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Vertigo - Patricia Ratterman

Vertigo - Patricia Ratterman

Bio - Patricia Ratterman - Actress

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Patricia Dortha Ratterman, born Patricia Dortha Bushmiller (AKA: Patricia Nance/Patricia D. Dickerson) stared as a movie extra much of her life.

Born in Reno, Nevada on Halloween Day in 1934 to Patrick Bushmiller and Olive Ardena Charlton (Bushmiller), she grew up dreaming of a career in films.


Some of her film and television work included: The Lineup (1954-1960), Harbor Command (1957), Pal Joey (1957), 333 Montgomery Street (1957-1960), Vertigo (1958 - as Kim Novak's screen double), Portrait in Black (1960), Lady of the House (1978), and The Competition (1980).


She once commented that Richard Dreyfuss was the nicest actor she had encountered over all of her years in the film industry.


She also enjoyed modeling when the opportunity presented itself.


She passed away in Vallejo, California in November 2001. She is survived by her son, Royce A. Ratterman, and four grandchildren.

Newspaper Article 1958

Newspaper Article 1958
Patricia Ratterman

Sunday, April 16, 2017

How They Write – Author Styles, Tips & Techniques







Excerpts: compiled on how these featured authors find/found their literary pathways, styles & techniques…


Francine Rivers - born 1947


Almost every story begins with a question or issue with which I'm struggling, and each story seems to dictate the time in which it needs to be told.
In each case, once the time and place are set, it's a matter of immersing myself in the time period, finding good books, finding pictures, making binders with dividers between subject matter – what people wore, what their homes and daily lives were like, the political atmosphere, music, customs, etc. I even listen to music that fits the time period while I'm working. The writing process is a quest for answers and a journey with characters that become real people to me. Writing a story is my way of worshipping and praising the Lord.


Michael Connelly - born July 21, 1956


When starting a book, the story is not always clear but Connelly has a hunch where it is going. The books often reference world events, such as September 11. Even events that might not be considered as world changing are included in some of the books because they are of personal interest to Connelly. In Angels Flight, Detective Bosch investigates the murder of an eleven-year old girl. This was written during Connelly’s early years as a father of a daughter and it hit close to home. According to Connelly, he didn’t mean to write about the biggest fear of his life… it just came out that way.
Detective Bosch’s life usually changes in harmony with Connelly’s own life. While Connelly moved 3,000 miles across the country to Florida, Bosch had some life changing experiences that sent him in a new direction in the book written at this time, City of Bones. According to Connelly, his "real" job is to write about Bosch, and his purpose in bringing McCaleb and Bosch together in A Darkness More Than Night was to use McCaleb as a tool to look at Bosch from another perspective and keep the character interesting.


Stephen King - born September 21, 1947


On Writing is an autobiography that features practical advice on writing, including tips on grammar and ideas about developing plot and character. King himself describes it as a guide for how "a competent writer can become a good one." This includes his beliefs that a writer should edit out unnecessary details and avoid the use of unnecessary adverbs. He also uses quotes from other books and authors to illustrate his points.
He also reveals that he does not stick to an extensive outline, If I don't know where the story is going, how can the reader?


Writing style:


King's formula for learning to write well is: "Read and write four to six hours a day. If you cannot find the time for that, you can't expect to become a good writer." He sets out each day with a quota of 2000 words and will not stop writing until it is met. He also has a simple definition for talent in writing: "If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented."
Shortly after his accident, King wrote the first draft of the book Dreamcatcher with a notebook and a Waterman fountain pen, which he called "the world's finest word processor."
When asked why he writes, King responds: "The answer to that is fairly simple—there was nothing else I was made to do. I was made to write stories and I love to write stories. That's why I do it. I really can't imagine doing anything else and I can't imagine not doing what I do." He is also often asked why he writes such terrifying stories and he answers with another question: "Why do you assume I have a choice?" According to Jenna Blum, King usually begins the story creation process by imagining a "what if" scenario, such as what would happen if a writer is kidnapped by a sadistic nurse in Colorado.
King often uses authors as characters, or includes mention of fictional books in his stories, novellas and novels, such as Paul Sheldon who is the main character in Misery and Jack Torrance in The Shining.



David Baldacci – born August 5, 1960


I’m very much a writer who lets the story develop. I don’t plot everything out, and I have no idea how the book is going to end when I sit down to write it. I sit down to write when I’m ready to write, when things crystallize in my head and I know what I want to say.
The bestselling thriller author, whose new novel, The Target, talks about writing since he was a kid.
I’m not a words-per-day kind of guy. I always felt that if you have an artificial number, it probably means that you don’t want to be writing, anyway.
I work on multiple projects a day - few hours on editing - It’s not a job, it never has been. It’s a lifestyle.
Don’t write what you know about, write what you’d like to know about. And never chase trends.



Ray Bradbury  August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012


Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. If it’s work, stop and do something else.
What if you have a blockage and you don’t know what to do about it? Well, it’s obvious you’re doing the wrong thing. You’re being warned, aren’t you? You’re being political, or you’re being socially aware. You’re writing things that will benefit the world. I don’t write things to benefit the world. If it happens that they do, swell. I didn’t set out to do that. I set out to have... a lot of fun.
I’ve never worked a day in my life. The joy of writing has propelled me from day to day and year to year.
Get out of here tonight and say: “Am I being joyful?” And if you’ve got a writer’s block, you can cure it this evening by stopping whatever you’re writing and doing something else. You picked the wrong subject.
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These authors’ personal revelations stood out to me because I employ many similar approaches & combinations when working on my projects.
We always hear “Write what you know…” or “Write what you don’t know…” "Plot your project out…” or “Don’t follow an outline…”, but what do you employ?
Does your approach vary with the project and/or genre? Do you write what you have a passion and interest for whether you know all about the topic or not?
In any event… WRITE!


