Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: The Lens and the Looker

The Lens and the Looker by Lory S. Kaufman
Hansum is a young adult facing his first “history camp”, a place where history is recreated so the new generations can appreciate mankind’s past.  Hansum is not interested in playing by the rules and finds every opportunity to wreak havoc.  His plans backfire when he is sent back in time to experience history for real.
This is a great premise, but I found the characters inconsistent.  The futuristic world we start out in is too brief to get a sense of Hansum‘s world before he’s plunged into unfamiliar territory. On the up side, it’s got great potty humour for young readers and the lens making process is fascinating. The publisher said this: by plopping the protagonist into a world so utterly different from theirs, (Kaufman) underscores the universality of our basic human drives for a place to belong, for meaningful work and, most importantly, for love and friendship.
  I give it 3/5 stars.  I am looking forward the next two in the trilogy.

Poetry Winner

Well, I only got two entries which were both fantastic.  The recipient of the spring issue of Poetry Quarterly is April.  Her poem struck a chord with me because it was about having another child and that's me to a capitol T.  Antje, your poem was also great.  It showed me a new side of you.  Your critiques will be in the mail shortly.  Thank you for participating and maybe next time I'll have more enteries.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Poetry give away extended

look what we found in the compost.
I would like a couple more entries for my potery give away, so I'm extending the deadline for another week.  Don't be shy, share your work.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Poetry Giveaway

So I have an extra copy of Poetry Quarterly's Spring issue and I would love to give it to someone worthy of the title "Poet".  Send me a short poem or exerpt from a larger piece of work and I will send each person who enters a FREE critique.  Yes, that is what I said.  Your poem can be any style, but please refrain from vulgarities, that won't win you any points with me.  When I say short, just keep it reasonable. I also can be critical of forced rhymns.  Feel free to comment on other poeple's poems, it might even influence my decision. Then I will choose my favourite, I mean the best compostition, and award the winner a copy of Poetry Quarterly's Spring Issue.  If you want you can get your own copy here. I am SO excited to read your work!  Bring it on down!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Awesome Day

Today is an awesome day.  Canada celebrations were wonderful last night, my kids slept in until 10 (and so did I) My whole family is here playing baseball (I'll join them as soon as I'm done typing this).  My book got excepted at Imajin Publishing (more on that later).  I got two short stories published in Canadian magazines, I got 100% on my article writing final exam.  I got accepted into Humber Writing School in the fall.  AND the strawberries are ripe.  I am on top.