Are There Fireworks?

July 6th, 2010 • Kate

fireworksAs I’m sure did many of you this weekend, I went to see some fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July (one shot from last night’s spectacle pictured here, in fact). And, as is my wont, it got me thinking about books. (If you know me at all, this does not surprise you in the least. Just about anything can set me off on thinking about books. The right sized grapefruit, my dog trying to lick my crotch, a particular tv show…) My question to you is: are there fireworks in your works-in-progress?

I’m not just talking about literal fireworks, which would be very specific. Summer novels for USians, maybe, or books set in and around November 5th for the Brits, or over New Year’s Eve in some big cities… No, what I’m talking about is that BIG moment of ooohing and aaahing that fireworks can engender in us. That out-of-time moment when nothing else matters but sitting on the lawn, watching something happening that you have no control over.

I’m one of the few who can say it so far, but I think you’ll find a moment like that in The Last Little Blue Envelope, Maureen Johnson‘s eagerly awaited sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes, which comes out next summer.

Maybe it’s about holidays, and the things that are a tradition, or traditional to some, that we find a way to make our own.

Anyway, I’m curious to know what you think. Are there big fireworks moments in your novels? What do you think I mean by “fireworks moments” anyway? And how many bug bites did YOU get sitting out to watch the light show this weekend?

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5 Responses to “Are There Fireworks?”

  1. CFD Trade Says:

    The fireworks got to you…it is dreamy…and it is a good idea for a book. Thanks for the post.

  2. Red Boot Pearl Says:

    To me fireworks can be scary, loud, shocking–but make you pause and watch as the explosion becomes something beautiful. My favorite novels have fireworks like this…I hope my WIP does too.

    I totally doused my self in repellent, but still managed to get a couple bites… It was nothing compared to last weekend picking my mother-in-law's garden. 23 bites, just on my calves.

  3. Krista V. Says:

    Fireworks moments are moments that are so stunning/beautiful/breathtaking that your internal editor turns off and you are right there with the character, completely in the moment, wondering what the next flash of light will bring.

    I'd like to think I have moments like that in my book, but it's really hard for me to judge. That's what beta readers are for – and agents, too, I guess:)

  4. Rissa Watkins Says:

    I think there are fireworks moments in my novel. By fireworks I mean scenes that make you gasp, read faster and get your blood pumping.

    No bug bites- I think the heat in AZ scared them away.

    I just read 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and I have been wondering what was in the last one. I can't wait to read the sequel.

  5. Becca Wilder Says:

    I got some great food for thought from this post about fireworks in our books, but is it bad to say I was more excited to hear that Maureen is working on the sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes? That's my favorite book of hers and it was such a great treat to hear there's a follow-up in the works!