Although lately I seem to be buried under my TBR (to be read) pile, that is one of life’s problems I will gladly take. Especially if it means I get to make more friends!
One of my favorite stories of hers, however, is not a YA (gasp!) it is actually an ADULT Fantasy series, but it is absolutely AMAZING. Here’s why:
But, since I am in the Dhabiland desert and not the Arizona desert, First Friday now means: Author Radar.
Well, I had to keep the culture going, after all 😉
I’m planning work on my sequel to Alice in Wanderland, but I also have a SciFi retelling that I’m playing around with too.
So far though, writing SciFi is HARD. I mean, I love Science Fiction movies and I am all about the genre, but HOLY MOLY, zombies are much easier for me to work with. HOWEVER Peter’s story must be told. So I must research. My November #RDGWL?
Sometimes in the busyness of all my ‘writerly’ duties, I forget the most basic rule.
If you want to be a good writer, you also need to be a good reader. Consider it research. I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bad reader lately, but this month, I told myself I was going to pick up my ‘studies’ again. And I’m so glad I did.
First, I want to introduce you to is quite possibly my favorite book of ALL TIME. It was the first book that I chose on my very own. I remember walking through the teacher supply store with my mother (what can I say? Education runs in the family.) and looking at the rows and rows of books. I picked one up that sounded like a fairy tale and brought it to my mom with puppy dog eyes pleading if I could please get it. She said yes, and soon I was in the car, book in hand and totally hooked.
It’s that time again! I have been scouring my connections and found another author of note to share with you.
She is an accomplished author, teacher, and an AMAZING critique partner. Definitely the kind of lady you want to know.
Once I got the news that Alice was going to be published in 2017, one of the first things I wanted to do was to figure out where my competition would be.
As a retelling, Alice already has some big contenders- Sisters Red, The Lunar Chronicles, and Beastly, to name a few, but I wanted to focus on the stories that revisit Wonderland to see where MY Alice will sit in the world. That being said, my #RDGWL theme for this month is:
- Sometimes, you learn something new about yourself that you hadn’t understood before. Maybe, after reading, you will have found a new interest that you had no idea about, or perhaps you found a different perspective on an aspect of life that you hadn’t known you needed. Other times, you will put the last book of a series down and feel like you have just lost a good friend.
- Books are powerful. They teach us things in a way that no school, or teacher, or even parent can. They nurture empathy by literally putting you into another character’s shoes while you experience what is happening in their world. They bolster critical thinking as your mind follows the plot and makes guesses as to what will happen next.
- Books encourage problem solving as you try and think of ways their characters can resolve their conflicts. They expose you to diversity that you may not see in your day to day life, and expand your understanding of the world around you. Books help you celebrate, laugh, cry, cheer, fight injustice, love, hate, lose, and win.
To me, books are so much more than just a simple story or an entertaining pastime. They are doorways to adventure, learning, and self-discovery. A good book will not let you put it down without changing you in some way. It doesn’t have to be huge, but once you turn the last page, your life will have forever been altered. Just by reading it.
That is why books are magical.
That is what I hope to create.