Poem: Lazy Saturday

Should I write, or take a nap? My body doesn’t really give a crap.
My head says no, my heart says yes
Maybe I should just get dressed
Just lying here in bed
The fan swirling around my head
My heart chiming its steady beat
Its really all up to my feet
Should I stay or should I go
The rest of you say no

Feet say yes, and wiggles toes
Let’s just see how the rest of this goes

This is just silliness this Saturday. But my, it does feel good to relax today! Just finished watching Guernsey and the Literary Potato Peel Society on Netflix. I feel so inspired to write now. What a great feeling!

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Poem: Of Books

I bought a book
At the book store
I bought a book
I don’t need more

Hug it close
To my chest
Dream of
quiet nights
A writer’s quest

What new people
Live in its pages
A girl, a boy
An army of mages

The dream’s the journey
In dusty pages
A book
A store
And dreams galore

What I’m Reading: Winnie the Pooh, Silly old Bear

Went and saw Christopher Robin today, and it was fantastic. I went in expecting some childhood nostalgia, and a heartwarming story and got exactly that. The animation of our old friends to look more like the actual stuffed animals is amazing, and makes you want to pick them up and hug ’em all!

I’m feeling a little nostalgic tonight, naturally, so reading The House at Pooh Corner.

Will also probably re-read Winnie the Pooh at some point, too. If I could ever write anything as well as A.A. Milne, I would count myself very blessed indeed!

Happy writing everyone! (And reading!)

What I’m Reading: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I attended a writer’s group around here and someone recommended this book to all of us. It was a winner of a contest called Pitch Wars, which she also told us about. If you don’t know what pitch wars is, I suggest you Google it. Got a manuscript? Want some advice from experienced writers? This contest is for you. You get a chance to partner up with with a mentor, who will offer you advice and ways to edit your novel so you can pitch it to agents. In the end it’s like a bidding war for the best novel and sounds so exciting. I’m going to give it a try myself.

Anyway, this book is about four young adults who are brought together by tensions exacerbated by the politics surrounding the world of the novel. On one side there are those who have magic, or used to have it. On the other: the evil king who is determined to keep magic away for good.

Friendships form, romance kindles, and adventure makes this book as absorbing as the world the author has created.

Happy Reading and Writing!

What I’m Reading Tonight

Got the Yankee – Astros game playing in the background, the fan is whirling and making a steady shwooo noise, and I’m snuggled in bed with a book.

Everland, by Wendy Spinale. It’s this steam punk version of Peter Pan. I love the cross genre and diving into the realm of fiction classics is always fun, too.

What are you reading? Anything good?

Outlander Season 3, episode 5 Review: Freedom and Whiskey

Outlander might be a bit cliché, but that doesn’t mean that it is any less entertaining. If you’re going to write a book about star-crossed lovers who fall in love despite them not being from the same time period, best make it a good one.  Thank you, Diana Gabaldon.  I always feel inspired to write after watching this show, and that’s never a bad thing.

Beware, spoilers a head!

Photo credit: Starz

A Brief Recap:

Claire and Brianna have returned to Boston and Dr. Randall continues to be the brilliant surgeon that she is. Meanwhile, Brianna is struggling in school after learning news that Jamie is her real father.

Roger shows up in Boston with the excuse that he wants to experience an “All-American Christmas,” but really he’s there because of his crush on Brianna. Claire recognizes this but seems to accept that Roger is also a good friend to her daughter, and he is a good man.

Roger also has news: a newspaper clipping he found, (he is an awesome historian after all,) which is published by an Alexander Malcolm. The article quotes a poem from the future. Jamie has been found!

But the news comes as a shock to Claire, and she has reservations. How can she possibly leave Brianna? What if Jamie doesn’t find her attractive anymore? What if he doesn’t love her?

This episode seems all about second chances and holding onto love, even though it might be difficult. It’s about goodbyes, sacrifice and new beginnings. In a very mature decision, Brianna realizes that she must let her mother go find Jamie, even if they might not see each other again.

The episode ends with Claire arriving in 18th century Scotland in her “bat-suit,” a clever homemade costume appropriate to the time period, but also practical with its hidden pockets. She finds Jamie in the print shop in Edinburgh; he is understandably shocked to see her and passes out.

