Thought for the Day:
“Success? I don’t know what that word means. I’m happy. But success, that goes back to what in somebody’s eyes success means. For me, success is inner peace. That’s a good day for me.”
~ Denzel Washington ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Becca Puglisi has a spectacular post HERE on Writers in the Storm with 9 Ways to Originalize Your Story. Do NOT miss this post.
We could all use more humor in our lives and also in our writing. HERE is a terrific post from Gay Merrill with 7 Simple Tricks to Add Humor to Your Writing (without offending anyone).
Janice Hardy at Fiction University ALWAYS has something of value on her blog. HERE are 10 Things That Will Sink Your Novel’s Opening Pages.
Upticks in Covid 19 numbers and continuing evidence of racism in many parts of our government, especially in policing, make me want to stay home and pull the covers over my head. Matt Sweeney left a comment on my post last week that started with “Dear 2020, please stop. Just stop…” Yup. That’s how I’m feeling. But we all have to keep on keepin’ on, so I keep on trying to find good quotes, links, and memes and keep on posting. I have to say, though, finding it to be Sunday when I woke up today was a bit of a shock. Somewhere this week, I seem to have misplaced a day. I was pretty sure it was Saturday until my daughter assured me it was Sunday. Am I the only one having trouble keeping track of time? Every day is just like the others — stay in, wash your hands a hundred times, read, read, read, watch the news which looks the same as every other day.
A few months ago, I ran across a book called Wrong Way Summer by Heidi Lang on the available list for the Tulsa Book Review. I checked it out online, and it looked pretty interesting, so I claimed it. I’m glad I did. It’s a really good book. Here is the review I wrote.
Claire is used to her father’s stories. They are a bit outlandish, but he has been telling them since Claire’s mother left when Claire was only four and her brother, Patrick, was just a baby, eight years ago. Now Claire’s father shows up with a big van. He says they are going to outfit it like an RV and have a Grand Adventure. Claire doesn’t want to leave her best friend Ronnie (or her slightly younger brother who is suddenly pretty cute), but Claire’s father says he’s sold the house and off they go. There seems to be no plan, but they stop in different places to visit some of Dad’s old friends, and then they leave quickly with Dad always disappointed. They end up at Dad’s sister’s home in Utah when Patrick runs away. Can this family ever get on solid footing?
Author Heidi Lang has written an interesting story of a family in a very realistic crisis of disfunction. There are far too many middle-grade readers who will identify with this story of a broken family, homelessness, parents making lousy decisions, and more. It is a frustrating story to read, but only because it’s pretty realistic.
I have a gently-read ARC for one of you. All you need do is be a follower or subscriber (it’s free!), have a U.S. address, and leave a comment below. If you would like extra chances, please share the link to this post on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet and let me know you have done that. And don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at the Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE.