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Cartoons, craft and California
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 Shanghai Lady

Every Saturday morning, when my brothers and I were little, we would plant ourselves in front of the television set to watch cartoons. Josie and the Pussycats. The Jetsons. Rocky and Bullwinkle Moose. We would watch one cartoon after the other until our eyes had turned into little squares of the images coming out of that cathode ray tube. But best of all was the Bugs Bunny Show. Most of the opera arias I can sing by heart, I learned from that show.

Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner were members of that merry troupe. It's a pretty amazing bit of storytelling when you think about it. No dialogue. Not much a story arc. Every time, Wile E. Coyote tries to catch the Road Runner and every attempt ends in failure.

That's not why I chose the Road Runner to illustrate this week's blog on how to end a story. It's because my favorite kind of ending is the cliffhanger, when you don't know for 100% how the story ends. I like to imagine the other road.

Speaking of roads, I'm about to hit one. In my first, baby steps at promoting my novel, I'll be heading out to California to speak to a few book clubs. Not exactly a grand book tour, but I'm still learning. So if any of you out there have tips for me while I traipse up and down the California coast, let me know! 

Here, as always, is a line-up of my most recent articles:
A Death in the Family
War Without End
The Language of Blood
Pig Knuckle Soup
The Good Immigrant
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