Product of BOOKS!

“I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.” –C.S. LEWIS 
 
My dad got me hooked to books–reading to me most nights, always doing the voices! I learned to read early–before I entered Kindergarten–and haven’t stopped. I’ve read thousands of books. Some good, bad, ugly…some GREAT and life-changing. 
 
In fiction:
 
  • I love EVERYTHING by Jane Austen–the quirky people and dialogue and actions have really influenced my fiction writing. I love snappy, quick, dialogue. Zinger!
  • Love YA fantasy. (Favorite authors include: Brodi Ashton, Marissa Meyer, Robin LaFevers, Jenny B. Jones, Kasie West…)
  •  Terry Brooks and the Shannara series (which is one of the first books I remember my dad reading to me), Chronicles of Narnia, and Lord of the Rings have influenced my love of fantasy.

So, which book or books are you a product of?

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Tuesday @ WC

Day 2. Today has been a day of laughter and coffee. I find myself saying the randomest things when I get around other writers–well, more random than usual. Conversations get started, and randomness just pours out of my mouth. Apparently I said something VERY smart before my first cup of coffee today–and I was quoted from the stage! I love the freedom of speech, and the freedom from/lack of the “you’re CRAZY” looks that WC’s provide. Thanks everyone for letting me take off my mask and be real!

My quote of the day: “Writers don’t let writers write alone! (or without coffee!)

Today was also a day of heavy encouragement to PERSEVERE! You have to keep running, keep writing, keep editing, keep learning, keep networking–and everything along the journey is adding to your “toolbox” for the future. Who knows where you’ll eventually end up? What an exciting journey!

THINGS LEARNED TODAY:

     -Anything you set yourself to do, you can do. Anything you choose to do, you can do! 

     -Get back to the basics of writing at least once every month. Read a book on writing–do writing exercises–build up that joy and love that you had as a new writer–don’t let your writing grow “cold.”

     -Guys don’t know color names . . . (took a class on how to write male POV… 🙂 ) 

     -Got to hear TORRY MARTIN share his story tonight. He is such an inspiration to PERSEVERE!