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Just Because

So for the poetry class I took this summer our final paper involved a bit of a hands on creative project. I decided to put one of the poems I wrote about to song. And yes, it's your lucky day and I'm sharing it with you. Special thanks to my daughter for being my camera girl. I messed up and said "choice" instead of "voice" so pretend I didn't okay. I had fun with this song, poem, poet and class. The poem is called "London" by William Blake. You can read it on The Poetry Foundation's website. Enjoy!

What Makes a Good Novel?

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Good question, right? But really, what does make a good novel? I've shared some thoughts on the topic below. I'm sure this list isn't comprehensive, but it's a good start.


CHARACTER and SETTING What would this book be without Anne?  She is everything.  The plot is obscure without her, the reasons for writing lost.  And Prince Edward Island?  Who doesn't want to go there after reading this book?  A good main character should be STRONG, CONSISTENT in their actions and voice, and someone you would want for your BEST FRIEND.  The setting should be REAL, VIVID, and LURING.  Your readers should feel like they've been there, and have a desire to go back again and again.
STORY As a reader, if I can predict what is coming next, I am dissatisfied.  Completely.  But take me on an enjoyable journey that keeps me guessing, most of the time incorrectly, and I am a happy reader.  An effective plot should be UNPREDICTABLE, FUN, THRILLING, WEAVING, and at times, IRONIC.
IDEA Some…

The Top Ten Reasons I Don't Need a Doctor to Diagnose Strep Throat

10.  My tonsils are the size of golf balls.  They create such an obstruction that it's difficult to breath, especially through my nose.

9.  I've stopped talking.

8.  I've stopped eating.

7.  It hurts to swallow, so much so that I try with all my might not to which only makes me swallow more because I can't stop thinking about it.  Don't swallow, don't swallow, don't swallow.  Ouch.

6. My body aches all the way out to my fingertips, even if I'm doing something as simple as running water over my skin.

5. It's over 100 degrees outside but I'm shivering under the covers.

4. The only thing that sounds good to eat are chocolate Creamies.

3. Sitting at the computer for ten minutes is exhausting.

2. I can't formulate complete thoughts.

1. I just know, okay.  So please swab me and get on with writing the prescription!

Don't worry.  I've got the prescription and am on the road to recovery.  I wish strep throat was like the chicken pox--you get…

Sleep for Thought

Sometimes people ask me if writing ideas come in the wee hours of the night.  (Why are they called wee hours?  They're exactly the same length as all the other hours.)  I tell them that I used to.  I remember those days.  I'd wake up at 1:00 in the morning, or 3:00, or 5:00.  I'd start thinking about this or that and sometimes those thoughts included my current work in progress.  And whammo!  There's something about brain activity in the middle of the night.  Ideas come and come and come and come.  And they're good ideas, too.  I'd reach for a pen and notebook, often annoyed because I was still tired, and sometimes excited because the ideas were plain amazing.  Then I read something somewhere that struck me as being not only a truth, but a hugely important one.  It goes like this:

Nighttime is for sleeping.
Reading that was like being in algebra class in the seventh grade and finally having that moment of 'Oh, I get it.'  Lack of sleep isn't good for …
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I have to admit I'm not quite done reading yet, but I really wanted to participate in this blog tour since the awesome author wrote one of the blurbs on the back of Cinder and Ella.

If you like vampires that don't sparkle, this book is probably for you.  Abby is a dynamic character with a past that she doesn't quite remember, which adds tension and gives the book pull because you know that some day all the horror is going to come back to haunt her.  She is married to the only man who can calm her enough to keep her from killing people, which I loved.  And she has a job to do, which she didn't ask for and doesn't want.  I enjoyed the strong-willed sass in this character.

The book is written from multiple perspectives which helped in some aspects, but I think I would have preferred to be in one person's head the whole time.  At first, I wanted Emily to be the main character because she seemed a little more developed and I felt comfortable and like things were in…