Monday, October 20, 2014

Quote of the Week - Rita Mae Brown

“Writers will happen in the best of families.” – Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown is an American writer and feminist. She is best known for her first novel Rubyfruit Jungle. Published in 1973, it dealt with lesbian themes.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Autumn Pentecost

Autumn Pentecost
by Cynthia Erlandson

Shining wine-red trees tremble
in a rushing Whitsuntide wind
that rattles the breathing, bornagain world
with vibrant revival,
quickening ten thousand quaking tongues
to sing a fiery sanctus.
Flickering sun-colored flames crackle,
shake, break the blue,
rejoicing in orange exuberance.
Golden glorias explode in October ecstasy,
quickening the pentecostal pulse.
Burning bushes burst into sursum corda for
the season’s second coming.
The zealous horizon resounds:
variegated voices
sing staccato doxologies,
speaking of him who spake by the prophets,
shouting their credo:
I believe in the Holy Ghost.

Related reading: These Holy Mysteries

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quote of the Week - Annie Dillard

“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” ― Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Related reading: Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beso Dulce - Rayanne Sinclair's second novel

Title: Beso Dulce (Sweet Kiss)
Author: Rayanne Sinclair
ISBN: 978-0-9897502-2-6
Hopetoun Publishing
Edmonds, Washington
197 pages

Review by Alice C. Linsley

Beso Dulce is Rayanne Sinclair’s second novel. This love story is as compelling as her first novel Steal Away. The main characters are Katarina Steiner (“Kat”) and Juan Diego Alvarez (“JD”). As a couple, they strike a contrast. Kat is a stunning model with blonde hair and blue eyes. JD is a tall, muscular, and swarthy Mexican rancher. Their romance sparks from their first encounter standing before Canova’s famous sculpture of Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss in the Louvre.

Disillusioned by the shallowness of the fashion industry, Kat seeks a new direction in her life. She plans to open an art gallery in Seaside, California. Still reeling from the tragedy of her parents’ death, Kat seeks solace in the beauty of great art and by visiting family in Vienna, Austria. Her visit to the Louvre in Paris is pivotal to events that follow. The scenes with her family are endearing, as is Kat’s relationship with a long-time family friend, Larry Barnes, a wise older man.

This novel is rich in scenery. The reader is taken on a grand tour of Monterrey, Paris, Vienna and “the sleepy little town of Todos Santos” in Baja California. The cast of characters includes the warm and colorful staff at Juan Diego’s ranch, and the complication of Jason, a handsome old flame from Kat’s university days. There is an intriguing relationship between Kat’s best friend, Barb, and JD’s younger brother.

The plot deepens as the relationship between Kat and JD deepens. They discover that their attraction has a spiritual dimension. Despite their cultural difference, they are well suited. They learn more about each other when Kat visits JD’s ranch. Seeing JD in his natural setting stirs Kat’s heart, and her life takes a dramatic turn. The closing scene of JD riding his Arabian stallion on the beach at dusk is spectacular. This novel makes the heart race, and were it to be made into a film, it would be a cinematic success.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Quote of the Week - John Saul

"When I start a book, I always think it's patently absurd that I can write one. No one, certainly not me, can write a book 500 pages long. But I know I can write 15 pages, and if I write 15 pages every day, eventually I'll have 500 of them."--John Saul

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Quote of the Week - Dorothy Sayers

I remember, years ago, being engaged in correspondence with a young man who was extremely enthusiastic about the psychology of the unconscious, and who insisted that the urge which issued in the writing of a story about a murder and the urge which issued in committing of a murder were one and the same, with no difference between them. I was writing murder-stories at the time and may have been prejudiced, but I objected that it did seem to me as though there must be a slight difference of some kind somewhere, since the results were so different. I added that society in general must be aware of the difference, since it rewarded the one result with royalties and the other with the gallows.--Dorothy L. Sayers (Introductory Papers on Dante, p. 4)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Quote of the Week - Dorothy Parker

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."