Monday, July 21, 2014

“Yeah, I Said It!”

My heading was actually used before. It was the title of Wanda Sykes book, ‘Yeah, I Said It,’ which sets the tone for this post inspired by a blog post I recently came across over at Fi Phillips Magical Writing Haven… What kind of book covers do you like?

The comment I wanted to leave on Fi’s blog was too long, but her post was so darn inspiring I had to write one of my own.

I really liked the way Fi approached the topic; blogging on book covers she liked. I, in fact, enjoy reading Fi’s blog. It’s one of the more uplifting blogs. She frequently puts a positive spin on what she writes, and that I just love. I can’t get enough of those who see glasses as half full.

And so now here I go, perhaps another reason I shunned adding my comment. I just try so darn hard to see glasses as half full, but if it’s not for being often, then it has to be I’m one of the very ones who see glasses as half empty...too frequently!

All to say, that caption I pulled together are book cover images that grabbed me. I like book covers that are DIFFERENT... QUIRKY... PLAIN... book covers that when I walk by, I darn near get whiplash whipping around for that second take. That’s what happened when I breezed by Wanda Sykes’ book, and I’m Down by Mishna Wolff. Those are two books I snatched up right quick, solely on account of the title... and cover image.

Except then, here comes a BIG peeve of mines.

Number One. I’m old-school. I’m very familiar with those books that just about read: The Book by the Author. Apparently there are still traditional publishers following that old-school mold. See the non-fiction titles I’ve captioned, which brings me to my number two peeve.

The whole point of reading is to read a great book, a dynamite story that’s going to encourage me to want to read another book. If I get tricked into reading a book based on an extra flashy splashy cover, and then open the book to find a story that doesn’t speak to any of my moods…and I do have many, then I might get jaded and dissuaded from reading another book.  Already I must confess, I’m biased against buying books with photographs on the cover, unless OF COURSE, it’s a memoir.

So I agree and then disagree with the preoccupation put into designing covers. However a reader might see the covers I’ve captioned, I can say one thing about the story… It was really, really good! …And oh! These were some of the books I’ve purchased in part based on the cover.

Yeah, I said it!

Friday, July 18, 2014

YA Novel Released! Deanne in the Middle by DuEwa Frazier

Hot off the press, it’s here... DuEwa Frazier’s latest book. YA novel Deanne in the Middle was published July 3, 2014. I recalled hearing mention of the book a little piece back, and like always when I hear mention of a WIP (work in progress) being published, I smile all kinds of wide. Any author who has turned a WIP into a finished product knows exactly the feeling I’m imparting here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Confession Time: My Writing Rituals

Despite anything I’ve ever written or said about my personal writing experience, this here is the up-to-date truth. FYI: Occasionally writers should insert this admission, or confession... take your pick, because there is one aspect of writing that remains constant. It is a fickle, sometimey beast. It’s one profession that can turn your words against you, and give you a real good spanking; incidentally, the primary reason I enjoy playing around with words. I really don’t want to get caught up in taking myself too seriously. Sometimes I have to push back from the screen and kind of turn my head sideways.

At any rate, I promised to share some of what I’m working on, and how I spell success.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Books I’ve Lived Vicariously Through

Aside from some of my own books; Pleasure and the Rhapsody Series in particular, and nearly every other book I’ve ‘thus far’ written, there are other books where once I lent one eyeball over to that first, second or third chapter, the story took over me... and that was the near end of it! I became them, and they became me.

Insertion here: to cover both my earlier mention about sharing a progress report on what I’m working on... and to cover that estranged ‘thus far’, what I'm confessing is that some stories include a magnetic pull that stays with us. In other words, this isn’t about a good or so-so book. And this has little to do with writing style and whether or not the story will affect another reader in a similar or dissimilar way. For instance, every title listed among my favorites I remember with great recall. Yet, there are some stories that when I recall them, I fondly think back recalling parts of me inside the story as well. Here's a list of a few, annotated and all...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Top 10 Best Times to Read a Book

Moving a few preliminaries aside first, I primarily read for pleasure. I am not a how-to self-help type reader. I do not read to find out how to save my marriage, or how to make a million dollars, or how to learn how to comb my hair, clip my toenails, or build a utopia. I don’t even read cookbooks. Holiday dinners I’ve pulled off, was all made from scratch, based on watching and learning from others.

I shared that tidbit because finding a ‘good’ book to read is as key to reading as knowing the best times to read. Reading books where you’re looking to learn a particular ‘how-to’ can be read anywhere, any time, or more specifically, at the time the information is needed. This list however, is based on reading for relax, unwind, be inspired, uplifted, motivated, or generally to feel better.