"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

Books:
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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.
image source:  amazon.com
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.

Online:

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

Editing
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."