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Book Reviews! Nolan and McKenzie, and more Never Have I Ever

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eviews!

Just two of the books I've read over the past month or so.




Watch Over Me by Kait Nolan


"The only thing Rowan Beale ever wanted was to be a cop. But in the wake of her partner's death, she still hasn't been cleared to return to duty. Amid rumors of PTSD and struggling under the weight of survivor's guilt, she's starting to believe she never will be. Already at loose ends, when her Uncle Robert has a heart attack, she doesn't hesitate to go to Wishful to take care of him.

Reserve officer Nash Brewer is a born care-taker, so of course he pitches in after his neighbor and mentor has heart surgery. But it's not just the former Wishful police chief who needs his help. Robert's strong, gutsy niece is hurting and haunted -- and someone's been targeting her. Nash can't help but fall as he and Rowan investigate, while keeping the secret from her fragile, but sharp-eyed uncle.

When evidence points to Rowan herself as the perpetrator, the former…

Books That No One Else Has Read

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ooks!

There was one of those games making the rounds a couple of weeks ago: Seven days to post a book you love without explanation, comment or review.

I posted the following:

A History of the World in 101/2 Chapters by Julian Barnes
From Anna by Jean Little
The House With the Clock in Its Walls and The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn by John Bellairs
Who Is Frances Rain? by Margaret Buffie
Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck by Charles Bukowski
and, on the first day, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

I didn't get a chance to include Madeleine l'Engle or E. Nesbit!

But it got me thinking of some of the books I've read that no one else seems to have read. Of course, other people have read them, just not anyone in my immediate circle of friends and acquaintances.

Here are a few of those books:

The Chimes by Charles Dickens
The Booky series by Bernice Thurman Hunter
The Margaret series by Bernice Thurman Hunter
The Road to Endor by E. H. Jones (the only oth…

Never Have I Ever...

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ever Have I Ever...



That's the theme of this month's writers' exercise over at The Lit Forum.

Today is also Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question is: It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

I don't think so, mostly because I've been trying really hard to keep up a regular writing and editing schedule, no matter what the time or season.

This month's exercise is giving me all sorts of ideas though! It's also making me skip ahead on my ROW80 goals, as I focus on the character for the next novel, rather than editing the current one.

Here are the official rules:
“Bring a character or two, and let's play “Never Have I Ever!”
In case you aren’t familiar with this game, it is super simple. Someone poses a challenge, for example. . . . “Never Have I Ever Gotten a Speeding Ticket.”
If you have never gotten a speeding ticket, you do nothing.
If you have gotten a speeding ticket, you take a drink…

Friday Five Questionnaire! Also, I'm Not Doing the A to Z But...

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ast linky post!


This year, I'm not doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, but am sharing weekly linky posts anyway!


I'd meant to do one each day, reposting travel photos for each letter, but unfortunately couldn't find the time to arrange them in advance. Happy to report that my ROW80 goals are coming along -- all my schoolwork is done! And I used my week off to start entering the handwritten edits for The Handful of Time and I caught up on blog comments! Almost. Boy, I'd missed you all!


V is for...Vancouver. Except that apparently our trip there was before I started sharing travel photos on the blog. So instead, under various, we have: Richard Burton, ditties from childhood, the Decorah eagles live stream, and a Friday Five questionnaire, which seems to have actually come to pass in many surprising ways. I'm going to repost that one below.

W is for...wineries and vineyards

X is for...x marks the spot: Founex village, and Founex part two

Y is for...Yverdon…

Top 10 Favourite Book Covers! Also, I'm Not Doing the A to Z But...

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nother linky post!


This year, I'm not doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, but am sharing weekly linky posts anyway!


I'd meant to do one each day, reposting travel photos for each letter, but unfortunately couldn't find the time to arrange them in advance. Happy to report that my ROW80 goals are coming along -- all my schoolwork is done! And I have a week off in which I can hopefully start entering the handwritten edits for The Handful of Time. Then to catch up on blog comments!


