Friday, October 30, 2015

Top Ten Twilight Zone Episodes

Greetings Pups,

If there is one thing I miss when it comes to television today, it's good writing. Don't get me wrong. Some good writing can still be found, if you look hard, but it's just not as prominent as it once was. I know that, in some cases, when our parents and grandparents tell us how good things were back in the day, it's not totally accurate. But every now and then, they are 100% right. Take for example, one of the greatest shows of all time, The Twilight Zone.

For anyone who doesn't know, and shame on you if you don't, The Twilight Zone was a TV show that ran from 1959 to 1964. It was created by Rod Serling, a brilliant writer who was the master of the twist ending. And if there's anyone reading this who just said, "But I thought that was Shyamalan!", I have one response - YOU! OUT! Anyway, this is one of my favorite shows for just that reason. The writing is amazing, and I have high standards where that's concerned. At least, with other people. So, as this is apparently a scary time of year, I am going to share my Top Ten Episodes of The Twilight Zone. I'll do my best not to give spoilers, but no promises. Besides, I always give a warning. Off we go.

#10. "Night Calls" (Season 5) - Okay, History time, kids! Did you know that there used to be no such thing as Caller ID? I know, right? Well, in this episode, a little old lady starts getting suspicious phone calls, which slowly turn to creepy phone calls, then downright scary. The lesson here is just never answer your phone unless you have Caller ID. Seriously, though, this is one of those episodes that starts one way, but ends up in another. In fact, I found the ending to this downright heartbreaking.

#9. "Nothing in the Dark" (Season 3) - This episode tells the story of another little old lady, holed up in her basement, refusing to open the door for fear that "Mr. Death" (Wow, really?) is waiting for her outside. She is suddenly faced with a choice to make when a man, played by a young Robert Redford, asks to be let in for help as he has been shot. The woman is reluctant to do so, because she is so afraid, but the decision could be the difference between life and death. Hold up, Grandma! Young Robert Redford is asking to be let in and you're hesitant? Oh, wait. How can I phrase that so the youngsters will understand me? Um...okay... Hold up, Grandma! Random guy from One Direction is asking to be let in and you're hesitant? There! I think I covered all my bases.

#8. "The Hitch Hiker" (Season 1) - Because what can happen to you when you get involved in a normal hitchhiking situation isn't terrifying enough. On the other hand, we all sometimes need a lesson on when to accept what's going on in our life. Or, ya know, otherwise.

#7. "The Bard" (Season 4) - Even though The Twilight Zone is a standard for the macabre, every so often they managed to go down a different road, even that of comedy. Such is the case with this episode. It's all about a guy trying to make it as a TV writer and having little success. So, with the help of a little black magic, because that's always a good idea, he inadvertently summons William Shakespeare. No, really. The man decides to turn this into a way to help himself. And it does...or does it? Oh, and "Hi to you, too, young Burt Reynolds"!

#6. "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" (Season 1) - Fear is a powerful thing, but sometimes, it only has as much power as we give it. In this episode, because of something unknown happening, a neighborhood full of people begin to get suspicious of each other in order to preserve themselves from a threat that may not even exist. It shows how we have the potential to react in certain situations and how that makes us appear to others.

#5. "Living Doll" (Season 5) - Dolls are creepy. They just are. Except for Barbie. She's usually okay. Anywho, after getting married to a woman with a child to whom he is not exactly extremely nice, Telly Savalas is being tormented by, Tina, the little girl's talking baby doll, which are the worst kind, by the way. "Who loves ya, baby?" indeed. Yes, this is an episode I put in the category of very disturbing, but at least, it's just a doll and not a real, scary kid. That would be awful.

#4. "It's a Good Life" (Season 3) - Oh, joy. An episode about a real, scary kid. Darn you, Rod Serling! Anyway, here we have the story of a young boy named Anthony, and he has a special power - mind reading. And if he doesn't like what you're thinking, you might just be in trouble. This leads everyone in the town to be very nervous around him, giving him whatever he wants, and trying desperately not to upset him. Ya know, I don't like spoiled kids, but this is a bit much.

#3. "4 O'Clock" (Season 3) - One of the amazing things that this show did was talk about themes that were not only universal but timeless. It makes us think of things that still resonate today. In this episode, there is a man who is spreading gossip about his neighbors, whether it's true or not. He calls them, sends anonymous letters and even phones their employers to make his accusations. In one instance, he even says "Never mind how I know. I just know, that's all". Sound a tad familiar? You know, there's this internet meme floating around that says "The accusation is the proof". I guess it's meant to mock people who think evidence is not a necessity, and there are a lot of them these days. However, that statement is one that I find quite terrifying. Spoilers! This guy got what was coming to him and, perhaps, that should be a lesson to others.

