Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What We're Writing? Hank's Say No More! And WHAT YOU SEE!


At the Hopkinton MA library
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN:  Scroll down to win WHAT YOU SEE!
But first: I am SO confused! It’s the best kind of confusion, of course, and I completely embrace it. But I am in the midst of writing my new book (YAY! 50,000 words done. BOO! 50,000 words to go.) and I am even loving it. Sometimes.  So on this “What We’re Writing” week, it would seem logical to reveal a little of that book, titled SAY NO MORE.
But too soon. Toooo soooon! I am still tweaking and changing and getting the story gelled (jelled? gel is for hair, right? But it does hold things in place…) in my head. Every day before I go forward, I go back and move words around. See if I can think of stronger ones.  I ask myself: what did I mean by this? Why do I care about this?  What is this story, SAY NO MORE, really about?
Already Daniel Tarrant’s name has changed to Edward Tarrant, Madeleine Ruggerio’s name has changed to Caroline. (And that’s still not quite right.) One name that won’t change: Willow Galt.
And motivation, motivation. I am consumed with motivation. I am adoring the ever-surprising way the story unfolds, and I’m always thrilled if I can get one good idea a day. I mean, wow. One good idea a day! That would be 365 good ideas a year. Which seems like a lot, right?
I cannot write without this. 
And as Hallie brought up yesterday, the complicated braiding of timelines. My time-charts are less fancy than Hallie’s. Here’s one. Scene by scene, what day, what day in the book, what time, who is in it, how many pages it takes.






To keep track of what happened when and how old characters were, I scrawled this. I can make sense of it, so hey.
Yes, I can read it. PERFECTLY.

And then, this very high-tech timeline at the top, so I can see where I am in the story arc, from page 0 to 400. Works for me!
See? I am on page 180, so near the middle.

But the other part of my life, and why it’s confusing, is that the new and finished book, WHAT YOU SEE, is coming soon. (SO EXCITING! And amazing reviews to come, shhhhh.) 

So what I am also writing is all the other stuff that goes with the publication of a new book. For example, I have to figure out my book-talk talk (Launching October 20 in Vero Beach, Oct 21 in Atlanta, Oct 22 in Boston, for starters—please please come to the parties!)   When someone asks “What is it ABOUT?” I have to come up with a fascinating and succinct answer.
WHAT YOU SEE. You know those surveillance cameras that are everywhere? On TV, we see the results—the videos of football players punching their “girlfriends,” of actors trashing their hotel rooms, of bad guys and bank robbers and convenience store fights.  And often, the police catch their suspects as a result of all that conflict caught on camera.
But what about all that other video? The kind that never makes the news—the video of me, and you and you and you? It’s all there, somewhere. It all exists. And someone has access to it.  What if….
 JANE RYLAND suddenly has a new job! And she’s covering a murder that’s taken place in broad daylight.  Thing is, her bride-to-be sister Melissa is in town, and in the midst of Jane’s reporting, Melissa, frantic, calls her cell. “We can’t find Gracie,” she says.  Where’s the nine-year old flower girl?
Detective JAKE BROGAN has a doozy of a case. A guy’s been stabbed to death in Curley Park, next to the tourist-magnet Quincy Market—in front of dozens of camera-toting witnesses and surveillance cameras.  Easy solve, right?
BOBBY RIAZ knows his future as a paparazzo is so bright, he oughta—change his name.   He does—and after what he sees, his future changes as well.     
TENLEY SISKEL  is only trying to envision a future at all. After her sister's death--murder?--she’s consumed with guilt. Could she have prevented it? Now her hot-shot mom’s finagled her a stupid summer job. At least it’s easy; all she has to do is monitor video feeds. But soon, what she sees will change her life forever.
CATHERINE SISKEL, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff and Tenley’s mom. Her life is all about damage control. Until today--when the damage she sees is too terrible to face.
Will readers love it? Will they write glowing reviews, and buzz about WHAT YOU SEE to their friends? No pressure, I reassure myself. It’s just my career.  (You can pre-order here!)

But if you’d like to win an advance copy?  Just say “I want WHAT YOU SEE!” in the comments. And tell me…do you notice the surveillance cameras?

100 comments:

Joan Emerson said...

I most definitely want "What You See" . . . and, of course, all the pieces you've shared with us, and the details in your post today make waiting for the October release even more difficult. [But thank you for sharing all those pieces.]
I am so looking forward to reading this book.

