Archive for April, 2014

Quotable Thomas Hardy

April 30, 2014

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Thomas Hardy Quotes from English writer, Thomas Hardy, who’s known for Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Far From the Madding Crowd, and The Mayor of Casterbridge, are often rather grim. I like this less dark Hardy quote: “Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.”
How true! No matter how well I think I’m prepared for change, I’m always caught off-guard and somehow ill-prepared when it happens. But the only thing that never changes, is that all things change.

(As to where I got this photo and many more I’ll be using this year – I purchased a collection of author postcards many years ago. I used them as bookmarks! It was fascinating to look at the face of the writer as I read his or her work).

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Please consider a small pledge! 18 hours left! You ‘ll be in a book!

April 30, 2014

And Happy Birthday to “The Complete Tales from the Edge of the Woods! ”
One year old today & anniversary of the book launch!

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April 28, 2014

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Meet the King of Loglines. Wait, what’s a logline?

April 27, 2014

Interesting twist on art in a slightly unusual form

Quotable Harriet Beecher Stowe

April 24, 2014

On optimism from a famous woman author

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Harriet Beecher Stowe American writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe, who stirred up abolitionist feelings a decade before the Civil War with her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, offers insightful bits of wisdom. One of my favorites: “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”

I often wonder how many books go unpublished, how many inventions rust away, and how many miracles never happen because people give up too soon. An optimist at heart, I always hope the next envelope (or email) I open will contain an acceptance letter rather than a rejection slip.

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Tolkien’s Beowulf

April 24, 2014

Tolkien was the author who had the most influence on me as a fledgling fantasy writer. Just saw the Desolation of Smaug had to see what they did with the dragon because of my own. I am looking forward to this new release. Translating someone else’s words is almost a sacred job, getting idiomatic usage correct for one thing, staying completely true to the original author. And as Vonnie says, I agree, if you want to show some love? Visit my Amazon author page and purchase a book. Or hers or any author you may know of.mwe love to sign books for our readers.

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Great news for all JRR Tolkien fans, after a 90-year wait, soon we’ll be able to read Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf, plus promised additional material. Tolkien’s version of this myth-drenched classic will be published in a book edited by his son, Christopher. I for one, can’t wait!

A question for readers: What’s your favorite Tolkien book?

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The Art of Composing Haiku

April 23, 2014

A friend sent me this link and article as we d both been writing then discussing our haiku. I thought it worth a copy and paste and share since we ‘re well into National Poetry Month. Enjoy!

Part 1 of 4: Understand Haiku Structure

Know the sound structure of haiku. Japanese haiku traditionally consist of 17 on, or sounds, divided into three phrases: 5 sounds, 7 sounds, and 5 sounds. English poets interpreted on as syllables. Haiku poetry has evolved over time, and most poets no longer adhere to this structure, in either Japanese or English; modern haiku may have more than 17 sounds or as few as one.[1]
English syllables vary greatly in length, while Japanese on are uniformly short. For this reason, a 17-syllable English poem can be much longer than a traditional 17-on Japanese poem, straying from the concept that haiku are meant to distill an image using few sounds. Although using 5-7-5 is no longer considered to be the rule for haiku in English, it is still often taught that way to children in school.
When you’re deciding how many sounds or syllables to use in your haiku, refer to the Japanese idea that the haiku should be able to be expressed in one breath. In English, that usually means the poem will be 10 to 14 syllables long. [2] Take, for example, this haiku by American novelist Jack Kerouac:
§ Snow in my shoe
Sparrow’s nest

Use haiku to juxtapose two ideas. The Japanese word kiru, which means “cutting,” expresses the notion that haiku should always contain two juxtaposed ideas. The two parts are grammatically independent, and they are usually imagistically distinct as well.
Japanese haiku are commonly written on one straight line, with juxtaposed ideas separated by a kireji, or cutting word, that helps define the ideas in relation to each other. The kireji usually appears at the end of one of the sound phrases. There is no direct English translation of the kireji, so it is often translated as a dash. Note the two separate ideas in this Japanese haiku by Bashō:
§ how cool the feeling of a wall against the feet — siesta
English haiku are most often written as three lines. The juxtaposed ideas (of which there should only be two) are “cut” by a line break, punctuation, or simply a space. This poem is by American poet Lee Gurga:[3]
§ fresh scent—
the labrador’s muzzle
deeper into snow

Thinking of CS Lewis

April 20, 2014

A thoughtful Easter post

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On Easter, most readers are thinking of Beatrix Potter’s rabbits, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, Peter, and their cousin Benjamin Bunny. Instead, I thought of CS Lewis today. Why? For starters, a writer friend sent me a video featuring a pair of beavers repairing their home during a warm spell.

It is still winter, and ice remains. A warm wind has caused a bit of a thaw, so the beavers are out and about. They ignore the photographer, and go about their beaver business. Which would be interesting enough, but about 2 minutes into the video – one of the beavers stands on his hind feet and carries a load of sticks.

This wild beaver suddenly reminded me of Mr. Beaver and his wife from CS Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Many of you will recall the first encounter with Mr. Beaver from the movie – how he startles…

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Buds and Blossoms

April 19, 2014

In celebration of spring, I share my friend’s bouquet in photos

Clover's pages

Partially open daffodil Partially open daffodil

First sSpring Bouquet First Spring Bouquet

Mini Daffodil Mini Daffodil

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Spring Promise

April 18, 2014

It is really real

Clover's pages

We now see spring’s promise everywhere.

Spring Green
Spring Green
Spring Promise of things to come
Spring Promise of things to come
Daffodil Leaves and  Bud
Daffodil Bud

Blossoms are on their way!

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