Thursday, September 30, 2010

Victoria. S: SPEAK (a voice).

Victoria. S: SPEAK (a voice).: "SPEAK changed my life. It saved me. After SPEAK I felt as if I could actually I don't support or believe in banning books. ..."

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Today I joined the community library board.  I get to work at the library once a week.  By far, the best part is that I get to buy the books!  And we have lots of money that we just have to spend.  So I need some help from you choosing books.  Read any good books lately?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I remember writing in high school; it was junk.  Every submission I sent was rejected.  That is why I am so amazed by young people with such natural talent for writing.  Hannah Moskowitz was 18 when she published this book.  There are three things that really stand out for me: Point of View -  She writes from a teenage boy's perspective and she does a bang on job.  No stereotypes, no exaggerations, just real life. Dialogue - I'm not taking about what the characters say, it's what they don't say. Getting the unspoken messages across should be impossible, but Hannah can do it.
The Human Condition - Nobody relates to a perfect hero.  Everyone relates to a hero who struggles through the whole book only to realize he's not the hero.   I'll warn you, there are A LOT of swears in this book.  It adds dimension to the characters, but you may find it a bit over the top.  Besides her books, Hannah has some amazing eye openers on her blog.  Look her up.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Gilmour Photography 365: Day 30

Gilmour Photography 365: Day 30: "Summer DaysSummer as a child seemed to last forever. Now as an adult They go by too quickly. This summer has been cooler then normal and th..."