Surveillance cameras . . . nope, I never notice them, but John never misses seeing them. [It must be a police thing.]

Edith Maxwell said...

What a great premise, Hank. Of course I want "What You See!" Since I wrote user documentation for a major video editing company for a couple of decades, I have a particular interest in this. Some police use a version of the software (called dTective) which clarifies surveillance video under various conditions, and that's one of the ways I solved the crime in my very first mystery (which you kindly blurbed!). Lots of fascinating stuff.

Margaret Turkevich said...

Of course I can't wait to get my hands on "What You See."

I'm aware of security cameras only when I see the video screens for the camera feeds at places like the gym. I'm very aware of CCTV cameras all over London. I imagine they're watching me the minute I crawl off the plane.

Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib said...

Love the premise Hank!

I was feeling a little discouraged by Hallie's neat timeline--my scratchings more resemble yours. But I'm glad a cozy mystery isn't 400 pages:).

Hallie Ephron said...

The new book sounds fantastic and I can't wait to read it!!

Hank, you can READ that? My problem is that if I wait too long to read something I've hand written I can't decipher it (In the supermarket: "What made me think we needed 12 hamsters?")

Your outline looks like what I put together AS I write to keep track of what I've written.

"Every day before I go forward I go back..." How far back??

Karen B said...

Yes - I want WHAT YOU SEE!! I don't go out much so I never notice the Surveillance cameras. I'm too busy avoiding all the talking/texting fools who seem determined to knock me over....

kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Joan, I'm with John. I look for them all the time!

Oh, fascinating, Edith! dTecticve--very cool.

MArgaret-does it feel more camera'ed there than here? I often wonder if they're not really working, you know? That just the idea of a camera is enough..

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Lucy--yeah, it's just how long the books turn out to be! Funny, since there's no outline, but they're almost exactly the same number of pages, just naturally.

Hallie, exactly, that;s what I make AS I go. So that "outline" is outlining what's just been written. Sometimes it makes me realize what has to come next, since there's a rhythm of the points of view and a kind of…pattern. Not exactly, but Jane and Jake's POV occurs more than the others, about twice as often, if I had to count. So it'll be Jane Jake Jane Jake other Jake other Jake other Jane Jake Jane Jake other other Jane other Jake other other.

I'm sure that makes TOTAL sense.

How far back? AH, usually through what I wrote the day before. Sometimes I randomly scroll back and see what I hit. SO many tweaks at this stage, but I remind myself to GO ON, because those 1000 NEW words have to get written, no matter what else I tweak.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Oh, texting, KAren B. Argh. See--we need the surveillance cameras to catch the texters!

Kathy Lynn Emerson said...

I never really noticed the cameras at our little local Food City in rural Maine until the other day when I caught a glimpse of the monitor and recognized my own rear view as I stood at the checkout. Not my best side! They really are everywhere!

Kathy/Kaitlyn

Linda said...

I REALLY REALLY REALLY want WHAT YOU SEE!!


Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Yah, KAthy, that can be…disconcerting! And I always want to wave at the ones at the ATM. (Hellooo, anyone watching?)

Thank you, dear Linda. I'm so excited about it!

Robin Templeton said...

Hi, Hank. I do want WHAT YOU SEE. I love the premise of this one. What I love about any image--photo, video, even a painting--is what we see throughout the image. Most of us focus on the foreground or the intended subject. But many times the evocative details are somewhere else. Sometimes I'll view a photo exhibit or a group of paintings and I'll start with the background before letting my eyes focus on the main subject. There's fascinating stuff in those backgrounds! Can't wait to read it, Hank! Robin

Donna said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE! I don't really pay attention to the cameras anymore. They are everywhere. I have nothing to hide anyway.

Jody Crocker said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE.
I rarely notice the security cameras.

Anonymous said...

I Want What You See is a fun blog. Your notes look like my college notebooks (I found some not long ago). They made sense to me at the time. Ha! Cameras? I just assume they are everywhere. Since I have no control over their existence, I go about my business. My visage could probably break a few. hharra (at) bsu (dot) edu

Linda Shenton Matchett said...

Definitely want WHAT YOU SEE! And I totally am aware of those surveillance cameras. In fact, I tend to look for them. Sometimes, I even wave at them. Hmmm! Is that such a great idea??

Mary Sutton said...

