November 2009 archive

Looking After Pigeon – Book Review

Marriages break up, I wanted to shout. Fathers can abandon their children, children can be left alone. There is  nothing in the vow that is sacred. There is no security – we are each of us alone. – from Looking After Pigeon, page 180 – Pigeon is five years old – the youngest of three …

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Mailbox Monday – November 9, 2009

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday hosted weekly by Marcia at The Printed Page. This event encourages bloggers to post about the books which arrived in their mailboxes in the last week. I have been requesting and accepting fewer books lately, but this week I got some pretty incredible books to read. Roses, by …

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Sunday Salon – November 8, 2009

November 8, 2009 Good morning to all of you. Today it is chilly, but sunny here in Northern California – and I am eager to go outside and enjoy the weather at some point. But right now I’m enjoying a fire in the woodstove and cuddling with the animals as I write. I have had …

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A Modern Take on Traditional

I have been hooked on Crystal’s terrific blog Modify Tradition – a quilting blog dedicated to modern quilting. She is challenging other quilters to turn tradition on its head with their quilting (you can see examples of this on Crystals Flickr group for this challenge). In about two weeks I am taking a class to …

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Authors: On Writing

I am always interested in what authors have to say about HOW they write and the craft of writing a novel. I found some interesting videos on You Tube which I hope you’ll enjoy! John Irving: On Writing Joyce Carol Oates: On Writing Characters Stephen King: How You Know When You are a Writer Chimamanda …

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The Art of Racing in the Rain – Book Review

I’ve always felt almost human. I’ve always known that there’s something about me that’s different than other dogs. Sure, I’m stuffed into a dog’s body, but that’s just the shell. It’s what’s inside that’s important. The soul. And my soul is very human. – from The Art of Racing in the Rain, page 3 – …

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Last Night in Twisted River – Book Review

The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long. For a frozen moment, his feet had stopped moving on the floating logs in the basin above the river bend; he’d slipped entirely underwater before anyone could grab his outstretched hand. One of the loggers had reached for the youth’s …

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Sunday Salon – November 1, 2009

November 1, 2009 Good morning to all my fellow readers and bloggers. I hope you are enjoying this fall weekend…and you weren’t overly frightened by any of the little spooks wandering around your neighborhoods last night! We only had four kids…yup, just four. I guess Kip and I will have to eat all the left …

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