Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sunday Post #amreading #amjoy



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO September


This week I've been busy running through the rain drops.  Yes, lots of rain in Minnesota.  It wouldn't be all that
bad if I hadn't had strangers seeking shelter in my abandoned car.  Wait, what?! You ask yourselves.  Yes, this did happen, four individuals were sitting in my car as I came outside two days ago.  What were they doing in there?  You ask.  Who knows. But one of the guys had the audacity to ask me: Is anything Wrong?  Yes, you're in my car, I said.








CURRENTLY 

Reading: Letters by Kurt Vonnegut, Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller, Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk, So Far Away By Meg Mitchell Moore, Just Kids by Patti Smith, The World Goes on by Laszlo Kraznahorkai

Listening: Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama, The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf

Watching:  Nothing, too busy to watch anything right now.

ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Saturday:Weekend Warriors post


Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post


Friday, September 21, 2018

#8Sunday, Weekend Writing Warriors

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the website:Wewriwa.com and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.


No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome girl named Tracey enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this girl doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  These are snippets from my second novella in the series, "Oh Tracey."

Last week

I knew it was Tracey’s diary because on the back she scrawled in black marker her name.
Should I read it? Should I? I went back and forth wrestling with my conscience.  If I read it, I may be compelled to tell someone about it because it might be hard for me not to.  Then again, if I did read it, Tracey might find out and tell Mom and Dad.  I settled with the decision that yes I should read it, she could be in trouble. On the first page it read:
Readers beware.

This week

Reading this could mark the end for you.
I should have started from the front but I thought I would start with the very last entry and then page through it at random.

Dear Diary

I have yet to understand everything there is to know but I do believe grandma’s got a few things in her room she’d like give me when she meets her end of her life.

I paused after reading that because it must have been the saddest thing I ever read in my life.
I feel as though Grandma may want me to have these things because she was going through the house and pointing to items and telling me to write them down. She also asked if I’d want any of them.
She listed her grandma’s things in bold letters, like she had painstakingly went over each letter again and again. Back lit camera, Andrea Television, Pincor Power lawn mower, potato masher, nut chopper, Nikkio Rotary grinder. Ten pairs of slacks, one dress, several stockings.

 Dear Diary,
This ends the list of everything grandma wants to keep. I’ve been meaning to tell you that I’ve met an interesting group of people.
They shall remain nameless on account that someone may read this diary and I will be putting myself into jeopardy.

Readers, please comment below. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday post #amjoy #SundaySweet @ChioneQuintet


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEPTEMBER


This week I read the novel "Sourdough by Robin Sloan and loved it.  I mean it reminded me of books like: Eat, Love and Pray by Liz Gilbert and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman, and A Year of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg, just to name a few.  
There is something about eating and self discovery that is so addictive.
Of course there's always things to be grateful for.  I'm grateful this week that the weather is still nice in the Twin Cities, that I was able to buy a functioning car, that I have people to share my writing with and family all around.
Yesterday, I received a great treat while visiting the Dakota library. Twin Cities-based quintet was there and brought their woodwind instruments.  It was literally music to my ears as I sat down to read some books.

Readers, if you want to comment-do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, The House at the Edge of the Night by Catherine Banner

Listening: 

The Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda, Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn


Watching:  American Ninja Warriors



ON THE BLOG

Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 

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Sunday:Sunday Post


Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Eliza Gordon Interview @eliza_gordon #amreading #amjoy

Eliza Gordon is with us today.  Eliza  a writer, editor, mom/wife, and bibliophile. Eliza writes
light, fun-filled stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After; Jennifer Sommersby, her other self, writes YA and is repped by Victoria Doherty-Munro at Writers House.

Eliza, what inspired you to write Dear Dwayne, With Love?

Mmm, Dwayne Johnson, of course! LOL … no, seriously, though, I’d have to say that the book was born after my own experiences with trying to get my butt in gear. Because my job is rather sedentary and I’m not an outdoorsy adventurous type (a travesty considering I live in a beautiful province where outdoorsy adventure is just outside my door!), I developed Baker’s cysts behind my knees. They’re annoying and can make working long hours rather uncomfortable, so my doctor said the best way to treat them was to GET ACTIVE. For Mother’s Day 2015, my kids and husband bought me three sessions with a personal trainer—yes, this was a welcome gift!—and I hit the gym. I still work with my awesome trainer, Shelly, now three years later, whenever my workout routine needs refreshing. (Plus she’s become a dear friend, so it’s nice to have an inspiring, positive cheerleader in your corner.) For folks getting into exercise for the first time or after a long time away, I can’t recommend enough the importance of hiring someone who knows that they’re doing. Prevent injury! Save your knees!

