Friday, May 30, 2014

Feature and Follow - Great Characters or Gorgeous Writing?

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This week's question: How important is good writing to you? In an ideal world, a book would be beautifully written AND have great character development, plot, etc. But in the real world, which do you prefer: (1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or (2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing.

This one, for me, is easy. Bad writing is simply too distracting. I can't force myself through something that is poorly written, or contains typos (more than the odd one off), or grammatical errors. No matter how great the plot, the character, or anything else. Sorry, just can't.

What about you?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Feature & Follow - Convincing

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Question of the Week: Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?

Not often, but a few times. I got my son hooked on epic fantasy. I have recommended some history books to some friends. Unanimously when I convince someone to try a book or series or genre, they have loved it. Since I only try in rare instances, and only when I see a clear synergy, that is not surprising. I wish I would just be better at selecting new things for myself!

What about you? Comment, please!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Moments - Poetry for Everybody

Poetry that is readily understandable finding beauty, wonder, hope, and happiness in the everyday. Approach the anticipation of spring finally returning after the long winter. Experience the joy of boys playing in the mud or the beauty of a new snowfall. Feel the stories of ancient bones and listen to the quiet of the early morning. Hear the reminiscence of the passing of time and see the excitement of each passing scene in a life. These and many more.

Review by: P.S. Rowland on May 01, 2014 : star star star star star 
When reading a book, did you ever get the feeling the author could see right inside your brain and was putting down your thoughts and not theirs? Author Greg Schroeder, has done just this in this recent gem "Moments". Thank you for the memories you have invoked, the thoughts you have inspired and the memories yet to come as I read your words over and over again!

Author P.S. Rowland of "Lest We Forget Life's Passion"

From Moments:

Clear and cold
The winter night sky reaches
To the edge of time
And space.
Brilliant full moon floods
A pale, thin light
But fails to illuminate
The blackness above.
Stars, tiny pinpricks:
Yellow, red, white, blue
Mixed in color and intensity,
Serve as markers through
Distance and time.
Sitting on the hill
Icy wind buffets
Lost in the depths
Of space and time
Lost in the imagining,
Imagining the infinite,
And the possibilities
That grow from it.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Feature and Follow - Authors Met

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Sadly, I have no photos of me with a favorite author. I can say I worked with Susan Isaacs on a couple of community boards. I also did a soccer fundraiser with Bart Davis. Unfortunately it was in my "no camera" phase.

Have you worked with an author outside of writing?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Dinner with John Green (Feature & Follow)

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John Green would be my choice for dinner, of living authors. He writes the kind of fiction I wish I could write - smart, current, somewhat quirky. I think it would be a long an interesting dinner, from hors d'ouerves to dessert.


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Review - The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

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This fine, short novel won the Newbery Award in 1961 and is O'Dell's most recognized work. As with most historical novels it maintains its relevance well.

The novel, like many of O'Dell's stories, is based on actual history, in this case the story of Juana Maria who was stranded on San Nicolas Island from 1835-1853. It is a story that showcases how close to the edge of mortality primitive societies live. It features sharp, painful loss as well as triumph and growth.

The main character, Karana, of necessity, assumes both the traditional roles of men and women. She builds a friendship with a woman who comes to the island with a band of Aleuts, a tribe with whom Karana's tribe had fought. She also finds companionship with the animals of the island, particularly two dogs.

Very well crafted, The Island of the Blue Dolphins is a highly recommended tale of adventure, adversity, resourcefulness and perseverance.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Feature and Follow - Hobby

I play with toy soldiers. And paint them. And research them (and the battles, campaigns, history). And build the terrain. And dabble in writing the rules. It is quirky but it is a lot of fun.

An American Civil War game

Two Crusaders

Romans on the march

Prussians from the time of Frederick the Great