Willow Galt - what an awesome name. And of course I want What You See: I'll be picking it up at Mystery Lovers the second it comes out and it'll be fabulous. Just like the others.

My kids used to like to play in front of the surveillance cameras when we went into stores like Target. They'd stand and dance and make funny faces. Now they are teenagers and they avoid cameras like the plague (unless taking selfies - what is with that?).

I create a calendar in Excel - usually for the month in which the story is set - just so I don't wind up with a week that has three Tuesdays or a Thursday that lasts for 48 hours. I find it a lot easier to move things around when the timeline is digital instead of handwritten.

And Hallie: 12 hamsters. Too funny. I'm always handing the scrawled grocery lists to my husband saying, "What exactly does that say because it can't be turnips?"

Rickie Banning said...

I want "WHAT YOU SEE"! And yes, I notice those surveillance snoops---they are everywhere. When I lived in Boston they sent traffic tickets to citizens, sometimes to us even when we were not 'there.' Here in Oahu, there are cameras everywhere, in the middle of those 9 million tourists a year frequents to neighborhood stores and parks. Big brother is watching. Helps solve crimes in Waikiki and these cameras are here to stay...

Karen in Ohio said...

Yes, please, WHAT YOU SEE! So excited for you, Hank.

I know of at least three of those ubiquitous cameras that are not actually taking pictures or video, but I guess it wouldn't do to assume that, ever. The ones I most notice are the black eyeball kind over top of the registers in retail stores and the ones that stand guard over every single thing in casinos.

What I always wonder, is what gigantic army is either watching the feeds, or going through the jillions of feet/gigabytes of feed they produce? How is it possible to monitor all that?

Denise Ann said...

(1) I want "What You See"

(2) What about JOSEPHINE to go with the Italian last name?

(3) In London with my daughter, we stayed in an apt on a little alley-way street which was pretty dark and empty at night (it was an office area). My daughter said, "I'm not worried about us getting attacked here because I know they have a lot of cameras here -- I watch PRIME SUSPECT." YAY, cameras but I can't say I notice them.

(4) You have an amazingly inventive mind!

Grandma Cootie said...

I love this week when you all share.

Your notes look like my to-do lists - except I don't have a fabulous book at the end, just more chores I didn't finish.

I always knew there were cameras at the ATMs and banks - bank robbers, right? - but I kept myself blissfully ignorant about the rest of them and just thought, "Wow, they have those CCTV cameras all over the place in England." Duh. I guess I have you to thank for my enhanced awareness, Hank! But at this point in life, if they really want video of me, go for it. I just don't want to see it and yet another bad hair day.

Yes yes yes I want WHAT YOU SEE. By this point I feel as if I know some of these characters (and Jane and Jake of course) and have to find out what's been happening.

Kristopher said...

Say No More is another great title. I can already see the potential uses of that phrase within a book. Everything from Say No More to something to Say "No" More. Definitely a Hank title!

As for What You See, it is now very near the top of my blogging pile. I can hardly wait to dive in. I have already heard some great stuff from colleagues, so I know that I won't be disappointed.

As for you notes, good thing you can read and make sense of them, because otherwise, you would be in trouble. ;)

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Robin, that is so true! And I will confess" when I look at photos of events (okay, especially mine), I don't look at the picture of the speaker. I scan the audience to gauge the reaction of each person. It is SO fascinating!

Celia Fowler said...

I want What You See! Thanks for giving us a peek into your writing process~ I am usually blissfully ignorant of surveillance cameras except for some reason in elevators, where you can't even see them!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Donna andJOdy--yes, you both are in blissful staages of inner peace, that's for sure!

Yup, anonymous, a long as I can read them now, I'm fine. But why is it that the words I can;t read are the critical ones?
It's like "do not forget the cvcoahfl!"

Linda--the waving thing. Yes,I wonder about it. It's SO tempting! But I still think it's rare that someone is actually watching. (That's a bit more of why WHAT YOU SEE is about!)

Christine Goold said...

I Want What You See - and thanks! Love the honest pics of your process.

Sherry Harris said...

Ooooohhhh, Hank! This sounds so intriguing and I've pondered how people can get away with crimes with all the cameras around. I want What You See!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Yay, MAry! Thank you! And I'll be at Mystery Lovers in November, I'm pretty sure..cannot wait to see you all.Can we plan something fun?

