Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, reading, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Resources

A Rainy Day in Florida…

It's been a while since I've visited you here, my friends. I'm happy to say I'm back on track with my reading - having just finished The Virtues of Aging, by Jimmy Carter, my 28th book of the year. I just started Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and it may be the last one… Continue reading A Rainy Day in Florida…

Book Reviews & Discussions, reading, The Writing Life

Checkpoint

As I sit and write this, we have used up 212 days of the year. Usually, I commit to reading goals of 30 or more, but this year for some reason, when I set that goal in January, I wrote down 15. Only 15. With 153 days left, I'm at 18, and I thought I'd… Continue reading Checkpoint

Book Reviews & Discussions, reading, The Writing Life

Do you keep a reading journal?

I've often wanted to keep a reading notebook, but a recent obsession with buying journals has finally pushed me in that direction. Additionally, I just started reading The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, and I can't think of a better novel to start with. As a writer, I forever am jotting ideas, plots etc down… Continue reading Do you keep a reading journal?

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Protagonists, reading, The Writing Life

Some thoughts on The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

I just finished reading The Awakening, by Kate Chopin. In its brief pages, the story comforts me in a way many may find disagreeable. No matter, it is as true today as it was when written at the end of the 19th century. *If you have not read the novel, the following contains spoiler alerts.… Continue reading Some thoughts on The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

Character Development, reading, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life

stretch, yawn, open eyes

My holiday break from online activity extended into quite a long one; a much needed one. But I've returned, and look forward to reading and writing content that gives us all a brief respite from the things we'd rather ignore for the moment. I spent the time reading and writing, and a bit of Netflix binging. So all… Continue reading stretch, yawn, open eyes

Protagonists, reading, Scene Writing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

219 Words. Friday Morning.

Friday morning. Your move. I know, it may be too much like a science for you. You’re an artist. You act off the cuff; live off the grid. Watch them. Deliberate moves; demanding reflection, patience. If I make this move, what move will you make? Is it a safe move? Will it give me the… Continue reading 219 Words. Friday Morning.

Scene Writing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt from Anna Karenina

This prompt used a random line from Tolstoy's Anna Karenina as my last line of the story:   The Return She stood at the front of the ferry, rubbing her hands together to fight off the dropping temperatures, trusting that Patrick brought at least one of the children with him. If not, she feared the drive… Continue reading Writing Prompt from Anna Karenina