Sunday, August 29, 2010
Satan cackled at his sign deception. Road to Hell = Coolville. Genius. Perfect place for mean woman in wine aisle and her cold black heart.
(To get my "woman and wine aisle" allusion, you'll have to read Susan's previous--and amazing--post. My apologies to the good citizens of Coolville, which I am sure is nowhere near hell.)
Have a great week everyone, and thanks for commenting. I look forward to visiting as many as I can.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Here's a poem that speaks to a dangerous writer's journey:
New Every Morning
Every day is a fresh beginning
Listen my soul to the glad refrain
And, spite of old sorrows
And older sinning,
And possible pain,
Take heart with the day and begin again.
(January 29th 1835 - April 9th 1905)
(Susan Coolidge is best known for the classic children's novel What Katy Did.)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Janet Reid runs the best contests. She tosses out five juicy words and you have to use them all in a story with an 100 word limit. I made the final four in her latest--so now I know what it feels to come close to the brass ring. (The prize was a copy of Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World.) It looks like a hoot! I'll just have to grow up and buy a copy.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Bones was adamant. "Sir, if you wish to finish that novel, it's butt on chair. Or you'll end up like me: an unpublished buttless wonder."
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My wife is organizing a collection of poetry for Mary. Today, in the mail, a poem came from one of our older parishioners, Eileen, whose husband Leo died a couple of years ago. Atop the poem, someone has written "Dear Eileen--this poem speaks so of Leo's life. Such a beautiful man, such a life!"
It's a beautiful poem, profound in its dealing with loss and what one learns in this life. When I read something like this, I am humbled at the feat of great writing.
In Blackwater Woods
Sunday, August 15, 2010
In homage to Jane Austen:
After he won Emma's affections, Mr. Knightley became light-hearted. Not uncommonly he would go about his business dressed as a real knight.
(Could you have made it any harder, Susan? I'm rusty after a couple of weeks away, but glad to be back and looking forward to seeing what the rest of you come up with.)
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Here's the list of books I found interesting:
Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace. (This & the following are by British writers, set in Africa).
Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davies
More Brits, whom I have heard of:
Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud (author of my beloved Bartimaeus Trilogy)
Two Canadians, who sound fun:
Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
Neil Flambe and the Marco Polo Murders by Kevin Sylvester
Finally, two Americans who were getting some play in the store displays:
Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation by Matt Myklusch
What is it about these books that made them so compelling to me?
- Oftentimes, it was the title; Hacking Timbuktu; Shooting Kabul; Word Nerd; Neil Flambe! Me, oh my-oh!!
- The cover art. If a book's cover was yellow, red or blue and it was facing me on the shelf, my eye was arrested by it. Out of Shadows and Jack Blank are two cases of this.
- If I was familiar with the author's name. I loved the Bartimaeus trilogy by Stroud, so I was duty bound to pick up this book. As for Winterson, I heard of her in the 80s with such titles as Oranges are Not the Only Fruit and Written on the Body. Tanglewreck also has a great cover. I had to pick it up to see what she was doing as a children's writer.
I guess I'm a contrarian, but I'd much rather find and read some of the above books than the mega-bestsellers who suck up all the air. How do you choose the books you're interested in reading?