Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Review: See Me

See Me See Me by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nicholas Sparks created a thriller with two people who meet, fall in love, split, and reunite to solve a murder. It is a fun read read. The reason why I didn't give one of my favorite authors a five star review is there were parts of the novel that the pacing drag just a bit, but enough to make me notice.

It is a great book to read. The characters are real and relatable. The antagonist is hidden among the clues. So read very carefully. Thanks Mr. Sparks for another 'good read.'

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Review: The Language of Secrets

The Language of Secrets The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fictional insight into the world of Canadian jihadist. The story explains to the reader the nuances and subtleties of Arabic language and poetry. Offers insight the tug of war between Canadian Muslims and their religion. It is a fascinating story and a great read.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review: Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales by P.D. James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This small collection of short stories is unique. They are about murders. Each story is different presented in a different point of view. I have read many of PD James novels and this collection was satisfying to me as a reader and writer. It is written in the British style of writing. It is a quick read and it is entertaining.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Subject: Mothers' Day

Celebrating Mother's Day Daily

  Richard                        Andrew                                              Rachel

The three accomplished young adults in this picture are the reason why Mother's Day's is celebrated in our family. You see. these three individuals don't choose one day of the year to give gifts, or go out to a fancy dinner to celebrate the woman who birth them. They celebrate Mother's Day every day. How? Their daily actions reflect cherished values.

They are good citizens of the world.
 They care about the future. 
They believe in a higher power.
They love their 'people' deeply.

Yes, I'm prejudice, but their day to day behavior in the world is the best gift a mother can expect from her children.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be your mother.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Writer's $ense: Is My Book Ready?

Yesterday, I used the WORD's handy feature to listen to my book. This great tool helped me finesse the final (hopefully) edit of my first novel. It allowed me to pick 'the lint and sticky stuff' out of my book. Many writers praise the exercise of reading your work aloud. This practice doesn't work for me. I substitute missing words and read words that don't exist. WORD reads the story as written and it is written. This editing drill helps on multiple levels. I find sequencing errors, conversation gaps, missing words, verb incongruities, just to name a few.

After reading articles, collecting checklists, eliciting beta readers, hiring an editor, and listening to my critique group input, my novel reach its final stage. Yes, there is a cover to finalize, acknowledgements to write, a synopsis to polish, a summary to hone, but this book no longer needs my full attention.

My novel may be ready, but there is still much to do. My marketing plan needs tweaking not to mention the calendar for the entire publishing project needs to be written.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

2017 Writing Goal Met

My proofreader met with me notes in hand  and a two inch thick manuscript with yellow highlighted words and a questions written in the margin. She validated my locations. She felt one of my characters needed  to reveal her fierceness sooner.

Add to this my biggest supporter and critic, my husband, summed up the main character's frustrations in two sentences. His observation stunned me.  His summation needed to be revealed by the character herself and in the right place in my story.

So, it was  back to the key board. Three days of intense editing and some long thoughts about my main character. I finished, two days before Thanksgiving.

It took three and a half weeks of reading, planning, and a very long conversations with the KDP representation before my book met the Kindle Direct Publishing requirements.

 Take a browse through my newly published book Changing Habits.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Writers' $ense: Use Your Experiences

When I'm asked about my occupation. I answer I'm a writer. The question that follows is: "Where do you get your ideas?" The conversation stops and everyone waits for the answer.

It feels like I'm revealing a secret recipe or a patent for a nuclear product. When I say, "My ideas germinate from what I read, see, taste, hear, feel, want, lack, in other words - my experiences." There is a pause.  The conversation changes no one dares to ask me anymore about my ideas. The word experiences conjure various visions in the listeners' mind. For many, it's a hot button topic. Experiences are personal, not always welcomed in polite company.

Writers use experiences as the fodder. They stir their observations, encounters, and interactions to conjure a character, a point of view, a setting, an antagonist, not to mention new worlds. Every human being contains a treasure trove of experiences waiting to burst forth into a story.

Our seven senses are entrances allowing us to immerse ourselves deeper in our experiences. Some experiences are too challenging, researching the experience offers our cerebral tools help the writer more.

 Let's take observing. a couple walking along the beach. How are they walking? Are they holding hands? Are they playful? Are they nuzzling?
Have you encountered an individual on a flight, train or bus ride who started a conversation with you? What was the conversation? What did this person say that encouraged you to converse?

Have changes in your life irritated you? What about the big changes: marriage, breakups, babies,
graduation, job loss, a move across the country, etc.? These experiences introduced you empathy, anger, fear, joy, or tolerance. These feelings you can write into your stories.,
  • What do you care about today? 
  • Who do you love? 
  • How would you describe your fam or your closest friends? 
The answer to these questions assist a writer to describe emotion, action, and empathy for your characters.

Today writers use multiple tools to record impressions, ideas, and experiences.Cocktail napkins, small notebooks with an attached pen, and photos assisted me in the past in developing imagery. My phone, Siri, Ipad record and store my treasury of reflections.

Generate ideas, story lines, characters, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, white papers, thank you notes, etc., is work.  It assists the process if you observe and record the best, ordinary, and worst of your experiences.


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