#2. "Nick of Time" (Season 2) - This list would not be complete without one of the Shatner episodes. Most people would probably have chosen the one where he was on the plane as it spotlights his tendency to overact. But I love me some subtly and that's what we get here. At least, as much as we can get given the great man involved. Anyway, this episode is about a couple who very innocently start asking questions to a little fortune telling machine...that looks like Satan. What could possibly go wrong? As he asks more questions, the man starts to trust the machine more and more, to the point where he looks to be near obsessed. I suppose it shows what happens when we trust things we should not.

#1. "Time Enough At Last" (Season 1) - No doubt, this one is probably on the "Best Of" list for a lot of fans. And obviously, it tops mine. It's about a guy who loves to read. My dream man, and not just because he's played by Burgess Meredith. All this poor man wants is time to read, and one day he gets it. But is this thing he longed for really a gift or not? Look, even if you haven't seen this episode, you probably know the answer to that. It's one of the show's most classic twists, but it's still definitely worth the watch. Not to mention the fact that it inspired one of the funniest end credit scenes on The Drew Carey Show. Because Drew Carey and his writers understood comedy and parody. I miss those guys. But I digress. This is the best episode in my heart.

And there you have my favorites from The Twilight Zone. They just don't make shows like this anymore. Not that they haven't tried. Yes, there were two revivals of this show over the decades, quality ranging, in my opinion, from "Meh" to "NOOOO!!!" Rumor has it they might go for a third try at it. Yeah, I'm going vote against that one, if I have a vote. Which I don't. There is also talk of another movie based on it. I guess I'm a little more okay with that, as long as we promise to respect safely regulations on set. Ya know? That thing they didn't do with the first film. Bottom line, in this case, the original is always the best. So, get the DVDs or head on over to Netflix or just keep your eyes peeled for reruns on TV. Any way you choose, this is a show that must be watched.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Straight From the Theater Review - Jem and the Holograms

Greetings Pups,

Reviewing something like this is really hard for me. I have a history with the source material, that of the 1980's cartoon, Jem and the Holograms. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I have an emotional attachment to it. When I was a kid, this was one of the things that made me love music. Yes, I know those songs could be very much drenched in 80's cheese, but that was okay. They were still good. The whole show just really was a great escape for my otherwise unhappy childhood, and I am quite grateful for that.

So, I am tasked, in this case, with discussing this film on its merits without getting too distracted by what they changed from the cartoon. Which was a lot. A LOT! And I went in knowing that was going to happen. That first trailer did set us up for the story. It didn't reveal everything, but I think we all knew what to expect. Thus, I will give my account. And I will have to make some comparisons to the show. It's inevitable.

Now be warned. I will be talking more in depth than I normally do, which means I may be giving a few spoilers. As I never want to ruin a movie for anyone, do not read my review if you intend to see this. Go see it, then come back and decide if you agree. However, if you want my basic opinion, scroll down for my final thoughts in the last paragraph. The point is, I need to talk about this, being specific about what I liked, what I didn't and what they changed. And yes, I did like quite a few things. Okay, let's discuss Jem and the Holograms. (Again, SPOILER ALERT!)

We begin with seeing videos of a bunch of people on You Tube. Get used to that. Anyway, the framing device is Jerrica Benton, our heroine, making a video to tell us the story of what will happen in this movie. All of which happens in the span of about a month. Yeah. Jerrica is played by Aubrey Peeples, who I absolutely love and who I think is so adorable. She is a teenager living under the roof of her Aunt Bailey, played by the legendary Molly Ringwald, along with her sister, Kimber, played by Stephanie Scott, and Bailey's two foster daughters, Aja and Shana, played by Hayley Kiyoko and Aurora Perrineau, respectively. Of course, they all just refer to each other as sisters, as you do.

Okay, I'm gonna stop and talk about the "Holograms" for a moment, and what was done with them. I'll get to Aubrey later, individually. First off, these young actresses are great. They had fantastic chemistry with each other, which is very important. As far as matching up with the cartoon, they did give them some similar attributes. Shana does fashion, Aja is a tough girl with a juvie record, which is kind of like the tomboy that I remember...I guess. And then, there's Kimber. Poor, sweet Kimber. She does not get as much love as she should have, from a character standpoint, I mean. They say in passing that she wrote a song, which was her thing on the show, but not so much here. Bottom line, they should have used her more. But, yes, big thumbs up to these young ladies.