During the subsequent year to 18 months, Shelly and I worked together regularly, and I began to see major changes in my fitness profile.
Every time I would add more weight to a lift or master a new skill, I would joke that I should tweet my buddy Dwayne Johnson and let him know how awesome I’m doing. 

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That’s how the idea for the book was born. If Dwayne inspires me to work harder and not give up when I’m wanting to curl up and take a nap on the gym mats, then maybe he would be able to provide the same inspiration for others via Dear Dwayne, With Love. With a little help from Dani and Miraculously Beautiful Marco, of course.


If you could live as a character in any one of your novels for a day, which one would it be and why?
I’d spend a day as Dani because hanging out with Marco would be awesome. OR I would wait until it was race day and then I could see Dwayne Johnson in real life! Ahhhh! I’d faint! Otherwise—I’d be Hollie Porter. She lives on a gorgeous island off the coast of British Columbia and teaches kids about otters and sea life, and her hunk of a man, Concierge Ryan … yeah, I could spend some time as Hollie, I think. *wink*

Did you research Dwayne Johnson so that your fictional character could be close to the real Dwayne?

I did a TON of research on Dwayne. I even watched wrestling for the first time—spent lots of time on YouTube and on the wrestling wikis online getting the tiniest details right. I watched every film he’s done, including the most recent, Skyscraper; I read every book I could find on him, and there are a surprising number in the kids’ department at the bookstore (LOL). I watched Ballers, his HBO show, as well as every interview I could find with him (the Oprah Master Class interview is terrific, as is every film junket setup with Kevin Hart, and oh, the Under Armour stuff—he’s their spokesperson—I’ve spent a lot of money on Under Armour in the last few years as a result). I regularly purchase the fitness magazines that profile him and talk about his workout routine; I follow him on all social media platforms, though he’s definitely best on Instagram; and I follow what he’s doing via IMDB Pro.

I’m pretty intense when it comes to research, but I draw the line at prying into his family life. I made sure that I included information that was available via public channels, i.e., I didn’t go past the line that would otherwise be considered appropriate. Even a public figure needs privacy.

Bottom line, though, I just didn’t want to get him wrong. Readers would certainly let me know if I did! We had to get permission from his legal team to use him in the book, so I needed to make sure that the details were completely accurate and not at all disparaging. I think I got his voice down—at least that’s what readers have told me. I would love to meet him in real life one day—he was up here in BC filming Skyscraper last year and a lot of people stalked the set to see if they could get a hello, but I was chicken. Actors and crew are there to work, and they don’t need me hanging around for a photo op. I am still sorta kicking myself about that …


Recently I’ve been struggling with writer’s block. What strategies do you use to help with writer’s block?

Writer’s block sucks. Like so many things in life, the only way through it is through it. When I’m stuck, I spend time reading and watching movies to give my brain a chance to rest. I will also start writing something else—something as simple as a letter to a friend—just to take the pressure off. Take up a different form of art completely—drawing, sculpting, or even painting those silly plaster Christmas ornaments the craft stores sell every year. Or, go to the gym! Get outside! Get some fresh air and let your brain have a moment to resituate itself to the writing task at hand.



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Another approach that sometimes works is skipping to a different part of the story and trying to come in through a back door where you’re not feeling the pressure to get that next scene perfect. Or start writing something completely new! Sometimes our internal editor is blocking us from putting new words on the page because there is something fundamentally out of place with the current story, whether it be weak characters or shoddy structure or a flimsy plot. Sometimes a block can happen when your subconscious is trying to tell you, “Hey, this isn’t working. Take a step back for a second.” As hokey as that sounds, I truly believe it, and a little distance can bring clarity.


Last question Eliza, have you given any thought to writing a series?


You know, I have. I’d love to write a series along the lines of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series—something where the characters are well loved by readers and the comedy is terrific. I don’t have a lot of experience with writing series, though my young adult novel, Sleight, which came out in April under my real name, is a duology (two books), and I’m currently revising the sequel (comes out fall 2019). It’s a ton of work because it’s a huge story, but for the Eliza Gordon books, a series could be fun.


Must Love Otters wasn’t supposed to be a series, but people asked for a sequel, so I wrote Hollie Porter Builds a Raft. Folks have asked for a third book, but since Raft came out in 2015, I think there are just too many years in between books to make it work. I’m currently toying with a spin-off to Must Love Otters with a new character as well as early plotting for a series about an undercover journalist whose personal life is a gong show. We’ll see if I can pull it off. I have three other Eliza books in the early stages, but they’re all standalones, so it’ll be a real feat if I can write a series and actually make it work. I have mad respect for writers who can write five, ten, or more books in a single story vein. Impressive!




