True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

25 quotes to inspire you to be a fearless writer:

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Writer Meme of the Week:

How to Get Ideas. INCIDENTAL COMICS:   http://www.incidentalcomics.com/2011/05/how-to-get-ideas.html:

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

INCIDENTAL COMICS: Bookmarks:

Best Grammar Nazi Meme of the Week:

Grammar Pirate.  I LOVE this.  I am going to have this printed and put on the big blank spot on my wall :):

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Mortal Fall by Christine Carbo ~ Fiction Book Review

25987140Christine Carbo is an excellent writer. She draws the reader into her characters’ world, making them see what they see, putting the reader into their fictional shoes. Her descriptions and insights are wonderful. That said, for a suspense novel, her writing is a little too good. By that I mean that perhaps it’s too literary. The wonderfully crafted sentences detract from the story’s momentum.

Maybe I’m alone in this as a reader and a writer, but I feel there’s a huge distinction between sentences that leave you breathless due to beautifully crafted language and those that leave you breathless due to magnificently crafted suspense. It’s hard for the two to meet. Not impossible, but hard.

The good news is that over the course of the hundreds of pages of a novel, there’s a time and a place for both. Reading is like breathing. When the tension mounts, the sentences, like our breathes, need to become shorter – quick, simple and easy, with nothing to take the reader out of the zone. Wordiness bogs the reader down, slowing their pace, their breathing, their heartbeat. It brings them back to reality, and who wants that?

I enjoyed this book, but found it a little too slow because of the good writing. Is that a valid complaint? Carbo in a new author and I have a feeling she’s got wonderful things in store for her readers. I love reading about Montana’s wilderness and Glacier National Park. 4-4.5 stars.

 

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

Writer's Wisdom-- Some of history's best writer's give advice on writing.:

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Writer Meme of the Week:

from INCIDENTAL COMICS: Story Structures by Grant Snider:

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

Reading Room:

Best Grammar Nazi Meme of the Week:

I want to repin that quote, but it has a grammatical error.

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Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf ~ Fiction Book Review

25785334Hmm. I am a big Heather Gudenkauf fan. That’s one of the reasons this long awaited release was so exciting. It’s her first book to be released in hard back, a wonderful accomplishment for any writer. I greatly anticipated getting my hands on a copy this book.

That said, from page one I found myself asking, “This is Gudenkauf?” The writing was uncharacteristically simple and sparce. The characters weren’t as well developed as hers usually are. And the plot? It was a simple paint by numbers murder mystery. Not at all what I was expecting.

It wasn’t bad, I enjoyed it, but my first suspect was indeed the guilty culprit and the writing kept taking me out of the story. This book gave me the impression that Gudenkauf got the much coveted deal for a hard cover release before the book was written, and she choked. She’s a much more talented writer than this book portrays. I would recommend this book to someone looking for a quick and enjoyable mystery, but not to anyone expecting The Weight of Silence. It is with a heavy heart that I give this one only 4 stars.

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True Grit ~ Tuesday’s Words of Writing Inspiration

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Meme Monday ~ Laughs for #Readers and #Writers

Best Writer Meme of the Week:

4 Essential Elements For a Good Story - Sebastien Millon / Art Illustration:

Best Reader Meme of the Week:

"Better Bookshelves" Grant Snider:

Best Grammar Nazi Meme of the Week:

Someecards's photo.:

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I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh ~ Fiction Book Review

23125266This book had been on my wishlist for a while, so when it was featured as a Kindle deal at an awesomely discounted price, I couldn’t resist. It’s another book where I went in cold – I knew only that many of my Goodreads friends really enjoyed it. (If you haven’t already, add me on Goodreads, I want to see what you’re reading!)

Let me begin by saying that this book is an emotional roller coaster. And just because you think you know what’s going on, doesn’t mean you do. The plot twist at the end of part one caught me completely by surprise, as in totally blindsided – not only did I not see it coming, the option never even crossed my mind. I love love LOVE when that happens, but it doesn’t happen nearly often enough.

From that point, in part 2, the book takes a much more sinister turn. A dark, uncomfortable, I don’t want to be on this road alone at night bend that makes you consider certain characters and their actions in an entirely different light. I really had a hard time not giving spoilers away in this review, but I’d hate to rob other readers of that breathless, hit hard feeling. This is a debut novel by what promises to be a formidable author! Five stars!

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Mount Washington, NH ~ through the hiker’s lens

At 6,288 feet, Mount Washington is the highest mountain in the northeastern United States, and one of the 48 New Hampshire 4000 footers. Home to a weather observatory, a cog rail, and an auto road, it’s accessible to anyone in the area that wants to visit. For those who choose to hike to the summit, it’s an entirely different experience – one as beautiful as it is dangerous. The view as seen from the trail:

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