Thought for the Day:
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.”
~ J. K. Rowling ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Is your novel full of stage directions? M. L. Keller of The Manuscript Shredder has a great post HERE to show you how to get rid of them.
Lori Freeman has a terrific post HERE on Writers in the Storm that will help you with a very effective way of structuring scenes.
Every writer needs inspiration now and then. HERE are some inspirational ideas from 50 writers.
I have been spending a lot of time unwriting the last few weeks. My middle-grade novel, The Incredible Journey of Freddy J., is too long, and I have to tell you, unwriting is harder for me than writing. That said, I have cut 10,000 words in the last few weeks and still need to cut another 5000. It’s getting harder and harder. Sigh. I will be glad to get back to just writing.
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Last week I offered a gently-read hardcover of Heartwood Hotel Book 3 Better Together by Kallie George to one of you. First, it was nice to see some new names show up and some folks I haven’t heard from in awhile along with a few of my ever faithful readers. Our winner this week is a brand new reader who shared my link for extra chances. It worked. Congratulations, ReadRedRead!I will get the book out to you this week. For the rest of you, please keep reading. I have another super book to give away this week.
When I ran across A Possibility of Whales for review at the Tulsa Book Review, the title really caught my eye. Then when I discovered it was written by Karen Rivers who wrote one of my favorite middle grade books, The Girl in the Well is Me, I snapped it right up. And if you are interested in my review of The Girl in the Well is Me, you can see it HERE. Now for the review I wrote of A Possibility of Whales.
Nat is twelve years old and has moved many times in her short life. Her father, XAN GALLAGHER (all caps always because he is truly larger than life) is a hugely popular movie star who hasn’t had a hit in many years, but that doesn’t stop the paparazzi from following them around, a big impetus for the many moves. Moving means losing friends and trying to make new friends. Nat had a best friend before their last move, and now she has a friend, Harry, whose real name is Harriet, but Harry insists he is a boy — just wasn’t born that way. His parents don’t see it the same. It’s complicated. And Nat doesn’t know who her mother is, and, as Nat approaches womanhood, that is a huge hole in her life. And then there are the whales.
Author Karen Rivers has written a richly layered story filled with beautifully-rendered characters and settings and a story that captures readers and compels them to keep turning pages. This will not only connect with middle-graders today but will grab older readers and remind them of the angst and poignancy of early adolescence. This book deserves wide readership. Don’t miss it.
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