Saturday, September 8, 2018

#8Sunday, Weekend Writing Warriors

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the website:Wewriwa.com and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.


No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome girl named Tracey enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this girl doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  These are snippets from my second novella in the series, "Oh Tracey."

Last Week

She wiped at her face and picked up another energy drink from the floor before sitting on the couch across from me with a huff.
“You okay?” I asked.
“Fine,” she said.
I turned to look at the program on TV. A rerun of ‘Full House.’ Michelle Tanner was running in the room and saying, ‘You got to come here. You got to come here,’ and of course everyone came running: the dad, who was a widower, the uncles who strangely lived with the Tanners, and the sister.
I went upstairs to my room and saw Tracey’s diary on her bed. The cover was filled with about a hundred flowers connected to each other with vines and leaves. It had a wax seal finish that made it look shiny and on the side a six inch magnetic strip that helped clasp it close.

This week

I knew it was Tracey’s diary because on the back she scrawled in black marker her name.
Should I read it? Should I? I went back and forth wrestling with my conscience.  If I read it, I may be compelled to tell someone about it because it might be hard for me not to.  Then again, if I did read it, Tracey might find out and tell Mom and Dad.  I settled with the decision that yes I should read it, she could be in trouble. On the first page it read:
Readers beware.

Readers, please comment below. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Sunday post, #amreading, #amjoy


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO september

Lots happened this week.  I joined a new writer's critique group in the Twin Cities.  It's been fantastic so far.  If there's any advice that I could give to a young writer, it's to be vulnerable and share your work.  When I think of some of the biggest artist out there:The Rock:Dwayne Johnson and great comedians like Gabriela Marquez and Kevin Hart-they got to where they are because they shared their work.  



Readers, if you want to comment-do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading:  The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes, The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner, Problems by Jade Sharma, Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, The Hurricane Season by Lauren K Denton, Dangerous Girls By Abigail Haas

Listening: 

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn, The lost Heir, American Gods by Neil Gaiman,


Watching:  American Ninja Warriors



ON THE BLOG

Up Coming:
Tuesday:Interview with author Eliza Gordon (Here's a blurb about her newest novel: Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol. (Dwayne Johnson) He’s the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be—and not so impossible a dream as one might think.

Saturday:Weekend Warriors 

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Sunday:Sunday Post


Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

#8Sunday, Weekend Writing Warriors #8sunday_writers

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the website:Wewriwa.com and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.


No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome girl named Tracey enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this girl doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  These are snippets from my second novella in the series, "Oh Tracey."

Last week
You’d think by the fourth hello that she’d get the fact that the caller hung up.
I gathered that Tracey came from a complicated family after reading a file that my mother, Roseann, mistakenly left on the counter. Her grandmother raised her after her mother was sought as an unfit parent. Her mother was still in and out of her life. Surely, Tracey’s grandmother must have came from a generation that didn’t use phones as a weapon to verbally abuse people. I take that back, her grandmother probably didn’t even have a phone when she was Tracey’s age.
Tracey got up and climbed up the stairs to the attic.  She came back down and walked over to where her charger was plugged into the wall, unplugged it, she tossed it into her huge burlap sack with a few other cords, hanging over the side like hanging vines from a potted plant. I nodded at her from my place at the couch.

This Week

She wiped at her face and picked up another energy drink from the floor before sitting on the couch across from me with a huff.
“You okay?” I asked.
“Fine,” she said.
I turned to look at the program on TV. A rerun of ‘Full House.’ Michelle Tanner was running in the room and saying, ‘You got to come here. You got to come here,’ and of course everyone came running: the dad, who was a widower, the uncles who strangely lived with the Tanners, and the sister.
I went upstairs to my room and saw Tracey’s diary on her bed. The cover was filled with about a hundred flowers connected to each other with vines and leaves. It had a wax seal finish that made it look shiny and on the side a six inch magnetic strip that helped clasp it close.


Readers, please comment below. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sunday Post @caffeinatedbookreviewer #amreading #amjoy




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO AUGUST


Clicking off my to do list this week. I posted some flash fiction to youtube and started plotting my novels in progress. I got inspired after listening to how Tesla's, Elon Musk works an average 80 hours a week and has his office purposefully near the work floor so everyone can see him.
Readers what inspired you to work harder? Or what goals have you made recently?