So, the girls all sing together, even to the point where Bailey uses it to put a stop to arguments, and they want to make a video. Enter them dressing up in 80's fashion, crazy hair colors included. But Jerrica is painfully shy and keeps backing out. Eventually, she films herself with her guitar and a song, dressed up as "Jem", her dad's nickname for her. Kimber finds it and uploads it where it goes viral, attracting the attention of Starlight Enterprises, which is run by Erica Raymond. Yeah, Eric Raymond is a woman now. We all knew this from the trailer, and some of us were either upset or confused about that choice. Still, as much I will always hear the voice of Charlie Adler in my head when I think of Eric Raymond, Juliette Lewis was pretty awesome as a female counterpart. I mean, of course, she was.

Jerrica hesitantly takes up Erica on her offer to come to Starlight and get a full on career started, mostly because she can bring her sisters and get some money to help save Bailey's house and business. When the girls get to L.A., they immediately get pushed into creating their image, or re-creating it. Here's where we get some glam and fashion and more crazy hair. Good times. Oh, and we also get Rio, played by Ryan Guzman. He wasn't bad at all, and frankly, I think this Rio is less whiny than cartoon Rio. Probably because Jerrica keeps fewer secrets from him. More on that later. However, there is something about Rio's personal life that will make old school fans say "WHAAAAATTT?!?!?" I'm actually not going to tell you what it is, but you'll know. Oh, indeed. You will know. And, no, it's not about him not having purple hair. Although, what the deuce was up with that decision? Moving on.

So, Jerrica, now officially known as Jem, must do three pop-up shows in a month in order to get paid, and here's where I can give the film some credit. First, the music is rather good. Now, of course, I wish they would have used my idea of updating old songs from the show, but whatever. Second, the concert scenes are shot extremely well. I expected that, as the director, Jon Chu, is very skilled and experienced at shooting musical performance scenes for his films. I thoroughly enjoyed those scenes. Props for that.

Anyway, all the while that the music stuff is going on, we have a subplot involving Synergy...ish. Okay, as old school fans will know, Synergy is the computer built by Jerrica's and Kimber's dad, which makes holograms, transforming Jerrrica into Jem. Here, she is a little robot person that kind of looks like...Remember that movie, Wall_E? She looks kinda like Wall_E's girlfriend. Turns out, that the father left them clues to find pieces which will complete Synergy, pieces that include the infamous Jem Star earrings...which are now pink. Not red, as they should be. Pink! I'm sorry, but I must give a thumbs down on that. Point is, they are basically scavenger hunting, and that actually seems like something they would do on the cartoon. I didn't mind that part. Although, Rio is involved here. So, he knows about Synergy the whole time. Well, that's a little different from the show, and the reason why Jerrica is keeping fewer secrets, as I mentioned.

But as the story progresses, it becomes a little predictable. Many people are comparing this to the plot of Josie & the Pussycats, and...yeah. It is quite similar, and the conflict we come across is resolved way too fast. So, sadly, that is my major complaint. The story could have been a stronger one, but unfortunately, that is where I find the film is at its weakest. Oh, except for one more thing. Remember how I said to get used to seeing YouTube videos? Well, they did this thing where they cut them into the movie. Like, you're watching a scene in the film and then you see a You Tube video. Okay, I think they were trying to integrate the music from them into scenes that had no dialogue, and THAT aspect worked, the audio, I mean. But the video being put in is completely jarring. And they do this in other areas as well. I understand what they were trying to do, especially using this to hit home their message in some places, but it did not work for me. I mean, we get it. Jem got famous because of You Tube. Next.

So, anything else that I liked about this movie? Why, yes, there is! As I said, I love Aubrey Peeples, and I thought she was wonderful. She almost reminds me of a more talented and WAAAAYYY nicer version of Kristen Stewart. I say "almost" because she truly is something special. Between the singing and the acting, I think Aubrey has a promising future ahead of her. So long as she stays on track and behaves! Let's see. What else? Well, even though I thought I would roll my eyes at it, I kind of chuckled at them throwing rather infamous lines from the show into the dialogue. It was cute. Also, Zipper was there, who we know as one of Eric Raymond's henchmen. I liked the guy in the movie, but I wish he was a little more...vicious. Amusingly vicious, actually. And I wish he used that voice we heard in the cartoon as well. What can you do though? I liked what they did with the Starlight logo. Nice throwback. Oh, and they had some great cameos, the funniest of which was Ryan Hansen, who we all remember as Dick Casablancas from Veronica Mars. He was HILARIOUS! And we get to see some women who I love dearly: Samantha Newark, original talking voice of Jem, Britta Phillips, original singing voice of Jem, and Christy Marx. Yeah, let's talk about her for a moment.

