Hello to all my readers. This is going to sound like a plea, because it is! I am entering the agent pitch contest on Twitter that is called #SFFpit, and I need your help. I am attempting to find an agent for my YA, Cli-fi novel The Ameriad: The Monastery of Knowledge. For those of you who have Twitter, please retweet–but DO NOT LIKE because that is for agent responses– my pinned tweet, which is my pitch.
Here is a wonderful post from Vanessa on the extraordinary book — The Labyrinth Of The Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you have not visited her site, do yourself a favor and take a look there!
I can’t say enough about Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s writing. It’s absolutely beautiful, lyrical, lush without being overly purple, and whether describing the sensory overload of a roomful of books, the scent of tobacco, the deeply scarlet hue of a woman’s lipstick, or the existential dread and horror of torture and death, the man writes like a magician. I’ve read each of the books in the series over 10 times apiece, and I continue to find small, overlooked details in each one the more I read. The Labyrinth of the Spirits, the fourth and final book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, draws together the threads splayed out in the previous three books, brings a kind of justice to the Sempere family, and introduces the reader to a very unusual heroine, Alicia Gris.
The basic premise of this book is the story of Alicia, born in Barcelona, how she…
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I have spent the majority of my time on this blog writing about writing, so I thought I would address the most fundamental and most important part of this experience with books: reading.
I have been reading my entire life; in fact, I cannot remember a time when I did not read. And reading has informed my life in many ways, not only in terms of career but also in the joys of life itself.
I read books, I teach them, and I write about them, but mostly, I enjoy them. I remember my mother telling me when I was very little that you can go many places that you might not ever have a chance to visit, real and made up, if you read. And I have visited and continue to journey to real and fantastic lands.
I am not a reading snob. While I teach college English Literature, I read in a very wide range, from adventure and horror to drama and so-called high literature, although I am not so certain that this distinction is accurate. Both Shakespeare and Dickens were considered popular writers in their time. Hemingway straddled the mythical fence of literature and genre writing. Today, I happily read authors in a multitude of genres, including Stephen King and John Connolly, among many others. So, I read whatever I choose, in any area. And I get great pleasure from the reading.
I am currently reading, as I often do, several books: Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres; Death In A Strange Country by Donna Leon; and Pale Hecate’s Team by K. M. Briggs.
I hope that all people can experience this pleasure of reading. I realize not everyone will, but I can keep hoping they do.
And a quick question: what is a book you are currently reading?
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Here is a wonderful post from the excellent teacher, Jennie!
I have been plugging away at deleting photos from my media library, because I am close to using up my available space. I know, it’s only a photo, but as I scroll through the photos, every one has been a walk down memory lane. They have stories to tell. No wonder this is taking me forever. Every delete feels like I am giving away my first born child.
Here are a few photos at random that pulled at my heart today. No, these will not be deleted:
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Here are a group of telling quotations on tyranny and liberty posted by the excellent author, Karen DeMers Dowdall!
~This is a telling time, a time to consider consequences as there are worse things to come; if those that are keen with pen and paper fail to support right from wrong. ~ Karen Dowdall
“In every age it has been the tyrant…wrapped in the cloak of patriotism or religion to deceive and overawe the People”
~Eugene V. Debs
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~Thomas Jefferson
The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything. ~Clarence Darrow
Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free. ~Bill Richardson
The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants. ~Albert Camus
It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants has in…
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I have written many posts in this blog about writers, and I hope I have always been positive and encouraging. In this world of books, another important and equal group of people exists, and that group is readers!
Readers, of all ages, engage with books, with their stories, and in a communication with the author’s words, create worlds in their imaginations. It is truly a kind of transformative magic!
So, I want to offer an enormous thank you to the readers of the world. You are the audience for writers’ efforts, and without you, writers are nothing.
Readers, please take a bow, and continue doing what you do — reading!
Here are fascinating photographs from Cindy Knoke!
that are fascinating,
on the walls of time.
Left by people,
speaking to us,
telling their tales,
from 4,000 years ago.
Cheers to you from the ancient messengers~
Note: Petroglyphs are carved into rock and pictographs are painted onto rocks using dyes or resins. These petroglyphs and pictographs near Moab Utah are all around. You come upon them as you hike. They are 1500 to 4,000 years old and depict people hunting, both male and female, who appear to be wearing feathers and have weapons. There are antelopes, deer, bears, snakes, birds and other animals, as well as rivers, lakes, the sun and much more. Look and see what you can find, after all, art is open to your interpretation.