Like a River Glorious is the sequel to Walk on Earth a Stranger in the Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson. In my review for the first book, I was raving about just how well Carson’s writing holds my attention. While I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the last one, Like a River Glorious held my attention just as much; I finished it in approximately one sitting. Continue reading “Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson [Gold Seer Trilogy #2]”
I don’t often do poems with religious overtones, but here’s one. Enjoy?
Inside the depths of your little museum
Stay the greatest of artwork and artists
Ever to cross your corner of the world and
Ending where the allies drew her lines
You thought it’d be simple enough to hide
Over the hills, safe within Mother’s proxy but
Under G-d’s watchful eyes – He’s out there
Believe if you want to or hide in your anger
Underneath Siberia’s deep snow and ice
But I believe that He’s watching me too
it’s been 10 wonderful joyous years
but behind the joy lies a trail of tears
tears shed for misunderstandings
misunderstandings of you and me
for 10 glorious, wonderful years
i held back shedding all my tears
i held on to the memories of ours
ours to cherish of peace and love
but things can change in 10 years
people can change in 10 years
the girl i once was is no longer
the woman you want me to be
i stand before this pool of tears
collected in these 10 long years
years i took to craft this staff
the staff i’ll use to split the sea
and now it’s over
Gathering Blue is one of four sci-fi / utopian stories by Lois Lowry, known informally as The Giver Quartet. The Giver, I’d say, is the most well-known of these books, and for me, it was a mixture of disturbing, fascinating, and thought-provoking content. The way it handled human emotions, even the beginnings of puberty, was delicate and unoffensive. Whether you’re reading Number the Stars or The Giver Quartet, I feel like the most important message that Ms. Lowry conveys here is that progress and modernity do not necessarily equal the extinguishing of evil from the world.
The world of Gathering Blue is far more rural and (dare I say) backwards than the world of The Giver, but many of the social problems are the same. The village people practice euthanasia, albeit a more “natural” type, where disabled or sickly people are usually cast out into the Field for “the Beasts” to devour, or to simply die of neglect and starvation. Speaking of disabled people, ableism (discrimination in favor of “able-bodied” people) is a very big theme in this book. Continue reading “Book Review: Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry [MINIMAL SPOILERS]”
My lovely friend “Mage” made a phenomenal proposal for a new literary genre:
There should be a friendship genre, if there isn’t one already!
It would be a lot like the romance genre, but the focus will be more on the platonic bonds between the characters. Instead of struggling to get together with the person that they want to be in a relationship with, the protagonist would be trying to make a new friend over the course of the novel. Or, if they already have a friend in the beginning, the novel would be about keeping that friendship going despite all the rough patches that might spring up.
And, like the romance genre, it can take place pretty much anywhere! It could be about the budding friendship of a spaceship’s alien pilot and her human passenger. It could be about two friends surviving against the odds in a dystopian world where friendship is forbidden. It could be about two high school students meeting through clubs and discovering their identities together.
The possibilities are endless!
The best part is that it wouldn’t be restricted to books. There could be movies, TV shows and even podcasts that could all be classified as the same genre.
It would be such a wonderful genre to become immersed in!
I want to write this. I want to read this. I am all for this. Who’s with me?!?!
This is all quite tongue-in-cheek, of course. 😛
- I don’t drink tons and tons of coffee. I love the occasional iced coffee, especially if it’s a slushy iced coffee. Occasionally, I’ll drink caffeine-free herbal teas to soothe my throat for my voice acting.
- I rarely stay up late to write.
- I’ve never won a real NaNoWriMo which requires 50k words in 30 days.
- I don’t have an agent.
- I don’t have stacks and stacks (or the ashes of) rejection letters from publishers. I rarely enter writing contests. I submitted a short story to a lit-mag and heard back from them once.
- I’ve never read Stephen King’s On Writing. I read a short story by Stephen King once for school, and thought it was okay.
- I’ve never been a New York Times Bestselling author.
- My books don’t have love triangles in them. Well, not seriously, anyway.
- I’ve never killed my darlings on-page. Not yet.
- I think I’ve only sold, like, three copies of my first self-published book, and given copies to four or five other people.
I had so much fun in May participating in Cait (PaperFury) and Sky’s (Further Up and Further In) Beautiful People meme for writers, that I’ve decided to join in again. This time, we’re talking about my writing process (or lack thereof, haha)!
How do you decide which project to work on?
It’s rare that I’ll obsess over a single project. I usually work on multiple and rotate between them depending on what subjects I’m inspired to cover that day.
How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
It really depends on the project and how motivated I am. It took me three months to finish Secrets in Seaport, but that’s hardly an example of how long it takes for me to write well. I think it took me about five months to finish my most recent project, Cliche, and I owe my fast pace to Aerin, my dear critique partner, co-writer, and muse. 🙂
Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
I don’t have an established routine for getting into the writing mood. I take the opportunities as they come. I never know when inspiration will strike next. But in the past, listening to music that fits the mood or even just reading books have helped me break the cycle of writer’s block, at least for short periods.
If you know of any good ones, I’m all ears!
What time of day do you write best?
Extremely early in the morning or extremely late at night. The best, albeit most absurd, madness-ridden pieces of writing typically come to fruition at unearthly hours. I think the self-scrutinizing parts of my brain goes dormant when I’m half-asleep, which enables me to write more freely.
Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
My tenth grade English teacher compared my writing style to that of Douglas Adams. I tried reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that year and never finished it, so I can’t verify that comparison for myself. Still, Adams was a Whovian and considered a terrific writer by many, so I appreciate the comparison.
Oddly, my writing style is easily influenced by whatever I’m reading at the time.
For example, I wrote Cliche on the heels of finishing A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix – there’s a chapter entitled Meanwhile, Back at the Bookstore.
If I’ve been reading a lot of Conan Doyle, my first-person narrative pieces include many “said I’s” and other quirky Doyleisms. (One of these days, I’ll read enough that I’m motivated to continue my Sherlock Holmes genderswap story.)
I also try (but don’t often succeed) to read Dickens when I’m doing freelance writing, paid by the word. 😛
Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
I started writing chapter books in word processor files at age ten because it was a quiet and not particularly costly way of making art. People didn’t take notice, so they didn’t make a huge fuss about it at family gatherings, as they did with my musical dabbles.
Today, I write because first and foremost to entertain myself. In my tweens and early teens, I had a hard time digesting books with vulgar content. (I still do, though I have a clearer idea of my current comfort zone.) Anyway, I tried writing the kinds of stories that wouldn’t make me blush or feel very indignant as a kid. I want to publish them someday because I hope others like me, with my sensitivities, might benefit from them too.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
One of the hardest thing I’ve written so far, for a story, is a diary entry from the perspective of a character who has fallen in love. As a headstrong young prude, it took me a while to embrace the reality that attraction, love, and the creation of new life needn’t necessarily be cheap, dirty, promiscuous things simply because the mainstream media portrays them as such so often. The least I can do is portray those beautiful facts of life in a clean, tasteful way; once I realized that, I was able to tell the story of how After the Fall’s protagonist came to be.
Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
Rewriting Adventures with my Time-Traveling Uncle. It’s such a neat project, but at the time I wrote it, I really didn’t have the skills to convey the story in a compelling, publishable fashion. I printed a single copy for myself and it’s around here somewhere, but I never sold it. It was 50 book-pages long, approximately. I have one-third a mind to retell the important parts as a short story, because I need to get back into the habit of writing those.
What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
I didn’t make any. 😀 That way, I was pleasantly surprised when I was suddenly able to churn out an entire first draft in about six months’ time!
Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
Spontaneous. Passionate. Progressive.