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Top Drawer News — Common Ground

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Can we find common ground? No, we don’t have aspirations of solving the world’s problems, wonderful as that would be. Common ground is what we try to find as we compile the weekly news topics into a single theme. This week we spent time outdoors while pondering the question. According to the old saying, the outdoors is a place where there are never enough comfortable chairs. That’s true of the outdoors in Carpenter Country too. While we were searching for somewhere to sit, we found this week’s common ground, which is … common ground, otherwise known as location.

Here’s some of the ground we covered.

Location can be a mindset instead of a physical place. For example, in this week’s book bubble for our young adult novelette, Dream Stealer, we talk about the intersection of the real and the not-quite-real, a place dreamers know well.

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Physical location is vital for creating a sense of place in fiction. Over on Top Drawer Ink, guest poster C. Hope Clark discusses the importance of finding out who knows where all the ghosts are buried when researching story locations. Click here to read about how Hope chose to set her latest mystery novel in an idyllic small Southern town where blackmail and sex are hush-hush until they become murder.

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In keeping with our theme, we have two words of the week, and they are polar opposites. 🙂 The first is elision, or the deliberate omission of part of a word. Poets and songwriters may shorten a word to help maintain meter, and fiction writers may use the technique to make story dialogue follow natural speech patterns.

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The opposite of elision is epenthesis. That’s when you add sounds to a word. Readers of a certain age may recall Yogi Bear’s search for pic-a-nic baskets.

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Where are you this week?


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HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at



2 thoughts on “Top Drawer News — Common Ground

  1. When you brought up elision in the context of location, I couldn’t (epenthesis-deliberate) help thinking of Elysian Fields. But I’m not there, I’m here in rainy Chicago. Thanks for another enjoyable read. Cheers to all!

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