(And handwritten is SO much easier for me..I hate to click back and forth. As a result, I have a million little scraps of paper…But I do love that we all work differently. It's so reassuring!)


Aloha, Rickie! ANd cannot wait for you to read this…xoxo You know my husband has represented clients who were acquitted because surveillance cameras proved they were NOT there!

Mary Sutton said...

Hank, absolutely! I'll ping you and we'll put something together. You'll love the new owners, Natalie and Trevor. Ooo, now I REALLY can't wait!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Karen, yes, exactly. Exactly what the book is (kind of) about! All that video… "-)

Denise Ann--you stopped me in my tracks. I thought--yes. Perfect. Josephine. Why didn't I think of that? Perfect. I had my fingers pounced on the manuscript to do it. Then I remembered--AH. It can;t begin with J. Because of Jake and Jane. Sigh. Keep thinking! It also can't begin with M, or A, or W or P or D or T or F. Le dee dah.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Grandma--yes, laughing! Let 'em see the bad hair days, i say. Think how BORING it would be to watch all that. Until..

Kristopher, my heart actually lifted, reading that. Thank you! Crossing fingers like crazy.

And I SO agree Celia! I always look for them in elevators--especially when I wonder if I can adjust my tights or look for stuff in my teeth!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Christine--it's so glamorous, right? But I am happy every minute. Can't believe I get to do this!

And Sherry, yeah. You'd think it would be so much more of a deterrent. You can see from the comments that people ignore them--but would you if you were going to do something bad?

(Yay, thank you Mary!)

Charlie said...

I see you are going to be in Atlanta on October 21st and I won't be here to see you - damn, double damn.

Can hardly wait to see the book and I want "What You See" badly 'cause I always wonder who's behind the cameras I see and what happens to the captured images. Hard to suppress a stuck-out tongue or a middle finger salute sometimes.

Glad I have been lucky enough to see you and talk to you before.

Charlie

Debbie E said...

Yes! I want "What You See". Love the glimpse into your writing process.

Mark Baker said...

I must admit, I don't notice those cameras. I need to pay better attention.

Oh, and I want WHAT YOU SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Notice all those exclamation marks again.)

FChurch said...

One of my favorite parts of JRW--the week when everyone shares something about what they're writing--seeing the process is as exciting as reading the finished books! Need I say, I want WHAT YOU SEE!

And, Charlie, I think Damn Double Damn would make a great book title!

Kaye Barley said...


I love love love these little peeks into what everyone's writing and how they do it - Fascinating!!!!

I also adore Jane Ryland and I was a very lucky early recipient of WHAT YOU SEE so I can tell you all that you are going to LOVE it! To the moon and back love it!



Deborah Crombie said...

Hank, I always notice the cameras in London because I'm always trying to write crimes around them:-) Although actually getting CCTV footage doesn't always nab the culprit.

Love the premise for What You See! But honestly I don't remember how I kept up what I've already written before Scrivener. Examples coming!

Deborah Crombie said...

PS Hank, it is SO confusing to be writing one book and talking about one you finished months or a year ago!! I get very confused, too.

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Michele Dorsey said...

I can't wait to read What You See! I am creeped out by all of the cameras I see and more so by the ones I know are hidden. What You See will be released right after the deadline for my second book and will not only be my reward for finishing, but I can see filled with lessons. How you manage to juggle that many story lines amazes me, even more so when you weave them all together into a tight little ball. Am I correct that you don't use a program like Scrivener, that's it's all in that handwritten scrawl of yours?

TFJ said...

I won an ARC of What You See and it is FABULOUS --- as I told Hank when I finished the book "The plot and pacing kept me so engaged, all other weekend entertainment was suspended!" Of course, I also asked her to please write faster . . .

As to cameras, I see them everywhere and am convinced this second nature of mine to see conspiracy everywhere started at a very early age. My dad had his own company --- defense contractor --- and his biggest (sometimes only client) was the U.S. military forces. That meant high security clearances and the government's demand to know all kinds of details about him and his company. This translated to his children as, "Keep yourself to yourself; don't explain, don't complain." And, of course, the classic, "That's on a need-to-know-basis and you don't need to know."

Couple that with reading so many mystery and suspense novels and here I am today "seeing" cameras and conspiracy everywhere.

~Tricia

kate said...

I have a copy of What You See (Thanks, Hank!)

