Quotable Thursday

I love when someone writes the heck out of a sentence. On Thursdays, I try to post some of my favorites.

“Sophia wondered how she could have ever wanted to be anywhere but inside a linen closet.”
~Sharon Cameron’s Rook

Wednesday: What I’m Reading

On Wednesdays I vow to inconsistently list some good books I’ve recently read.

Jessica Lawson is middle grade master. Her newest, Waiting for Augusta, has so many threads to admire: loss of a loved on, surprise plot twist, segregation of schools, road trip!, golf, friendships. And they’re all woven together with a great voice, excellent characters, and perfect middle grade tone. This is a good one, readers. Run out to get a copy soon.

 

 

Gifts for Writers

My sister recently gave me the Best. Gift. Ever.

A friend of hers has an etsy shop and she had these lovely blocks made up with a quote from each of my books. Seriously. Gorgeous. If you’re looking for a gift for a writer, here’s an idea.

My writing quote of the week

“So what do I do? What do we do? How do we move forward when we are tired and afraid? What do we do when the voice in our head is yelling that WE ARE NEVER GONNA MAKE IT? How do we drag ourselves through the muck when our brain is telling us yoaredumbandyouwillneverfinishandnnoonecaresanditistimeyoustop?

Well, the first thing we do is take our brain out and put it in a drawer. Stick it somewhere and let it tantrum until it wears itself out. You may still hear the brain and all the sh***y things it is saying to you, but it will be muffled, and just the fact that it is not in your head anymore will make things seem clearer. And then you just do it. You just dig in and write it. You use your body. You lean over the computer and stretch and pace. You write and then cook something and then write some more. You put your hand on your heart and feel it beating and decide if what you wrote feels true. You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. That is what I know. Writing the book is about writing the book.”

~ Amy Poehler’s Yes Please

 

 

Wednesday: What I’m Reading

On Wednesdays, I vow to inconsistently list some good books I’ve recently read.

A few weeks ago I talked about The Poet’s Dog. This week I’m happy to pass along a similar (and similarly wonderful) title: Helen Frost’s Applesauce Weather. This middle grade verse novel has three points of view. It’s about the death of a loved one and the beauty of traditions. It’s full of love, joy, warmth, and sweetness. I loved it! And you will too. It’s one of those rare books that’s a good read for people ages 6 through 106. Enjoy!

Revision

Sometimes I hate revision.

But not always.

Right now I’m in the middle of revising a novel and the revision is actually…fun! I think because I’ve fixed (I think) the big picture things and now I have this checklist of small changes to make. It feels good to go down and cross them off one at a time. Plus in this stage of revision I get to use colored pens and index cards and spread it all out on the floor.

Here’s where I see that I have too many scenes between Point A and Point B. And I need to thread that subplot earlier and here’s where to do it. And. And. And.

Really, I’m someone who likes crossing items off a to-do list, so of course this part is fun.

Returning to the blog

I’d intended to be back here a month ago, but life. I’ve been helping a son recover from an accident and also trying to figure out what to do with the state of the world. I decided when I started blogging here that this place wouldn’t be personal or political. I’d only talk about literature, books, writing, and reading.

It’s hard not to be political right now.

If you’re grieving for the loss of compassion and kindness in our country–I’m with you. So if my posts are infrequent, it might be because I’m busy carrying a sign or calling congress or maybe because I’m just burying my head in the ground and wishing it would all go away. I imagine there will be days of both.

In the mean time, here’s something non-political. And book-ish. I rearranged one of my kids’ bookshelves for him over the holiday break as a gift. He was thrilled. Spines in line are soothing, right?

 

 

Quotable Thursday

I love when someone writes the heck out of a sentence. On Thursdays, I try to post some of my favorites.

 

“Maybe we’ve already vanished. Maybe this is where you come to when you vanish.”
~Frank Cottrell Boyce’s The Unforgotten Coat

 

Wednesday: What I’m Reading

On Wednesdays, I vow to inconsistently list some good books I’ve recently read.

 

 

Kate Beasley’s Gertie’s Leap to Greatness is a delightful middle grade read. Beautiful sentences; vivid, rich setting; interesting characters. The dialogue is often hilarious, the kid logic spot-on. It’s a satisfying story with a perfect ending that isn’t overly sweet. Run out to get this one soon.