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Magic in the Library.

For me libraries have always been magical places filled with stories about people that  I could  imagine meeting. In elementary school, not only did I read through entire chunks of the school’s library but I would spend time helping the school librarian. Shelve some books, straighten up a display, or best of all type up some cards for the card catalog – on an electric typewriter no less (Mother wouldn’t let me touch her good one). Yes, I’m dating myself here. But even those cards were magical. One book with so many different ways to organize it – title, author, category. And then to be able to put those cards in the catalog drawers was an event. Very few people were allowed to touch the metal rods that held the stacks of cards in those drawers. I knew I was special. The school librarian encouraged me to earn my library sciences degree in college so I could come back to help her.  It was an intriguing thought but wafted away in time.

As a budding writer I enjoyed creative writing club. Which was of course run in the library. Just another reason to be in one of my favorite places. And then there was the magic day when we had a real live author come to visit! He was a local poet and we each were to write a poem ahead of time that our teach sent off to him and then we were critiqued.  Pure magic! He said mine reminded him of e.e. cummings.  Being only eleven or twelve I had to look up e.e. cummings. Really, I was that cool?

Those times in the school library are some of my favorite childhood memories.  As homeschoolers my children were introduced to our local public library very early on. We’ve participated in summer reading program , my youngest has volunteered in the children’s department for the last two years, and we’ve held NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s write-ins at the library. But best of all is the Creative Writing program. Tuesday afternoons are for all community teens and once a month there’s a special homeschooling group that also functions as a book club.

And last week what happened? They got to meet a real, live author. Terri Clark  writes YA fiction and came for a visit. She talked about the business side of being an author, discussed writing, and brought copies of her books to give away. One of the girls received  Ms. Clark’s newest book Hollyweird two weeks before its release date. Our home library gained Sleepless and The Girl Who Was on Fire.  Even more special for my kids was that Ms. Clark signed the books.

The library magic has now been passed on to another generation and I can only hope that this will become one of my children’s favorite memories.

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Who do You Write Like?

My Split Personality Shows Through

I subbed 3 pieces this week and ran two of them through the I Write Like Analyzer for fun.

Daily Science Fiction

got this side of me:

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

This one surprised me. I don’t think of my stuff as that dark. Although this particular one was darker than most.

The Pedestal Magazine

saw this one:

I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Ooh – I’m all literary like.

That’s a strip the gears kind of week!

So who do you write like? I’d love to hear.

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Safehold Has Me Enthralled

I’m abut a third of the way through By Heresies Distressed, the third book in David Weber’s Safehold Series. Loving this series more with each book.

Just think medieval era humanity located on a distant planet meets advanced life form robot  who has to work within their system; then throw in politics between always fractious kingdoms and a meddling church; and top it off with naval battles. Too cool!

Oh and bonus – I think my husband is finally enjoying the series.

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Is 200 Pages Enough?

I just read Melanie Rawn’s first book of the Exiles series, The Ruins of Ambrai. It was the second book I picked up for my trip a few weeks ago but I had so much trouble getting into it, I had to renew it to give myself enough time to finish it.

Having read enough speculative fiction over the years I know that the first hundred or even two-hundred pages of the first book in any series can be a bit tough to follow.  The author needs to set up characters, setting, magic systems, technology bases, etc. I know this, and yet I still had difficulty getting into the book.

I had this same argument with my husband when he started the David Weber  Safehold series. Must preface this with the fact that we both love the Honor Harrington series and pretty much all things Honorverse. Anyway, husband was sloughing along and I kept urging him to give the book another chance. Still not sure if he finished it – meanwhile I just bought book 2 – By Schism Rent Asunder.

So my question today is how long does anyone else give a book to prove its worth?

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Vardaman Bundren anyone?

So I was reading today’s post over at Nathan Bransford’s site – great blog and always something to be learned!  Anyway, today’s posting asked What Is your Favorite Character Name? I immediately went and grabbed my old copy of “As I Lay Dying”  to double check the spelling of Vardaman Bundren.

And then it hit me how long ago I first read this book – it’s been 25 years – senior year in AP English. (Slight moment of feeling old.)  We read a lot of things that year. Lots of Shakespeare, Some Greek tragedies, Moby Dick, and good old Mr. Faulkner.

Some I liked and some I loathed, but the Faulkner got under my skin. First person, stream of consciousness, each chapter from a different character’s point of view. So different from anything I’d read before.

Thanks to Nathan Bransford I’ll be visiting with Vardaman Bundren and the whole clan again this summer. Hmm, maybe add a little Joseph Heller, and then top it off with a few Greek tragedies.

Who else is up for re-reading a book from our old school days?

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