But, I do notice surveillance cameras. Well, my 7 year old notices them and points them out. He's surprised a lot of people announcing them.

Hank, your paper outline looks like my binder in Scrivener. Day, time, scene notes and all. I wish there were a lay to put the 3-Act arc up at the top. I mark my chapter folders to show where the 'big moments' need to be.


TFJ said...

How about Carla Ruggerio?

~Tricia

Sandra F. Cormier said...

Of course I want WHAT YOU SEE! Congrats on your newest book, and yes my notes look like yours, except I don't have a pencil progress bar.
Cheers! Chumplet

Kathy Reel said...

Hank, you have given us the perfect description of What You See! Going character by character was genius. It makes me want to go back and redo my review. I will add from my review the following: "She (Hank) masterfully sets up plots and characters that will engage you in the perfect timing and complexity of connections. You won't get lost in these layers, except in the best possible way of relishing their relevance. What You See is the fourth book in the Jane Ryland series set in Boston, and it will please mightily the established fans of the series, and it will have first time readers racing back to the previous three novels." I usually wait until a little closer to the publication date to read an ARC and review it, but I had no willpower when What You See arrived in the mail. It would have been like trying to save that piece of delectable chocolate for another day. I wish you all luck in snagging this ARC today because you are going to love it.

Hank, I was so happy to hear that you are half-way through the next novel. I think all of those character names you mentioned are fabulous. Willow Galt is awesome! And, like Kristopher, I think the beauty of your titles is that behind them lie multiple meaning. Nothing I enjoy more than a play on words.

I enjoyed seeing the hand-written layout of your timeline and what characters are in each scene. There just something so personal and invested in someone's handwritten notes. You really are sharing a piece of yourself with us, Hank. Thanks.

Susi M. Nonnemacher said...

I would love "What You See"! I do tend to notice the cameras, and it is amazing how many there are. Between surveillance cams and camera phones, I feel like we are on camera any time we leave our house--and that is assuming you don't have cameras as part of a security system in your house. (I don't, but my parents do.)

It is an interesting tradeoff, security vs. privacy, especially once most footage is store digitally. I have often thought about writing a story about a stalker with great hacking skills, that could follow someone 24/7 without leaving his home. (Although I am sure I am not the first to have that idea!)

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Charlie! BUMMER! But tell your friends, okay? I am always terrified that no one will show up… we'll miss you!

Thanks, Debbie E. It's fun for me too, because it reminds me that I actually DO make progress.

Mark, ou are too funny!!!! xoxoo And thank you, Flora.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Kaye, aw, thank you. It's always so nerve-wracking when the ARCs go out! I live with crossed fingers…

Debs, you use Scrivener? Eeesh. I can't face it. I am usually not a wary adapter, but it feels like it will take too much time to learn, and I could be writing in that time.

SO MIchele, nope, no Scrivener! (ANd CONGRATULATIONS on No VIrgin Island--however you wrote that fabulous debut, it's working for you!)

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Tricia, I am SO grateful for our amazing generous and positive review--SO thrilled you love WHAT YOU SEE! (And whew..)

Kate, crossing fingers--as always--that you love it too!l

And you, too, Kathy Reel--such a complete joy to see your praise! Whoo hoo.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

And Tricia, -I love Carla, but it really should be three syllables, and not end in A. (Other than that, perfect. :-) )) xooxoo Keep thinking!

Sandra, thank you! smooches.

ANd Susi, yeah, it's a great idea. Have you read Linwood Barclay's TRUST YOUR EYES? It's amazing--not exactly your story, at all, but it feels like in the same world.

And yes, we actually do have surveillance cameras at our house. It's fascinating. And remotely accessible. So--I can see what's gong on at home when I'm not there. HOw cool is that?

Ramona said...

Your description of WHAT YOU SEE using that character list is terrific!

Sharon Fisher said...

I am always looking forward to your next book;so, of course, I want WHAT YOU SEE! I am continuously amazed by the talent, the imagination, the patience and the hard
work that goes into each and every one of your stories!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Ramona, thank you! My books cannot live without….xoxo

Sharon, that is SO lovely of you! Thank you! My, my, this is a nice day on Jungle Red….xoxooo

Vicki said...

The more I read about it the more I want WHAT YOU SEE. I have enjoyed all your books and look so forward to this one!

