This is a book I'm going to have to read again and again. It is chock-full of ideas both light and serious in the art of writing.
As some of you mightThis is a book I'm going to have to read again and again. It is chock-full of ideas both light and serious in the art of writing.
As some of you might know I'm attempting to do JuNoWriMo. I hadn't planned on doing this but it been a while since I put out the effort for NaNoWriMo and I missed writing like that. Like what? You may ask. Like a crazy idiot who'd just vomits words. When ideas fly around your head and make you crazy. When plot-bunnies plot to kill you. Yeah, I'm not sure why I'm doing it either. And with two days of thunderstorms where the electricity goes out, I'm two days behind now. But I think I could make up two days.
I did one novel where I outlined the socks out of it long before I started writing in November. That book turned out to be the very best book I've written so far. So as much as I enjoy the creativity of seat-of-your-pants writing I like to have a bit of a plan as I go into it. Then if some crazy ideas take hold of me I know how to find my way back to the plan.
Tara Maya's 30 Day Novel works using outlines and storyboards and other great ideas. Some of these ideas I have tried before and they didn't work quite so well as I would've wanted. But she spells out the process in a way that I can understand and I may institute some of these ideas in my plans, maybe for November's novel. It's kind of too late for this one. Although if I get too far behind for JuNoWriMo, I may institute some of these ideas for Camp Nano in July.
This is a quick read and the author keeps it moving along. I highly recommend it to all writers to glean what they can from it....more
Over a decade ago, I met an online friend that would change or at least, modify my life. I met Judith on LiveJournal, you remember that old site, bettOver a decade ago, I met an online friend that would change or at least, modify my life. I met Judith on LiveJournal, you remember that old site, better than MySpace but not quite as social as FaceBook. Judith was chatting in her journal about Chris Baty and the NaNoWriMo scene (Which resulted in my first novel being written between the Ides of March and the Ides of April. I didn't finish the novel then as we had to move to a new city and I just couldn't stay with it. But I added more than enough wordage to that novel in November 2002 to "win". (First of 10 or 11 novels since.)
The other thing Judith introduced me to was BookCrossing.com. The concept that grabbed me with BC was how my read book could be recycled to others and then the new reader and the old could discuss this story. The book could travel even when I couldn't, so it felt like a message in a bottle thrown out to sea. It is fun to see where your book could end up and the friendships that develop over said book. I still belong but since my eyes aren't what they used to be, I am happy for the invention of Kindle and other e-readers. So I release far fewer books nowadays.
Besides Judith, what do the above paragraphs have in common, and what do they have to do with 'A Tale for the Time Being'? The art of writing and the art of reading. Both concepts play strong in this story. Rather than a message in a bottle, this message floats ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox in layers of freezer bags. The writer was in Tokyo, the reader/finder in Canada. Years separate the two. Yet a bond is formed. Oh, yeah, Judith read and reviewed this and hooked me in. I think she didn't like the Zen parts of the book. I found that part delightful. I have to admit that most of the book is believable whereas the Zen bits are a little more 'magical'. But the title twinkles with that magic. If you read it right.
Anyway, I HIGHLY recommend this book. I actually read it one and a third times. I borrowed the Kindle version from the library. Between reading it on my Kindle app on my Tablet and listening on my old Kindle text-to-speech, I managed to get to about 36% in. Then I found that my library also had the OverDrive version. So I restarted reading the book with the author's voice. That pumped up my ratings for this wonderful tale. Each layer of depth into the story has its own built-in amazements. Level one, tree book, and the Kindle version, there are many footnotes and definitions to help with a deeper understanding of that time in history or that country, language. But the narration includes minor helps. Hearing a voice say the Japanese names or words adds to the believability of the whole story. Ms. Ruth Ozeki has an impeccable voice and narration, her variations of voices for each character supreme! I enjoyed rereading the first third with her help. I felt I gained deeper understanding just by hearing her. Please, if you get the chance to pair both versions, go for it!
