Thought for the Day:
“Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.”
~ Brenda Ueland ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
I love historical fiction and am working on a manuscript that is historical fiction. HERE Writer’s Digest has a good article by Irene Goodman with 16 Things All Historical Fiction Writers Need to Know.
I love words. What writer doesn’t? So when I see a post that introduces me to a new word, I am all over it. HERE you will find a post from Kathy Steinemann that is just fun for writers and other wordaholics.
Louise Harnby always has something useful on her blog. HERE are 6 Ways to Improve Your Novel Right Now.
I talked to one of our exchange students (from over 20 years ago!) over the weekend. Sonni and her family live in Hamburg, Germany. They are having their third wave of Covid, most of which is coming the from U.K. variant, and things are pretty much locked down again. The European Union has been purchasing vaccines, but hasn’t allowed the individual countries to purchase on their own, so as to prevent the smaller and poorer countries from being shut out. But this means there isn’t enough vaccine for a fast roll out. That said, this should be a cautionary tale for us all. We need to keep on being careful and wearing our masks. The mutations can be a real problem. We are really fortunate here with the great vaccine roll out Biden’s administration is running. I feel very safe and hear from friends and relatives every week that more and more of them are getting their vaccines, but I still wear my mask and wash my hands a lot. I think we all have to for a long time.
I don’t read a lot of graphic novels. They just aren’t my cup of tea, but there are some terrific ones out there. Raina Telgemeier’s books come to mind. A couple months ago, the middle-grade novels were slim pickings on the available review list for the San Francisco Book Review, so I chose a graphic novel by Jimmy Gownley called 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up. It has a lot going for it, but, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t crazy about it. I read some other reviews of it, and a lot of people liked it, so maybe it’s just me. Here is the review I wrote for SFBR.
Graphic novels have become quite popular with the middle-grade set. Let’s face it, they are more like long comic books, in many cases, than anything else. The artwork in this one is bright and very busy, often not laid out in typical panels, but in a wide variety of shapes, some overlaying other spaces, giving the idea of urgency. Some of the type is extremely small or in light colors on dark backgrounds, making parts very hard to read. The story is not unusual for young people’s books — the kids must resist the evil adults and make things right in this topsy-turvy world of middle school (although a lot of this seems more appropriate for high schoolers than middle schoolers). The kids in the story are clever and smart, able to fool and trick the teachers and administrators, the evil and mean-spirited adults who seem to have no job other than to make the kids’ lives a long, terrible misery. Some young readers will enjoy this kind of story and most will certainly like the fun artwork, so this may be just the ticket for reluctant readers.
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