Kim Wyant said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE!! Indeed I do. And yes, I generally notice the cameras and always wonder about the people behind them, if they're paying attention or taking a nap, or if there is even anyone paying attention.

Lori Payer said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE! I usually notice security cameras when I'm out and about.

Mary Sutton said...

Hank, what about Nicollette? (Not Italian, but you said three syllables that shouldn't end in "a").

Rhonda Gothier said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE! I try not to think about cameras watching me!

littlequeenie29 said...

I want "What You See"!!! I notice them because I have an adult child obsessed with them. Someone always watching. It is a little unnerving. I heard that people can watch you thru your comp Web cams so I cover them now. My son told me this and I thought he was nuts until we saw a feature on the news abt it being true. Very scary! littlequeenie29@msn.com

Sal said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE!

(I still want WHAT YOU SEE, after not winning it over on Facebook. Hi, Hank!)

Bonnie Franks said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE.

Jackie Jones said...

SAY WHAAAT??? SAY NO MORE! is it done yet(no pressure, no pressure at ALL)? But of course we ALL want WHAT YOU SEE like yesterday, already. (:

Love these notes of yours! I am always intrigued by others organization of their writing, research and keeping it all straight.

Keep the mojo going, Hank!

Jackie Jones oxo

Janet Senk said...

Oh I would love to win this WHAT YOU SEE written by you. You are one of my very favorite writers. Have my fingers crossed to win this, thank you.
Yes I do see those surveillance cameras around South Shore Boston and in Boston city.

Paige said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE! I notice and look for big brother in the sky all the time. I even sit with my cameras covered on the computers.... Not really too OCD 😄

FChurch said...

Some particularly Italian girl names, 3-syllables, no A on the end: Caterine, Natale, Noemi, and Ysabel/Ysabelle/Isabel/Isabelle. Caterine/Cate/Cat; Isabelle/Belle for short

Sandie W said...

"I want WHAT YOU SEE!"

Rarely dip I notice surveillance cameras...

Sandie W said...

"I want WHAT YOU SEE!"

Rarely dip I notice surveillance cameras...

Kelli Jo said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE!!

And yes, I try to be observant of surveillance cameras. ������

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Oh, I just wrote for an hour--and came beck to all of you! Yay--andI am so thrilled to see you! I am rushing to a library appearance, but I'll be back here later this evening..LOVE you all.

Nicolette. HMMM. (She's an opera student…) ANdI love Isabelle, but there's an Annabelle already. See how hard this is????

SharonTX said...

Hank, I don't see your name on the MBTB signing list, so I want What You See. I loved the scene you posted earlier, and am really looking forward to this book.

It would be difficult not to notice the cameras everywhere ... that's everywhere except the busiest intersections, where the voters of Houston got the red light cameras removed ... (Who knew there was a basic right to run red lights if no policeman is looking?)



Pat D said...

Absolutely, I want WHAT YOU SEE! I notice security cameras if there is a sign up telling you to smile because... My son used to get security upset because he would spot all the cameras and wave at them. I was amazed at how loaded with cameras Harrods is, inside and out. I would hate to be the person who reviews the tapes? feed? what? I would be comatose within an hour.

Karen in Ohio said...

How about Bernadette? Or Rosemarie? Or Rosemary?

storytellermary said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE! I'm already "caught" by what you've shared.
Your outline impresses me, and the comment about making changes as you go reminds me of my very flexible lesson planning. The official plan book was more of a diary of what we actually did, in order to catch up any absent students.
Ah, the luxury now of reading as many books as I want. <3

storytellermary said...

Security cameras don't catch my attention, but I am very aware of all the phones capturing images everywhere, and the photoshopping that makes one doubt the truth of images. Early on, one of my students learned in a computer class how to edit images and presented me a photo of myself with an ET-like alien. Cleverly done, too.

SharonTX said...

An Italian girl's name, 3 syllables and no "a" at the end. That last requirement eliminated about 90% of Italian girl's names. ;)

I think Karen's Rosemarie is a good suggestion - her family would call her Romy. Leontine has an opera connection, but is unusual. I like the sound of Natalie Ruggerio, born on Christmas, a determined Capricorn.

I want WHAT YOU SEE!

SharonTX

storytellermary said...


I do still want WHAT YOU SEE

and I thought you'd love seeing party hats on surveillance cameras . . .
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/dutch-artists-celebrate-george-orwells-birthday-by-adorning

Linda Rodriguez said...

