Thought for the Day:
“Sometimes, when you’re writing sentence by sentence, you’re not really sure what footprints you’re going to fall into, or what ghosts might appear.”
~ Karen Russell ~
Gifts for My Writer Friends:
Eldred Bird has an article on Writers in the Storm HERE that explains what a MacGuffin is. First, it’s very entertaining to read, and secondly, I realized I have a MacGuffin in the novel I’m polishing.
Lisa Hall-Wilson has a very interesting post HERE on Writers in the Storm all about writing in Deep PoV.
M. L. Davis has a great post HERE on Uninspired Writers that will show you how Creating a Playlist — the Soundtrack to Your Story — can be done. I never thought of doing this, but I wish I had.
Well, it was quite a week in baseball, and not in a good way. The Giants dreams were cut short, not by overwhelmingly excellent play by the dastardly Dodgers, but by an umpire who either doesn’t understand what a checked swing is, or wasn’t watching and made the call anyway, or had his brain taken over by an alien. Ugh. The good news is hockey season officially opened, and my beloved Sharks won their first game. I have that to look forward to. The other good news is I am making some very good progress on three writing projects. There is quite a bit of research needed for two of them, and I am kind of a research junky. I have to be careful I don’t get lost in it and forget to get back to the writing, but so far so good. I have also started doing something I have long known I should do, but never did — reading my own work out loud. It’s kind of weird how much I have avoided this. I was talking to my daughter about this reluctance, and I have come to the conclusion that I don’t really like the sound of my own voice. All that said, I now realize what an important step this is. I am finding things — little things — that I never noticed in all the times I have read through my work. It’s a good thing, an important step, in writing.
Last week I offered a gently-read ARC of Linked by Gordon Korman to one of you. This week’s lucky winner is Patricia Tilton. Congratulations, Patricia! If you don’t know Patricia, she is a writer and has a wonderful blog called Children’s Books Heal. Check it out HERE. She has great book reviews you won’t want to miss. Patricia, I will get your book out to you soon.
I ran across a title that caught my interest in looking at books available for review for the Portland Book Review. It was Tips for Magicians by Celesta Rimington. I checked out what the publisher had to say about the book, and it sounded like a good book. I don’t usually read fantasy, but when fantasy is sort of the side show to the main event in a contemporary story, I find that interesting. So I requested and received the book. It was a very good choice for me. I really love this book. Here is the review I wrote for PBR.
Harrison’s dad has been super busy since Harrison’s mom, a famous singer, died in an accident. Harrison is trying to learn magic tricks, but he can’t come up with magic that will keep his dad from taking a traveling job and sending Harrison to live with his aunt in Muse, Nevada, a town with a magical history. There, Harrison makes friends with Marco, a young falconer, and Chloe, a girl he knew years earlier when visiting Muse with his mom. The three seventh-graders work together on projects for an upcoming art festival, hoping to recall the Muse, long absent from the town. Harrison believes it’s the way to get his dad back in his life.
This is truly an enchanting book with well-rounded characters, a compelling story, and a magical setting. Author Celesta Rimington is clearly in touch with her inner child because she nails the voice in this middle-grade, first-person point-of-view book. She tells this story of loss, friendship, family, and home with a great deal of heart and beautiful writing. We see not just Harrison, but Marco and Chloe as well, learn and mature. This book is not to be missed.
I have no giveaway this week since I will donate the nice hardback copy I received. Don’t forget to check for other Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts at Greg Pattridge’s blog HERE. He always has links to several middle-grade reviews, and he writes reviews on his own blog two or three times a week. See you here soon!