Here you can find blog posts with book reviews, author interviews, and writing tips, prompts, and memes. Blogs are posted on Tuesdays.
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Thanks for joining me on this journey and happy reading!
BLOG TYPE #1: BOOK REVIEWS
The books I review each week will fall into one of the following categories:
CAMELLIAS ON MOSS
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery
Books in this category will be stories that transcend the human experience. As Barbery writes, "What is the purpose of Art? To give us the brief, dazzling illusion of the camellia, carving from time an emotional aperture that cannot be reduced to animal logic...What does Art do for us? It gives shape to our emotions...[It gives us] magical interludes, placing our hearts at the edge of our souls."
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See
Books in this category will be stories that take you on an emotional journey. As See writes, "I am still learning about love. I thought I understood it...But looking at our secret fan with its messages written between Snow Flower and me over many years, I see that I didn't value the most important love--deep-heart love...So here I am alone with my thoughts and this fan before me. When I pick it up, it's strange how light it feels in my hands, for it records so much joy and so much grief."
by Lois Lowry
Books in this category will be that seduce and tempt you, just as Johan was tempted by the apple. As Lowry writes, "Following the path of the apple through the air with his eyes...the apple had changed...He had taken the apple home, against recreation area rules...and had held it in his hands and looked at it carefully. But there was nothing at all unusual about it." Until it happened again with Fiona and the sled and Jonah learned for the first time he was starting to see the color red.
BIRD OF PARADISE
Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing
by Daniel Tammet
Books in this category will be nonfiction titles that are magnificent. They will broaden the scope of your world. The narrative will delight you and the words used to tell the story will tickle your fancy.
Books labeled as a Freesia will indicate that this book is a double dose recommendation—it was recommended to me by a friend and now I'm recommending it to you!
BLOG TYPE #2: WRITING IDEAS
The writing ideas I offer you each week will fall into one of the following categories:
These blogs will be filled with the advice I've learned from reading books on writing and tips that helped me as I edited my novels. All sources will be cited.
These blogs will be memes that perfectly capture your life and give you a laugh.
**See Fair Use Notice below
These blogs will have fresh, useful prompts to get your creative flow going and help you hone your craft.
**See Fair Use Notice below
FAIR USE NOTICE
Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the Copyright Acct 1976: Allowance is made for the reproduction of someone else's work without their explicit approval for "fair use" purposes such as criticism, comment, or teaching. All works used on this site are meant to educate and support writers in their goals and can be found through social media platforms such as Pinterest. No profit is being made off these works.