Keep On Writing!

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To everyone who is working on various writing projects, believe in yourself and your work.

 

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Most importantly though–keep on writing!

Remember: you are a writer, and you can do this!

 

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Who Are Some of Your Favorite Victorian Writers?

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In the next entry in my series on favorite writers, I want to consider Victorian authors, with a time period defined as the time of Queen Victoria’s reign–1837-1901. This period has been filled with many excellent writers, and I will focus on only a few as my choices. I could, however, easily expand my list.

Without further discussion, here are three of my favorite Victorian writers:

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Charles Dickens

Dickens was an extraordinary success, both as a popular writer and with critics. His work is part of the body of literature, and he has touched much of the population of the world. Among his most important and well-known pieces are A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.

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Thomas Hardy

He achieved much in fewer novels than Dickens. Among his novels are Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure, and Far From The Madding Crowd.

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Emily Bronte

While writing only one novel, her extraordinary Gothic piece, Wuthering Heights, places her among the great Gothic writers.

 

So, I ask all of you, who are some of your favorite Victorian writers?

National Library Week!

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What is one of the places in most communities where people can go to find information, use computers, talk to other people, and most importantly, read books for free? Your public library is a wonderful and important resource.

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I have loved libraries since I was a child; I remember going to the branch library in my town with my mother and siblings. I thought it was such a large and magical place. This library was actually a fairly small building, but the magic inside was enormous, and that was the magic of books and reading! That small, local branch library begin my life long love of libraries.

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Some of the institutions are magnificent city libraries, and some are small, but they are all important. Whether in a metropolis like New York City or a tiny town of 500, these treasure troves of knowledge and books all serve the people who use them.

 

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Please support your local libraries!

Quotations on Music

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“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

                                                                 Albert Einstein

 

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“If music be the food of love, play on . . .”

                                                                William Shakespeare

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“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”

                                                                Ludwig van Beethoven

Who Are Some of Your Favorite Painters?

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I have been creating a series of posts about favorite writers in a variety of categories, and I wanted to expand to considering other art forms. With this idea in mind, I want to consider favorite painters.  I have loved and studied art history as an interest throughout my life, so I want to explore what painters others like.

For this post, I will include

Leonardo da Vinci

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Claude Monet

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and

Vincent Van Gogh

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I ask all of you: who are some of your favorite painters?

 

Quotations On Poetry

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“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

                                                                    Leonardo da Vinci

 

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“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”

                                                                    Robert Frost

 

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“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.”

                                                                   Edgar Allan Poe

 

Another Review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 by Charles F. French

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I am honored to be able to post this review of my horror novel Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book 1 by Charles F. French.

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Maledicus follows the plot of a horror story, which is the first horror novel I have ever read. This being said, I had low expectations since I have never truly been one to want to read a book focused around horror, or even mystery. However, contrary to my mindset prior to reading the novel, I found this book hard to put down since the story was captivating and the characters were intriguing. The characters were specifically fun to read about since they were relatable. One character I particularly enjoyed was Roosevelt, even with the age difference since I am 18 years old in comparison. Also, the author utilized a casual tone and adolescent-like language in the dialogue of the novel, creating almost a comedic undertone that I thoroughly enjoyed. Another aspect that I touched upon in my earlier reviews was the use of description and scene-setting. This was particularly interesting to me because the description added an element of fear and anticipation that I have not experienced in a novel before Maledicus. On top of this, I found that the descriptions of the settings were especially important to the overall tone of the story. The descriptions allowed for clear developments of images in my head, which articulated the author’s image very effectively. The outline and overall structure of the book were also very intriguing since it had a pace that was easy to digest the information, but also maintains the reader s attention. The outline also had smooth transitions between the different storylines, from Maledicus to Roosevelt, and locations, from Rome to Pennsylvania. Therefore, this element maintained a clear story, but also kept a pace that did not muddy the fun and anticipation of the book. After reading Maledicus, I am upset that I did not delve into the world of supernatural novels until now. However, this provides me with a new genre to delve into and learn about.

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Gallows Hill can be found here in ebook.

Gallows Hill in paperback can be found here.

An interview about Gallows Hill can be found here.

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Please follow the following links to find my novel:

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Print book

Thank you!

The book trailer:

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My radio interview:

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