Thursday, September 20, 2018

Back From Another Hiatus

Work, family, and other commitments have kept me away for awhile but it's time to get back into the swing of things. I'm still planning on writing book reviews, however, today I'd like to talk about the merits of a writer's retreat. I've been writing for close to eleven years and this past April I went on my first research/writing trip. It was beyond fabulous and I can't wait to go on another one. The bed and breakfast that I stayed at was superbly charming and, even though I didn't plan it this way, the caretaker told me that the owner intended for it to be a place especially for writers. Hooray! My days were spent visiting different sites to takes notes and pictures and after finishing, I would go back to my room and write at the beautiful, antique roll top desk, with my notes spread out all over the bed. I accomplished a lot with my MG pirate novel, but more importantly, I enjoyed my introverted-self alone time and recharged some seriously depleted batteries. At the same time, my wonderful husband held down the fort at home and enjoyed some special time with the kids. A win-win on all fronts. And really, even without the research, being able to write without all of the usual distractions was priceless. So even if a cross-country retreat isn't feasible, a few days away from home (but still close to home) could be every bit as fruitful. Give it a try!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Fantastic Katrina Story

It seems that everyone who lives on the Gulf coast has a Katrina story and I've heard many of them. Short of living through it though, you really have no sense of the destruction that came with this horrible storm. More than leveled buildings and flooded streets, Katrina destroyed and forever changed thousands of lives. Hurricane Boy, by Laura Roach Dragon, gives us a huge glimpse of the horrors that so many people endured both during and after Katrina. This book is compelling but also beautifully written. Her characters are vivid and full of life and I laughed, cried, and cheered with Hollis and his family. I loved this story!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Who's Afraid of the Dark?

One of my new favorite picture books is The Dark, written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen. The story tells of Laszlo's fear of the dark in a most unique and intriguing way, helped along by some
splendid illustrations. My six year old son and I have read it probably fifty times and I marvel at it, each and every time. There is no being scared after this encounter with Dark. Definitely one of those books that I will give as gifts in the future. Thank you Mr. Snicket and Mr. Klassen for a new classic.