"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~Toni Morrison

Sunday, April 13, 2014

WOTW: Sobriquet

Sobriquet:  noun, a person's nickname

Found in The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault
"While I do not agree with your conclusions about the word sobriquet, it is interesting to hear what uses Samuleson has in its citation file, and I appreciate your taking the time to share those examples with me."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

WOTW: Insouciant

Insouciant:  adjective, showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent

From The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara:
"I watched him worry it in the dirt, dragging it back and forth in a lazy arc that was somehow human in its insouciant cruelty..."

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

My journal page from reading Beautiful Creatures.  I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.  The writing is beautiful, the characters are engaging, and the plot hooked me.  I definitely recommend this book.

Have you read this book?  What did you think?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

What I'm Reading This Week #7

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I tried to read The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club.  I really did!  But I couldn't do it.  Everything about this book bothered me.  It doesn't feel like it was edited.  It tells instead of showing.  I had to put it down and move on.
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So I picked up Messenger by Lois Lowry.  I just started this book yesterday, so I haven't read very much, but already I feel like it is a better fit.
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It's a really fun book, and it already has me doodling more.  The idea is to use visual language to take notes, instead of just words.  I used this philosophy while taking notes at my last meeting.  It worked really well for the topic we were discussing.  I am interested to see how it works in future meetings and taking notes on readings.


Ask not what your readers can do for you
An list of ways authors can improve the reader experience

A selection of articles to help guide the editing process.  I will be checking these out once I have completed my first draft.

What are you reading this week?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WOTW: Hirsute

Hirsute:  adjective, hairy

From The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara:
"I had no other U'ivuan women to compare her to, nothing to tell me whether they were all this hirsute or Eve was an exception."

Monday, February 24, 2014

WOTW: Priapic

Priapic:  adjective, of, relating to, or resembling a phallus

From The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara:
"It was disgustingly priapic, about eighteen inches long and fat as an eggplant, and that particular sugary newborn pink one finds only in tropical sunsets."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WOTW: Tansu

Tansu: noun, a Japanese chest of drawers or cabinet

Found in The People in the Trees by Hanya Yangihara:
"Inside, the house was very much the same way: in one corner of the entryway sat, incongruously, a Japanese tansu of blistering, puckered camphor."