I set out to write a new collection of poetry and I am thinking about words more than I have in the past. The most difficult thing about writing is trying to find new words that mean the same thing while creating a different version of what I already wrote without repeating myself. Can you … Continue reading Write—For Me
This is a great review! Now another book I must add to my already too long list!
I have been reading an extraordinary memoir Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi. In this wonderful book, Nafisi writes about her experience as a Professor of English Literature in Iran and the women who were her students and whom she taught in secret. Her writing is honest, compelling, and a text that all teachers and professors should read. It is an educational inspiration. I give this excellent book a complete recommendation.
For this post, I want to highlight a few quotations from the book:
“what we search for in fiction is not so much reality but the epiphany of truth.” (3)
“Don’t go chasing after the grand theme, the idea, I told my students, as if it is separate from the story itself. The idea or ideas behind the story must come to you through the experience of the novel and not as something…
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I love the complexity of language and the intricacies of fabricating worlds. Worlds that are created between the pages of a spine, so I must continuously read. It is my belief that the love of writing should come from the love of reading. All writers should read and read everything because when you are done … Continue reading Releasing Writing Fears #2
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On National Cake Day (November 26), I celebrated by baking my husband his favorite spice cake. Holidays are coming up and this would be a great dessert to end any holiday feast so I decided to share the recipe with YOU!
Let’s break it down…
Step 1: Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and ground cloves. Set aside.
Step 2: Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, break up the brown sugar until there are no clumps.
Step 3: Add the vegetable oil and the unsweetened applesauce to the brown sugar and blend until smooth.
Step 4: Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
Step 5: Slowly add half of the flour mixture until combined and then add half of the buttermilk.
Step 6: Add the remaining flour mixture followed by the rest of the buttermilk. Blend until well combined.
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Originally posted on Capital Nerd: Cyber Monday and the weeks leading to Christmas is all about the technology deals — from video games to televisions to reading gadgets! And though you might not think of reading as a high-tech activity, there are loads of tech gadgets that make reading even more enjoyable (if that’s even possible).… … Continue reading I want these!
This is a revisiting of several posts I wrote about the characters from Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I. Book 2, Gallows Hill, will be out in January or February.
This entry is one of several posts I will write about some of the characters in my first novel. I hope you enjoy it.
The protagonist of my supernatural horror thriller Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I is a retired History professor, living in Bethberg, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a deeply complex man, influenced by, among other things, his service in the Vietnam War and the profound and loving marriage with his now deceased wife.
Roosevelt has several deep enjoyments in life—eating, drinking good whisky, especially single malt Scotch, and smoking high level cigars, but his primary passion in life is books. A visitor to his home would notice, more…
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I like writing but I am hesitant about sharing. Self-doubt, apprehension, and fear continuously rear their putrid heads over and over again. The self-doubt and apprehension lead me to write. In part, I believe that this is an oxymoron because the fear and apprehension should make me run from the craft. The exploration of my … Continue reading Releasing Writing Fears