Readers, please comment at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading:  Intermission by Elyssa Friedland, I have lost my Way, by Gayle Forman, Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward, Dear Mr. Knightley By Katherine Reay, See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Listening:  "I'll be Gone in the Dark" (Podcast) The story behind the publication of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by Michelle McNamara, a masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer

Sing unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward,

 https://www.podbean.com/media/share/dir-dy6qd-3bf049c


Watching: Inside Man (with Denzel Washington, based on a bank robbery) Drop the Mic Shaquille O'neal vs comedian, Ken Jeong see link below



ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Went to Wisconsin Dells

Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post


Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Sunday Post #amreading #amjoy @caffienatedbookreviewer



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO AUGUST

Not a whole lot happened this week. I went to Taylor Falls and went to Wild Mountain.



Readers, if you want to comment on where you discover books please do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading:  The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowry, After by Anna Todd, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson, I love Dick by Chris Kraus,  If on a winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher, The Bedlam Stacks (Magical Realism) by Natasha Fisher, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street , also by Natasha Fisher.  

Listening: The One and Only by Emily Giffin , Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward


Watching: Marchella (Uk thriller on Netflix) The Wave (a Norwegian movie)



ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Not a whole lot

Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post


Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

Weekend writing Warriors #amreading #amjoy #8sunday

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the weekly hop for everyone who loves to write!  Sign up on the website:Wewriwa.com and share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday.


No one likes it when their family life changes.  This is particularly hard for the Radtke's.  A troublesome girl named Tracey enters their lives and the children are an endless journey to make sure this girl doesn't get into any further trouble or cause their parents to lose their fostering license.  These are snippets from my second novella in the series, "Oh Tracey."

This week
You’d think by the fourth hello that she’d get the fact that the caller hung up.
I gathered that Tracey came from a complicated family after reading a file that my mother, Roseann, mistakenly left on the counter. Her grandmother raised her after her mother was sought as an unfit parent. Her mother was still in and out of her life. Surely, Tracey’s grandmother must have came from a generation that didn’t use phones as a weapon to verbally abuse people. I take that back, her grandmother probably didn’t even have a phone when she was Tracey’s age.
Tracey got up and climbed up the stairs to the attic.  She came back down and walked over to where her charger was plugged into the wall, unplugged it, she tossed it into her huge burlap sack with a few other cords, hanging over the side like hanging vines from a potted plant. I nodded at her from my place at the couch.


Readers, please comment below. 

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Sunday Post #amreading #amjoy @caffienatedbookreviewer


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things  received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

LOOKING FORWARD TO August

So I came across this booktuber who was talking about Book Discovery so I decided to talk about where I find the books I read. I discover books on Goodreads, on the NY Times bestseller list. I read books that my friends are reading. I have a friend in Ohio and we often Buddy Read. You'll be surprised how many people do not read and if they do, they only read things like the newspaper or some blurb on facebook. I wanted to also mention that a lot of the books I discover are on Youtube.
These are some of my favorite booktubers
Bookables
BooksandLala
All d books (reviews a lot of literary works, like books on the Booker Prize list)
PolyReader( reviews a lot of Australian books)
Eric Carl Anderson (literary works and more)
Rincey Reads (reviews a lot of Diverse Works)
Tech Wiser ( Gives a lot of tips about how to read ebooks and where to find them)
Kendra Winchester (gave me the inspiration to write this post on Book Discovery)
Literary Prints (Recommends a lot of Japanese novels)
Heffa (Very Down to Earth when she reviews  books)
Alex’s Fiction Addiction (Gives a lot of British and European thriller recommendations
Books and Pieces (Gives a lot of British thriller Recs)
Read by Jess (One of the funniest Book reviewers)
Wilde Reads (If you're in the mood for serious book reviews)
Ariel Bissett (Young Leader in booktube, reviews books across every genre)

So this is my list if you’re interested, check these Reviewers out, you won’t be disappointed.



Readers, if you want to comment on where you discover books please do so at the bottom of this post.


CURRENTLY

Reading:  Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall, Final Girls by Riley Sager, Emma in the Night by Wendy Park, Creative Quest (nonfiction), Try Not to Breathe, by Holly Seddon,

Listening: Hagseed by Margaret Atwood (somewhat similar to Shawshank Redemption)

Watching:  The Four (Voice competition) so glad that My fav British R&B singer James Graham pulled through.



ON THE BLOG

What Happened:

Not a whole lot

Up Coming:
Saturday:Weekend Warriors 
Sunday:Sunday Post


Readers if you want to comment, please do so below.

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