By the way, I want to thank Jonelle Patrick and her Mysteries and website: http://jonellepatrick.me/ for introducing me to many contemporary Japanese subjects presented in A Tale for the Time Being. At least I was forewarned....more
What a quick easy book to read! I came away with a lot of little nuggets that will be quite handy as of midnight tomorrow night. I have been sitting oWhat a quick easy book to read! I came away with a lot of little nuggets that will be quite handy as of midnight tomorrow night. I have been sitting on an idea I started on during Camp NaNo. I managed about 19K but a whole lot of the story has resided in my head. Ms. Aaron's book helped me feel there is hope for this little book. So, NaNoWriMo here I come, ready or not!
I am not sure that even with my Dragon Naturally Speaking I will be able to get that kind of word count the title implies but I will say that prep work before starting a book and daily prep work will help me get a better, faster, tighter story.
Now, on to editing. I had hoped for more. The author uses her own books to demonstrate what works and how to edit, but if you have never read her books it leaves one flat. Actually, that can be said of the writing faster part of the book, too. I would have loved to have a clickable link to charts or spreadsheets to aid the readers and other, commonly read novels as examples.
I started this in October and noticed that it was supposed to be read day-by-day throughout November. That kind of threw me off. AND if it had been myI started this in October and noticed that it was supposed to be read day-by-day throughout November. That kind of threw me off. AND if it had been my first time doing a NaNoWriMo I think the first few days worth would have discouraged me from writing. Later into the book it gets more empowering with a few insights I hadn't thought of before. It was worth the read....more
This book was short but pack with a lot of reminders about editing. Probably not the best book to read during NaNoWriMo but I took notes so I'll be abThis book was short but pack with a lot of reminders about editing. Probably not the best book to read during NaNoWriMo but I took notes so I'll be able to edit all my novels later. :-D...more
I picked up this Kindle book for free. I was interested in starting my blog on WordPress. I was unhappy to see that most of the book was dedicated toI picked up this Kindle book for free. I was interested in starting my blog on WordPress. I was unhappy to see that most of the book was dedicated to making money online and creating your own website. That isn't what I wanted. Even so in my run-through read using text-to-speech I can see that it may come in handy later. I will keep it in my Kindle and refer to it when I do decide to do more about my own blog. ...more
Well, this is worth another three or four reads. It is full of all kinds of information... the words plethora and cornucopia come to mind. I borrowedWell, this is worth another three or four reads. It is full of all kinds of information... the words plethora and cornucopia come to mind. I borrowed this copy (Kindle) from the library but I know I will go and buy it now from Amazon so I can have access to it at all times.
A book, fiction or non-fiction should leave you feeling inspired. Most of the time non-fiction leaves me feeling tired. Fiction is where I find energy. But in this case, this non-fiction struck all my buttons and I can't wait to get started on the ideas Mr. Guillebeau has instilled in me. Now I know what I want to do with tomorrow... and a few tomorrows after that! That's more than most books or inspirational speakers have ever done for me.
Without delay I am off to buy the book and favorite Chris Guillebeau's website.
Like Rachel Maddow and Jon Steward? Read/listen to Lizz Free or Die to find out how they all relate.
I remember seeing Lizz on Rachel's show and on MeLike Rachel Maddow and Jon Steward? Read/listen to Lizz Free or Die to find out how they all relate.
I remember seeing Lizz on Rachel's show and on Melissa Harris-Perry when she was promoting her book. But I remember seeing her stand up for feminism and abortion and rights for everyone. I loved her point of view. I couldn't wait to read her book. Sadly, now I am finished. I hope she decides to write more. It was fun, bittersweet, sad, maddening, and back around to laugh out loud. Um, not so great to read when your partner is asleep next to you. The LOL moments got me in trouble a few times.
This book is written in essays. Sort of in chronological order, but not. I like that it strays as her mind does which fits perfectly with mine. I wish I would have had a book like this as I was a teen or early twenties. Following her own path made her the strong wonderful person she is today.
This book was an easy read. I took copious notes so that when I get ready to outline November's NaNoWriMo I will be able to follow through. Though a lThis book was an easy read. I took copious notes so that when I get ready to outline November's NaNoWriMo I will be able to follow through. Though a lot of it feels like other books I have read on the subject, Holly Lisle's personality shows through.
Ms. Lisle left plenty of examples off the top of her head. Because instruction given in other books don't have examples, I find when I try what they present, it turns out to be quite a mess. Needless to say, I will not delete the book. I want it to be easy to refer back to in the next couple months....more