Sunday Quotables

I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately, and by writing I mean editing. It’s Camp NaNoWriMo, and I set a goal of editing 31 hours (1 hour a day). Of course, me being me, I can’t make myself do anything consistently, so it’s been more like: edit 30 minutes here, edit 3 hours there, etc. And, of course, me being me, I’m behind. Le sigh.

However, I’m only a couple of hours behind. I’ve found that setting a much smaller goal has been very beneficial. I feel like I can actually do it! I’m going to win Camp this year for the first time ever! I’ve also been writing every. single. day. That’s unheard of for me! I am a by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of person, despite my best efforts to be organized and diligent.

So, what’s changed? Well, not to sound like an affiliate or anything because I’m not, but I found this write chain challenge over on Writerology, and it’s basically changed my whole life. Now, I’m only 19 days into my challenge. Some people have 999 links in their chain! I’m sitting at 19 links going, that is never going to be me, but who knows! Maybe it will be.

I’ll leave you today, with a thought from Mr. Hemingway…

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Interesting notion, Mr. Hemingway.

Happy Sunday!

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Fail to the Chief by W. T. Fallon — A Review

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Seriously Laugh Out Loud funny! OMG, I don’t know if Fallon is psychic or just more in tune with the ridiculous nature of humanity than the rest of us. This is a must read. After the recent election events, I’m sure readers will get an eery spine tickling feeling while reading this.

My favorite character, hands down, is Bryan Seafoam…poor guy. Give it a go guys!

For readers who like political satire and who are so terrified at current events that they need a good laugh to get them going again.

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I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Webley .45 and Other Short Stories by R.K. Simpson — A Review

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RaeleighReads rating: 3 out of 5 coffee cups

“Within the confines of the attic, the report had a force of its own. In that first nano-second, when the minutest differences in their positions might have changed the outcome, when Ellie’s fingers were beginning their reflexive release of the weapon, a wall of sound hit her and she began to fall.”

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As you may know, I rarely read or review collections of short stories. While I enjoy reading them, usually, they are difficult to review. Should I give you a snapshot of the overall collection, should I focus on each story (omg that would take forever — I’m long-winded as it is), or should I suddenly break away from my typical review style and employ the second person? Apparently I’ve chosen option C for this review. Sorry readers.

Now, in all seriousness, this is a nice collection of stories. We begin with a little vignette of family life derailed by a terrible accident involving a gun, and we end with another vignette of family life derailed by malicious human contact and brought to justice with an act involving a gun. So, from an organizational standpoint, these are nice bookend pieces that make this feel like a collection, rather than a smattering of random short stories. I also really appreciated the piece of flash fiction that was worked in toward the end. Well done, Mr. Simpson.

Simpson’s writing style is an interesting mix of densely crafted, descriptive sentences and incredibly believable dialogue. I felt like I had been transported back to the 1950s for most of these stories — not just from the stories’ settings but from Simpson’s old-school word choice and syntax. I don’t say that disparagingly. His style really worked for me for these particular stories.

Structure? Check! Style? Mk, check. Subject matter? Yeesh! Simpson really digs in to some heavy stuff here. Gun related deaths, molestation, depression — all the nitty gritty of human life can be found in these pages. Reading stories like these, one after another, it really makes you hope that the author just has a crazy imagination and that they haven’t experienced these things first hand. If they have…my goodness, I hope the writing of it was cathartic.

Now, this collection isn’t all doom and gloom. There are also some really nice moments where we can see the goodness in human life. It’s almost always in the small things. A loved one picking up the slack when someone is losing their shish or allowing a significant other the space they need to deal with something in the way that they need to deal with that something. In the unspoken things, the actions, we can see how human affection, in its myriad of manifestations, can make it all worthwhile.

Overall, a good collection of stories. I would recommend it to people who like to read about believable familial situations and those who enjoy a little dose of nostalgia with their morning tea.

Other thoughts you might be interested in:

Each one is about diverse life, they are full of surprises and revelations. So put on your seatbelt, hold on and get ready for a trip you won’t forget.“– Marjorie on Goodreads

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Dragon Born by Michael Noss — A Review

dragon bornDragon Born by Michael Noss

RaeleighReads rating: 4 out of 5 coffee cups

“Inhaling deeply, Farad released his breath in a prolonged soft sigh. “My story, little ones, is about a girl named Seeliyah. She was the bravest human, the noblest dragon, the world has ever known. And she was also my friend.””

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this fantasy novel. It had all of my favorite elements:  good writing, a strong female lead, believable dialogue, and an interesting plot with several twists.

Dragon Born follows the story of Seeliyah, a young human girl with dragon blood. She goes in her father’s stead to Draco Keep to try to save the dragon nation from an evil red dragon named Duk Flar. On her journey she makes several new friends and discovers the strength of her own unique gifts.

Seeliyah is a thoroughly enjoyable character. She starts out confident and a tad cheeky and she ends as a strong matriarch embodying the ideals of courage, wisdom, kindness, and generosity. I think we could all probably learn a lesson or two from a character like Seeliyah. Love thine enemy is a difficult directive to follow, but Seeliyah sees no other choice. She has an immense love for all life and strives to protect it at all costs.

This novel also contains an important message about maintaining open lines of communication and cooperation between the different races of dwarves, elves, dragons, and humans. A message that is all too relevant in today’s time and will retain its relevance throughout history.

A mixture of a coming of age story, an epic quest, and wonderfully crafted action, this is sure to delight fans of dragon novels and fantasy in general.

Some opinions you may be interested in:

“Dragon Born” will be familiar enough to most high fantasy readers, but it’s got enough originality and thoughtfulness to make it enjoyable.”– Aaron Rath on Goodreads

“Want to read more from the Author! Had me dedicated to his writing and couldn’t put the book down.”– Dee Vasquez on Amazon

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