Sunday, December 14, 2014

For Laura



Some people are enchanted. You just know this about them by following their blogs, reading their stories, looking at their selfies. Laura is enchanted, a fairy-like person with a heart of magic. As the year comes to a close, I am looking at the people, places, and things I am grateful for. Laura is one of the beautiful people who makes my life richer.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hallelujah, sung by the late Jeff Buckley



Jeff Buckley was a great talent. He died in downtown Memphis when he went swimming in a channel of the Mississippi River. I don't know how anyone ever let him do that or how he thought he could do that, but it's said that he had done it before and thought the channel safe. Such a tragedy. He sure could sing and I think this is a good song to play around the Christmas Holidays. For lots of reasons. I'm a little moody and reflective these days. Enjoy.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Guess What I'm Watching Today?




It's no secret, that although a great deal of the Sleeping Beauty Retelling is set in contemporary Mississippi, some of it is not. Laughing. Oh, I can't tell you how that happens. You will have to read the book one day in order to see how it works. Thus, I am watching a lot of period pieces on the DVD player through the Holiday Season. Little Dorrit is one of my favorite Dickens's novels. Dickens is so dark at times. Little Dorrit was born and raised in a prison in London. 

How?

Well, her father is there for debt and the whole family stayed with him at times. It's a fantastic story. There's murder and mayhem, not to mention a great love story. I read Dickens because I want to learn how to create memorable characters and well, dear readers, Dickens created some of the best characters in literature. Long after we are all gone, people will still be reading Dickens. Some of us may not like him, but his fiction has lasted and will continue to do so. Why, if you don't believe me, just think of oh, so Gothic Miss Havisham! Who can ever forget her, and Scrooge, and Pip, and the list just goes on and on. I think the modern writer, Mervyn Peake owes a lot to Dickens in his famous Gormenghast. Over the holidays, I'll try to post modern novels, both adult and YA that owe a lot to 19th century writers.