Finally getting back to the point where I can hit my favorite blogs again, so of course I come to Jungle Reds first, and yay! It's Hank talking about her next book and the one after that and how she keeps track of time in the book. Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! And YES, of course I want WHAT YOU SEE--who wouldn't?

As for surveillance cameras, I'm always aware of them, and they're growing more numerous all the time. I wonder how the ubiquity of these cameras is going to affect our lives in twenty or thirty years' time.

B J English said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE

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B J English said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE

Bettyjo.english@gmail.com

B J English said...

I want WHAT YOU SEE

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Ausma Zehanat Khan said...

That looks pretty amazing, if also slightly terrifying. In fact, just looking at me made me feel terrified about the lack of progress on my own book. Why don't I plot timelines for scenes on an hourly basis? Is that feeling in my chest an anxiety attack? I blame HPR! The book looks amazing, by the way. I wonder what would happen if HPR turned to the subject of drones. Finally! An elucidation of everything I've ever wanted to know!

Sharon Ward said...

I love your books. I can't wait for "What You See". I want "What You See" and then the next one, and the next one...

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Vicki , so wonderful of you, thank you!

Kim, I learned it;s called surveillance fatigue…Very interesting, right? and you can imagine it… Watching BORING TV for hours and hours and hours a day, with no story line and not knowing what, if anything, might be important.

Thanks, Lori! Thanks, Rhonda! Just back from my library event--itwas so terrific, and people came, whew, even though there was just a HUGE thunderstorm.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

littlequeenie, totally true! And scary.

Sal, my dear. xoxoo

Thanks, Bonnie!

Oh, Jackie you are too funny. I am writing as fast as I can, which, usually, doesn't seem fast enough for me. There are days when I think--if just SAT here, and kept going, I could be finished. Which, at this point at least, is so not true!

JAnet Senk, SO nice to see you here! Hurray!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

PAige, hi! Yeah, it's a teeny bit ocd..xoxoo

And hmmm..I am thinking about Natalie. Natalie is good. Is Natalie too much like Annabelle?

You are SO right, Sharon TX. But hmmm...What if it doesn't have to be Italian? It doesn't really. Ruggiero.I

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Linda!! HURRAY!!!!! love love love from us all.

And to you , too, dear Storyteller Mary!

Hi, BJ ad SHaron! Lovely to see you..

And SO HAPPY to see you, Ausma--will you come do a guest blog for your FABULOUS book???

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

And now Jonathan is asking…isn;t it dinner time???? Yes, he is so right. More to come..xoxoo

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

But I just have to say..Ausma's book THE UNQUIET DEAD is terrific. Highly highly recommended. The PW starred review began with "beautiful and and powerful".. and the LIbrary Journal starred review said "compelling and hauntingly powerful.."

Ausma Zehanat Khan said...

Hank you are just amazing, thank you so much!!! Your blurb pretty much made my life, lol! And I would be thrilled and honoured (yes, Canadian) to do a guest blog! Thank you so much for the book rec, too. I am currently in fanstruck mode!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

You are too funny, Ausma! My complete pleasure. Cannot wait to hear your good news…and email me, we'll plan! xooo

Reine said...

Haaaaaank... of course I want WHAT YOU SEE!

And yes. Yes, I notice the surveillance cameras. Actually... well this is embarrassing. I am always looking for them. I know they're there. Some are obvious. I guess on purpose, but others are hidden. Then there are the little holes you see in the dressing room or occasional ladies room... no, no... I am alert. Always.

PS: I love you.

Ann in Rochester said...

Is it too late too last to want what you see? Smiling

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

HI, dear Reine! xoxo and Hey, Ann!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

SharonTX

and Celia Fowler

(I couldn't resist--you are all too wonderful, so I had to pick two..)

Please email me at h ryan at whdh dot com with your address!

YAY!!

kate said...

And those winners are in for a treat. I started What You See last night, Hank, and stayed up way too late! I'm hooked.

Jackie Jones said...

congrats to the winners! (:

Jim Collins said...

I know you've already awarded the books, but I want to cast a vote for NOT changing Tenley's name. I love it, possibly because it reminds me of growing up in DC. If you try to change Willow's name, will she just shrug it off?

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Oh, thank you, Jim! No, Tenley will always be Tenley! (And so lovely of you!) And, aw, Willow will always be Willow.