Monday, April 13, 2009

READING AND WRITING: BACK TO BASICS

Now just because I know it may be a while before I can blog again, I'm going to take advantage of the time I have today to keep chatting!

Click on the link below if you are interested in reading about where things are up to with my writing pursuits!


I wanted to let you know that I have not given up on the writing stuff....well, not that I've written much of late - there really is only so much you can fit into the hours you have available!! But my point is, that the re-occurring advice that keeps cropping up if you want to be a better writer is to read more! So despite my previous confessions that I was at peace with my inability to read "grown up books" I have decided to work harder to understand the type of "grown up" books that I might actually enjoy. (Not that I want to write for growns ups or anything, but I do think it all helps develop an understanding of the craft of story telling!)

I am always overwhelmed in book shops and libraries because I am not really sure of the type of books I like to read. I am much more at home in the kids sections!

So I have decided to be a bit more analytical about why I may, or may not enjoy a particular book in the hope that I might start to narrow the field on the type of books I like. I'd welcome any recommendations if anyone would like to help steer me in the direction of some great reads!

So, to kick things off, here's a summary of my attempts this year to date:
I finished only ONE of these below books this year, and have stalled at the half way point on the other two.



It's actually the first one "John the Revelater" that I finished! I enjoyed the way this author writes. It's a thought provoking style that does not always spell things out to you, but allows you to think and interpret some things for yourself. While the story does not necessarily power along, it always kept me turning the pages which is a big plus for me! Oddly enough though, I did not love this book and am not sure I would recommend it to anyone.

As for the other two, I started off enjoying both of these, but by the halfway point I had worked out the pattern of their story telling and just wanted them both to get on with it. I know that "Eat Pray Love" is a best seller (and that they are making a movie out of it) but I just find it a frustrating read! It seemed to become quite repetitive. I might just start to skim read through the next few chapters in an attempt to get through them both - if I can be bothered.

This wont be any time soon though as I had a moment of weakness today and bought this great book by the very funny and talented Paul Jennings.



If you've never read anything by Paul Jennings then I highly recommend you try one. It's laugh-out-loud funny stuff! This book is a collection of his short stories, and he is a master of his craft!

If anyway has any books they'd like to recommend I'd love to give them a try. This is the last "Grown up" Book that I read AND I LOVED!



I enjoyed the way this author put words together and weaved the story. It's thought provoking and encourages discussion and analysis when you finish it!....(interesting?! I would not have thought this was something that I would want from a book!?)

Apologies if this has been a boring post, but I do feel it's helped a bit. Thanks for listening!....um....that is "reading"!

THE LUXURY OF TIME

Well obviously I've not had much time to blog of late! Things are really busy at work, and I have just finished off all of my books in time to take on another one! This will also be part of an established series, but is targeted at boys. I find this series a bit more challenging as I don't do these ones too often. It will involve me working in a style that does not come naturally to me (perspective and shading!) but it also allows me to use my own imagination a bit more than the girls series that I work on.

So - with everything that's been going on, we took time out to enjoy the four days of Easter by staying at home! Well, not literally! We did venture out to the movies, the shops, cafes etc!

On Saturday we explored Brunswick St in Melbourne. I used to be a local there, and while we eat out there quite a bit, it has been ages since we explored the shops.

I just have to share this fabulous colouring book I bought! Of course it's FRENCH! I seem to have an eye for all things French!



They also had these two to choose from...




and I love the sketchiness of this one!

I picked them up from Wilkins and Kent on Brunswick St and if you have not been to this shop I highly recommend it. Their website does not do the store justice!

Of course I could not resist the urge to find out a bit more about this French stuff, so I found this great website which features a full selection of these beautiful colouring books, along with even more great products, such as these beautiful tins.



The website features work by some very talented illustrators, and includes links to their websites where available.

We also went to see this great NEW RELEASE animation from Oscar Winning Australian Adam Elliot.



It's a wonderful movie on so many levels. The story is original, the characters unique, and the attention to detail is intriguing. I highly recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

I also want to talk books and writing with you, but fear this post is becoming an overload!I might create a new post for that discussion! I hope you have all had a great long weekend, and enjoy your (short)week ahead!


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