Thought for the Day:
“When I’m writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences.”
~ E. L. Doctorow ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
I have a couple characters in my novel who have heavy accents, but how should one handle that so it doesn’t overwhelm the reader? Louise Harnby has a terrific post HERE that will help with that issue.
I am a big proponent of the Oxford comma. It’s always nice to have confirmation of that position as the article HERE from Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice.
I have been told that my book is “episodic.” What does that really mean and how can I fix it? I did some searching and found a good article HERE that might really help me.
This meme says it all for me. We all hoped 2021 would be a fresh start, but, boy howdy, we are still getting more of that awfulness of 2020. The next couple weeks will continue to be very interesting, but hopefully after that things will calm down and we can get back to some semblance of normalcy as we continue to focus on getting this pandemic under control and getting people vaccinated. I had one shot and am scheduled for my second shot on February 18. I sure hope everyone can get theirs in the next few months. I know our new president is doing everything he can to get them out. Thanks, Joe! On another note, if someone had told me last year that the Super Bowl would be introduced with a live reading of a poem, I would have been gobsmacked. It just happened and, guess what? I am gobsmacked, but in a very good way. What a beautiful thing. Now I hope we have a good game.
The title of a book is always so important. I was intrigued when looking at the list of available books for the Manhattan Book Review by the title Because of that Crow by Beverley Brenna. What could that possibly mean? I had to find out. I’m glad I requested it. It’s a terrific book. Here is the review I wrote for them.
Harris is ten years old and struggling with guilt over being the sole survivor of a terrible car accident that killed both his parents. He and his older sister, Tessa, and his younger sister, Pinky. live with his grandfather. Grampa seems angry a lot of the time, and sometimes Harris’s behavior doesn’t help, like when he doesn’t do his school work. He has a science project to do. It’s really important to his teacher that all the children in the class do well as these projects are for the science fair. Harris has a poster that is overdue, and he is having a tough time coming up with an idea when a crow shows up. He is intelligent and starts to follow Harris around, distracting him from what he should be doing. That crow changes things for Harris, inspiring his science project and helping him understand his own problems and those of other family members.
Author Beverley Brenna has written a rich, complex story that will help youngsters discover important things about themselves and those around them. The writing is beautiful, the story compelling, and the characters fully developed and engaging. It’s short, sweet, and a real winner.
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