HoopteDoodle 1 Alice and Me

Love the word of crime and establishment bliss, recorded in stone and skywriting in blue and white above the towers of life below. Below the fair air of the sky – a parachute opens, to block the view, the little black dart of woman halts her breakneck speed to the earth and enters the realm of safe falling.  Alice’s dream halted in mid flight, on the way to be with, that mad hatter of the sea.  Down to a soft pillow landing on an island with sand.  That bliss of confrontation with the sand and sea and blue and me.  Oh Alice thank God you are here for the day.

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing : Chapter 1

I like the ‘strations.. Hat, Sunnies, Smoke, Coat, Invisible guy, Mermaid on a string, Bag of money, Beach [obviously not Bondi, or Coogee], palm tree, and a massive alligator looking with something to say. …well it was all about the money in the end wasn’t it ?

So it turns out the 10 rules are all about the ‘cloak of invisibility’ surely something writers really want.. no..? Yes, the story is the important bit. Anyway this is the first of EL books I have ever read, so that makes me an amateur book reader of this genre.
Never minde….

Rule 1. Never open a book with Weather…

I guess most conversations start out on the weather, so that means you dont start a story conversationally right ?

But of course, the next great drawing has a guy on a phone, in some kind of conversation with a dame of some kind talking about ceilings and some kind of action.  There is a window, but weather is crossed out.. but not about the weather… so point taken there Mr EL.  So I guess it is along the lines of ‘once upon a time there were 3 bears, as opposed to ‘it was raining in Sherwood Forest that day as I went walking.. etc..