Some of my favorites from the above:


-Rivers:


Almost every story begins with a question or issue with which I'm struggling.
In each case, once the time and place are set, it's a matter of immersing myself in the time period, finding good books, finding pictures, making binders with dividers between subject matter – what people wore, what their homes and daily lives were like, the political atmosphere, music, customs, etc.



-Connelly:


When starting a book, the story is not always clear but Connelly has a hunch where it is going.
Even events that might not be considered as world changing are included in some of the books because they are of personal interest…


-King:


If I don't know where the story is going, how can the reader?
I was made to write stories and I love to write stories.


-Baldacci:


I’m very much a writer who lets the story develop. I don’t plot everything out, and I have no idea how the book is going to end when I sit down to write it. I’m not a words-per-day kind of guy.




-Bradbury:

Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it. If it’s work, stop and do something else.


-And. . .

"I have several walls in several rooms of my house covered with the snowstorm of rejections, but they didn’t realize what a strong person I was; I persevered and wrote a thousand more dreadful short stories, which were rejected in turn."
-- Ray Bradbury - as featured in Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life



Saturday, April 2, 2016

Novels by E. MH Ratterman


I just had to share this!


Novels by E. MH Ratterman


I, Slave: 1746-1963


. . . is an historical fictional novel filled with the realities of life's struggles and hardships. It is a story of faith, hope, and determination, during tumultuous times; of adventure, challenge, and success; of romance, love, and the joys of youthful courtship. This literary work’s tale transcends the cultural, political, social, and racial dialogue of a time during our world’s history wished forgotten. Captivity and slavery, Chicago’s underground tunnels and criminal organizations, New York youth gangs, historic wars, and idealistic dreams, all fill the hearts and minds of those individuals found within the pages of this poignant work.

Across the Horizons of the Seven Seas . . .
From 1746 Liverpool, England through the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement in 20th century America, this account follows the life of a youthful slave, Bullahah, and his progeny. We begin during a time when the sale of fellow humans was a normal and lucrative global activity. This controversial period of history strikes hard at humanity's heart, soul, and conscience, and of what it means to be a human being.

Join the obscure maritime world of slaving sailors as they sail the seas, many in the basest of jobs. Some are in search of fortune, while others simply desire better lives across the ocean in the New World. Colorful pirates and adventurous ship captains fill and romanticize our minds, while brutal floggings, extreme disciplinary actions, harsh labor conditions and the pit-and-gallows judgments, terrify our 21st century contemporary understanding.


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Fields of Cotton, Stalks of Corn

The Great Depression and the Dust Bowl era of Oklahoma's history hit its farming communities hard, but the hopeful, optimistic simplicities of youth prevailed and birthed a new generation, a strong and determined generation, a generation of patriotic, hard-working Americans.

Listen as Rae Ann tells the story of life as it was during the years of 1929 through 1940 in Oklahoma. Her story is one of faith and inspiration, of life's joys and life's hardships, of youthful courage and hopeful dreams; a tale filled with straight-forward, poignant, and unforgettable remembrances as experienced by this young girl and those around her.

Travel back to the days when the work ethics and lifestyles forged what it meant to be a human being; back to a time when the friendships one formed and nurtured created bonds that would last a lifetime.


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At Light's Edge




. . . is a fascinating compilation of intertwining stories related to the lives of troubled teens and focusses upon those individuals whose daily lives border the outskirts of Christendom's horizon of normalcy; those youths who deal with life's trials and problems beyond the realm of the average person.


Part I - Eclipsing the Darkness
A criminal conviction and a judge's sentence places a teen boy into the heart of prison life. Can God hear this teen's voice, the voice of a criminal? Does God even care about the troubles and suffering this youth faces behind the razor wire? Will the Bible contain anything within it to help this teen face his life in confinement?


Part II - Cry of Silence
Jennifer owned a troubled past and a troubled life, a life devoid of red carpets and model runways. Follow this young teenage woman's journey as she struggles and searches for the answers she so desperately needs Prostitution, drugs, dingy motel rooms, and smelly back-alley streets were the norm for this lonely teen girl until a pair of chance encounters provide her with the opportunity to choose a new direction for her life.

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What will occur in these teens' lives? Join their journeys as they gradually learn the art of walking in the Light while living in the darkness of personal imprisonment; as they attempt to find inner strength and answers to those questions no one wishes to hear or dares to ask.



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Criminal Contagion
Teen Criminal Investigation Unit

Robert and Rebecca Dance are fourteen year old fraternal twins who have a whiz-kid little twelve year old sister named Kelly.

Robert is into gadgets of all types, Rebecca is a genius with computer stuff, and Kelly, well, Kelly enjoys ballet and is an exceptionally intelligent straight 'A' student. They live in Berkeley, California in a beautiful older home with their parents.

After Robert and Rebecca meet a young police cadet assisting with an investigation at their school, this chance meeting leads to a long, exciting friendship filled with adventure.

A secret code, a suspicious stalker, the discovery of a mysterious chemical substance, and a trip to the country of Norway all produce opportunities for Robert, Rebecca and Kelly to intervene in exciting mysteries.

Criminal Continuum is filled with things for the young fiction reader to enjoy ... mystery, suspense, crime, family, friends, and just plain old fun.


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 I hope you enjoy these novels... I sure did!