when Spencer began writing he got into the habit of also drawing his characters so as to be at all times mindful of what the characters look like and the color and location of all physical features.
I'm thinking that before I get much deeper into my next novel I should mayhaps learn to draw.