P is for...St Prex

Q is for...all the places missing photos, mostly visited before I started this blog (10 years ago!), because I couldn't find a place for Q!
Aberdyfi
Amsterdam
Brussels
Cardiff
Canterbury
Dublin
various towns in southern France
Grasmere
Holmfirth
Holyhead
Liverpool
Manchester
Newtown (Wales)
Penzance
Ramsgate
Thirsk
Washington, D.C.

R is for...Rolle

S is for...St Lawrence Valley, including lavender fields and driving back from Chicago and milking a cow at Upper Canad…

Drinks with an Author! Also, I'm Not Doing the A to Z But...

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his year, I'm not doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge, but am sharing weekly linky posts anyway!


I'd meant to do one each day, reposting travel photos for each letter, but unfortunately couldn't find the time to arrange them in advance.


J is for...journeying in the United States, road trip 2

K is for...Kusadası, Turkey, and part two

L is for...London, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Lord Rochester (and here's Charles II)

M is for...Montreal, including my guide to 24 hours in Montreal

Also, here are a few articles I've written for the Bizim Anadolu newspaper:
Montreal is an Island
Hevelspending
Walking in Old Montreal
Ideas for Your Staycation
Recipe for Pâté chômeur
Château Ramezay
Shakespeare in the Park
Salon Moov (hairstyling and Bengal cats!)

N is for...Nairobi, and part two

O is for...Oxford, and part two, plus Tolkien in Oxford

And from Bizim Anadolu: Tolkien, and My First Novel


Here's a view that I shared in the post of Oxford photos from…

IWSG Day! Also, I'm Not Doing the A to Z But...

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'm not doing the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge this year, but might do these weekly linky posts anyway!

I'd meant to do one each day, reposting travel photos for each letter, but unfortunately couldn't find the time this year.




Instead, here's a quick roundup:

A is for...all around the United States, road trip 1
B is for...Bern
C is for...St Cergue and the Descent of the Cows
D is for...Dover
E is for...Edinburgh and Culross and Dunfermline
F is for...Fribourg, Switzerland and Freiburg, Germany
G is for...neighbours! Paris and Divonne-les-Bains
H is for...Holmfirth
I is for...Istanbul and the Bosphorus, and elsewhere in Turkey -- also featuring my oldest email saved online (I have older ones that are in print only)

Today is also Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question is rather timely, as I'm trying frantically to catch up with my main ROW80 goal, which is to finish my final essay for school. Due next week! Ack!

Question: When your w…

A Story Snip for Lingering Winter

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inter lingers on!



The prompt for the February excercise on the writers' forum was to reveal setting through character.

Here're the longer guidelines:

"1) reveal settings through your characters and 2) don’t stop the action. Here are some ways to do that:

1. Reveal setting through motion. Consider what your character would notice, either immediately, or in passing. What do they interact with? Show the attachment (or lack of it) they have to a place. Have your character physically in the space. For instance, don’t just describe a suitcase in the middle of the hall, but have your character weave around it. Diana Gabaldon once noted that readers follow movement, so create it. Have your character lifting, turning, acting in some way with the setting.

2. Reveal setting through a character’s level of experience. A character’s beliefs and experiences will influence what they notice. Age, position, education, training, superstitions, fears, sex, etc., will color the world of your …

Tolkien Reading Day and End-of-Round for ROW80

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his Sunday is Tolkien Reading Day!

Tolkien Reading Day "has been organised by the Tolkien Society since 2003 to encourage fans to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien by reading favourite passages. We particularly encourage schools, museums and libraries to host their own Tolkien Reading Day events."
"The theme of Tolkien Reading Day 2018 is Home and Hearth: the many ways of being a Hobbit. What will you be reading?"
I think I'll go back to my copy of The History of The Hobbit, which I've still not finished reading! I also haven't even started my copy of Beren and Luthien, published last year. I've been reading less fiction on my commute, and many more articles and texts for school.

Just for fun, here's a screenshot of one of my favourite images of Tolkien's:



As for schoolwork, the first round of the year of A Round of Words in 80 Days has ended! Let's see how I did on my ROW80 goals...

enter handwritten edits to Th…