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Tsundoku/ Bookended

So many books and so little time to read them all. This category is all about books: the must-reads, the books that connect the dots on a particular topic, the unputdownable, as well as notes and thoughts on some of all-time favorites.
It’s just books, ad infinitum.

Books, Connect The Dots, Nonfiction

5 Books On Creativity: Must-Read

5 Must Read Books On Creativity

Welcome to the first post on sets of books that focus on a specific subject. I’ve called the series Connect The Dots because it allows me to share 5 books that can be read sequentially, going from one to the other naturally, much like drawing an actual connect-the-dots figure. Like so many of us, I have always turned to books for answers. Yes, we have the internet but, because I was a teenager when computers were…

A Writer's Journey, Books

All Or Nothing: Day 10 of a writer’s journey

I have some fairly disparate things to talk about today but I think there is a thread that ties them together, so bear with me as I try to make sense of it . First: There’s always something, an idea or a perspective, that is obvious to some persons but another person is completely oblivious to it. And then maybe someone says something, and like the shake of a kaleidoscope, there is an inward shift and…

A Writer's Journey, Books, Nonfiction

Are you a writer? Day 7 of a writer’s journey

Are you a writer? With the arrival of 2019, I was gripped by an urgency to get on with this writing project. I wasn’t writing enough, I felt. Not writing enough. Not writing fast enough. The material was not gripping enough. I had a list of all that was I doing wrong and my inner critic assured me that it was all my fault. If only I’d worked hard enough, this book could be done by…

Books, Judge A Book By Its Cover, Tea

Afternoon Tea (Judge A Book By Its Cover, #3)

We are back to looking at the cover of a book and deciding that we just have to have it! Read the complete introduction to this series here or you may just want the abbreviated version: You may have heard the idiom, don’t judge a book by its cover, an admonishment to not let surface appearances sway you. Take the time to read the book, delve beneath the surface, and find what message lies within its…

A Writer's Journey, Books, Nonfiction

Facing fears: Day 4 of a writer’s journey

On most journeys, there comes a time that you’ll wish that at least some of the lessons you are learning had been taught in school. I reached this stage in the fall of 2018 when every day seemed to have some new life lesson that I had to learn but when progress on the book itself slowed down to the rate of thick, viscid honey moving uphill. No matter how much I showed up ready to…

Books, Fiction, Judge A Book By Its Cover

Judge A Book By Its Cover, #2

You may have heard the idiom, don’t judge a book by its cover, an admonishment to not let surface appearances sway you. Take the time to read the book, delve beneath the surface, and find what message lies within its pages. Get to know a person instead of letting your preconceived notions quickly fix labels upon them.  Don’t judge a book by its cover, someone entreats us, wagging their finger for emphasis. This series does the…

A Writer's Journey, Books

Setting the story free: Day 2

Setting your story free I am typing this Day 2 post (of my writing journey) in the middle of April 2019. Does that mean I stopped writing last April? No. I still wrote but what I wrote underwent many revisions. First, the more I wrote, the more I learned how to write. This learning curve continues to this day. But there were also other events that influenced my writing. Sometime during May 2018, I had a…

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