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Interesting Thoughts for the Day, Courtesy of Dean Koontz

I’m reading Ashley Bell – excellent story, if you haven’t read it and like twisty, eerie, weird mysteries that are so intricately interwound you can’t tell one end from another, then this is one to pick up… It has fabulous characters, full of spit and vinegar and evil and mercy and confusing overlapping backstories. It also has Koontz’s trademark way with description, and odd, seemingly throw-away, moments that brilliantly encapsulate some otherwise obtuse element of the human condition. I’ve loved him since his early works (Lightning is still one of my all-time favorites), and am pleased as punch to note that he hasn’t lost any of his magic over the years… These are two such gems.

“She would have been a better woman and teacher if someone had been there to shoot her every morning of her life” (which is itself a better-worded paraphrase of Flannery O’Connor’s “‘She would of been a good woman,’ The Misfit said, ‘if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.'”)


Once you bought into valor, it was your residence forever; you could neither sell it like a house nor remodel it into something less grand, and if the day came when you refused to live there anymore, you would also be unable to live any longer with yourself.

VERY different feel, obviously, but equally profound and unusual and utterly Koontz!

Jill Elizabeth

For Those Who’d Rather Die Than Read (teehee) (In Revival – Pun Intended)

[This post originally appeared on April 5, 2012. If you wonder why it’s back, visit here. I used to do Top Ten lists as a regular feature; not sure why I haven’t picked it back up, really. Should I?]

Ah, I slay me.  Oh wait, actually, these authors will (sort of).  You see, today’s list is all about life, death, after-life, other-life, immortality, and/or divinity.

I’m so punny.

Seriously though, there are a lot of really great and interesting stories out there about death/after-life in all its possible (re)incarnations (teehee, I’m sorry, I will stop soon, I swear, it’s just so easy I can’t help myself!).  I suppose there is good reason for this – the whole “what comes next” thing is one of the (if not the) great mysteries of the universe, after all.  And since no one here knows, everyone can imagine or theorize anything they please and every idea has an equal opportunity to be possible or true.  It’s like a smorgasbord for authors…
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Today I Think We Shall Have Some Photo Poetry (Again)

[This one originally appeared on August 9, 2012. If you want to know why it chose today to reappear, visit here. Or you can just read it – for the first time, for real or pretend..]

Okay, I confess, I have no idea what to write about today.  I am scheduling this in advance, as I am on the honeymoon (which I already mentioned – check back a couple of days, I can’t give you a link remotely!), and I am battling a cold and I am simply not feeling terrifically idea-full.  I have pages of suggestions of writing exercises and topics, but none of them are calling my name in a voice that refuses to be ignored, so I’m going off the reservation on a light-hearted bit o’ fun instead of doing something serious.

I have decided to take some of the pictures that The Husband has taken (he’s a fabulous photographer with his own website business with his dad, by the way, check it out!) and use them to write some poems.  Poetry is unlikely to ever be a publishing thing for me, but I find it fun and easy and a good way to practice writing within strict (usually stripped-down linguistic) parameters.  So I hope you enjoy these – and even if you don’t like the poems, well, the pictures are cool!  😉
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Guest Post – On the Challenges of Writing an Adult Book from a Child’s Point of View by Sonia Korn-Grimani (Redux)

[This post originally presented itself on October 9, 2012. If you wonder why it’s reappeared, visit here.]

At the age of eight, little Sonia Korn is declared an enemy of the German State. She and her family are given a grim option; either find a way to disappear, or be rounded up and sent to certain death. After a perilous escape to the Belgian border, and becoming caught in the chaos and carnage of war-torn France and Belgium, Sonia finds that she must give up everything she knows and loves just to survive. This is the complex true story of one girl, who rises from war’s ashes to sing the songs of hope and love world-wide. A heart-wrenching and poignant memoir, by internationally renowned singer Sonia Korn-Grimani.

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Book Review: Visit Sunny Chernobyl (Again)

[This post originally presented itself on August 2, 2012. If you wonder why it’s currently in revival, visit here.]

Do I have a treat for you: a travelogue of a kind I can guarantee you haven’t experienced before and will not find published by Michelin or Fodor’s.  My review copy of Visit Sunny Chernobyl was provided courtesy of, which also hosted the original (shorter) post of this book review on July 1, 2012 (available here).
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