The Highlights?

  • Well, the reunion after 20 long years was delicious in all of its tension and importance. Jamie passing out was somewhat amusing. Poor fellow. Ghosts from the past and all that.
  • I like Roger and Brianna’s relationship, even if it seems more like friendship now.
  • The “bat suit” that Claire makes is very clever and awesome.
  • The costumes and the props and everything about this 1960’s time period is very rich in details, as was the Scottish Highlands. They do such a great job!

My thoughts about the next episode and what’s to come?

  • It would be silly to assume that Claire and Jamie can just pick up right where they left off. Twenty years is a long time, and although they do love each other, that’s a lot of catch-up to do.
  • I get the feeling that Roger’s lost parents are important. What if he is from the 18th century as well? Him and Brianna would be cousins.
  • I feel like Brianna might follow Roger back to Scotland. I could see Claire returning from the 18th century to find her daughter going to Oxford and dating/possibly married to Roger.

Obviously, I haven’t read the books, forgive me. But at the moment, I love being surprised by this story-line. (If you do know what happens, please no spoilers.)

What did you guys think of this episode?

Reading Anything Good Lately?

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I always know it’s time to clean my bedroom, when the books start piling up next to the bed. And they do, regularly. Case in point: the picture above. (Apparently the book store clerk thought it was a crime that I haven’t read The Phantom Tollbooth yet. I know!)

But it got me thinking tonight, how much I love books. And I do read a lot.

Because every new book is new inspiration. Terry Prachett and Stephen Baxter’s book, The Long Earth, had me thinking about parallel universes today, and how cool it would be to write a book about a different earth in a different part of the universe.

Kristin Cashore’s, Graceling, reminds me that dialogue is fun. The banter between characters is supposed to be full of tension and then yet equally entertaining but with an end game in mind.

And this new book that I started reading last month, by Genevieve Cogman, The Invisible Library, reminds me that many, many people share a love for books and it is something that connects us in more ways than others. Sharing a good book with someone else is like sharing a gift sometimes. If that book brings joy, well then, yeah, it was definitely worth it.

Anyway, What are you reading? Anything good?! Got any recommendations?

Hope everyone is having a great night!

Cleaning; and Editing My Story

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This happens every once in a while; the books pile up and it is time to do some cleaning. This goes along with the vacuuming, and laundry and yes, being an adult is waay over-rated sometimes.

Along with cleaning, though, I’ve been trying to edit one of my stories today and this becomes its own sort of cleaning…

You have to clean the sentences; trim down the wording until you have clear, precise language and what you are trying to say isn’t bogged down by excessive adjectives or adverbs.

Oh, beware of the too many adverbs! These are the ones that you have to watch out for.

What I’ve learned, though, is that I am terrible at editing my own work! I know that many authors have expressed that it is a major suck-fest to edit and I would have to agree.

It is fun sometimes when you can see the clear direction that a story is supposed to go on the page. Sometimes you know know how things are meant to be…and sometimes not.

This is when the frustration comes in.

I’ve gotten into the habit of jumping around and then going back to the point in a story that I find particularly irksome at a later date. This helps because then you come back to the page with a fresh mind and sometimes new ideas.

What about you guys? Got any great editing techniques out there?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Have You Seen It Yet?

I went and saw Fantastic beasts on Saturday and I loved it! I was at the book store earlier that day and bought the screen play and it is so great; J.K. Rowling is forever my favorite writer.

So, this is what I got going on tonight: curled up in bed, got something funny on TV, and reading while the snow falls softly outside.

What about you guys? Have you seen Fantastic Beasts yet?

New Book to Read: In the Lake of the Woods, by Tim O’brien

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Not much going on this weekend. Parents came and visited our new place, did some errands, and now tacos for dinner. Yum!

Yesterday, got a new book at the used book store down the street: In the Lake of the Woods, by Tim O’Brien. I remember reading this book in school and I loved the writing style. The voice through out the story just flows and you don’t want to put it down. I also loved The Things They Carried, too.

Do you guys have a favorite writer whose writing voice just speaks to you?