Friday, October 16, 2009

Take Part in the National Day on Writing, October 20, 2009


Take Part in the National Day on Writing

On Tuesday, October 20, it is National Day on Writing in the US.

Click on the link above and see how you can participate.

It's free!

Come back here on Tuesday, and share a link to you blog with your National Day on Writing contribution.

I can't wait to read what you've written.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Snow, not leaves, is falling.

Mother Nature is playing a joke.




Three inches of snow, and the leaves haven't fallen yet. My silver maple hasn't begun to change color.

The shelties have enjoyed spending all morning outside and are thanking me for providing them with lots of white stuff to eat and play in. I'm sure a snowman will appear as soon as my kids get home from school.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

What IS that stuff?



And where are all of the squirrels? Mr. Whiskers is confused.We woke up yesterday to our first snowfall this season. More is expected tonight. I love snow, but not this early. I still have peonies and bulbs to plant.

SIGH.

On the bright side, it will give me more time to write tomorrow.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Rituals

When I'm reading or writing, I enjoy lighting a candle




and sipping a cup of tea.



There is something comforting, focusing, about these rituals. I find I am able to give myself over completely to the world I am entering.

I experienced a fascinating new world in LIAR, by Justine Larbalestier. I reserved it at my favorite local bookstore after reading the fantastic reviews.

I want to avoid revealing any spoilers, so I will keep this simple--READ THIS BOOK.

It is an amazing work of fiction. The book is distributed as a YA novel, but I found it sophisticated in plotting and character. After reading it, I had the same feeling I had after seeing THE SIXTH SENSE the first time--wow. I wanted to reread this book right away, re examine the "clues" and re experience the writing.


I enjoyed it just as much the second time, reading it in my quiet corner.




Reading wonderful fiction inspires me. Time to work on my own world-building.




Have a great weekend.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Lazy Saturday



It's cold and rainy, a perfect excuse to spend the afternoon reading. I am rereading an old favorite today, after spending part of last week reading my book club's selection (not the WHAT I'M READING on the sidebar, I'm enjoying that, too) and needing a reward stronger than chocolate for completing a book I HATED!

The book shall remain nameless. It was wildly popular and several of my friends have told me how much they loved it. It was near the bottom of my TBR pile, but promptly became the top of the heap when I joined a book club this summer.

For years I had consistently refused to join a book club, because I only wanted to read WHAT I PICKED. I joined this group because I like the people in it. AND, I thought it would be good for me to read more outside of my comfort zone. The book club has been a great experience, but not always for the reasons I imagined.

The very best part of the book club, aside from the great people and fantastic dessert, was watching the other members when they discussed this book. People were passionate. They loved it or hated it for a variety of reasons. They brought several of the characters to life for me more convincingly than the author.

As a writer, this was a goldmine. I learned so much about how people READ.

You have no idea how much I look forward to the discussion at our next meeting.