For those of you who don't know, Christy Marx is pretty much the person who made Jem. Now, granted, the initial idea and concept came from Hasbro, since the dolls came first, and she has made it clear that she does not own the property known as Jem. That is owned, still, by Hasbro. But Christy Marx is the one who wrote the characters into life. She was the one who fleshed them out and gave them backstories and personalities. She took names and images and brought them to life. Think of it this way. You know how Michael Jackson, now his estate, technically owns the Lennon-McCartney catalog, but we all know who really created those songs? It's kind of like that. So, they let her have a cameo, but she had nothing to do with the creation of this film. From what I heard, someone didn't want her to be a part of it, even though she was the one who had been trying for years to bring the show to the big screen. Even though the whole thing is her baby. Yes, why would we want the woman who knows these characters backwards and forwards to have anything to do with this? I just hope she felt all the love from the original fans, because it was and is out there. Let me blunt when I say that, if Christy Marx had been involved in this...oh, heck, in charge of this, we would have had a very different film. One that would have appealed to the new fans, as well as giving the older fans their fix of nostalgia. We didn't get exactly that. And yet...

Look, I've talked about this enough, so I will wrap up now. As a movie, in and of itself, it is not that bad. It's actually kind of cute and fun, and as I said, what's good about it, like the music and the acting, is very good, I think. But one must keep in mind who the demographic was that they were aiming at. That demographic is clearly "tweens". Specifically, "tweens" of today. Yes, even though I can give this credit where it's due, this was not made for me or any of the older fans. They did give us a little something here and there, but that's the word - little. I think we deserved more, and that's kind of sad, because this could have been something special for everyone. It really could have, but I feel like maybe someone didn't care enough about the people who have been waiting years, even decades, for this. I'm not saying they didn't care at all; I'm saying they didn't care enough. This seems like something I would see on the Disney Channel, which, again, isn't bad for the "tween" market. I can definitely see some youngsters really loving this, and happily, there is nothing offensive or inappropriate, so parents can relax. By the way, parents, if you were a Jem fan in your youth and you have little ones, they might like this movie. Just promise me that you will expose them, any way you can, to the cartoon show. Let them know things. Bottom line, I do wish that the Jem and the Holograms movie had more of the Jem and the Holograms that I know and love, but for what it is, it's not bad.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Response to Kristina Horner's NaNoWriMo Tag Video

Greetings Pups,

I know I just posted something yesterday concerning my writing and NaNoWriMo, and I was not planning to post anything today. But life happens. As it turns out, whilst I was on the Twitter, I saw that one Miss Kristina Horner had put up a tag video on her YouTube channel about NaNoWriMo, wherein she answered several questions on the subject. She asked people to respond by way of their own video. Sadly, I guess, I don't do videos, because of reasons. But I thought it would be fun to participate, nonetheless. So, by way of this blog and the old fashioned art of typing, I will answer these questions. Shall we begin?

#1. "How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?" - Officially, this is only my second year. But have I written 50,000 words in a month before I got involved in this? Heck to the yeah, my friends. That's actually way below my average. Not difficult when you're hypergraphic.

#2. "How did you find out about NaNoWriMo?" - I probably heard about it in passing for years, but I just never paid attention to it. It wasn't until I inadvertently came across some videos on the YouTube talking about this thing. They were videos from Katytastic and Little Book Owl and the titular (for this post) Kristina Horner. I liked it because it involved writing. That's always a plus. But I also thought it might be a good way to help me develop deadlines. I've never been one to use deadlines with my writing. Honestly, things always flowed better and I got more done when I wasn't thinking about a date when I had to be done. But everyone made the experience of NaNoWriMo look like fun. Hard work, but fun. So I tried it.

#3. "What was the name of the first novel you attempted to write?" - For NaNoWriMo, it was Red Guitars, the one I did last year. For life in general, it was Beyond Starlight, the one I'll be publishing soon.

#4. "Give us a one sentence summary of what you are planning to write this year" - Well, as of right now, it's about a woman who moves to a town full of artists after living her whole life as someone who let herself be limited by what others wanted for her, so she leaves to be around people who are more like her, but maybe they are more different from her than she wants or hopes. What! It said ONE sentence, but it didn't say it couldn't be a run-on. Boom!

#5. "What is the best writing advice that you've ever been given?" - Write. Yeah, just write. That's where it all starts, and you can't finish anything if you don't start.

#6. "Did you ever take a year off from NaNo and why?" - Well, technically, I took off every year before last year, because I didn't do it until then. So...yes? Yeah, I have no idea. Let's move on.

#7. "What is your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?" - So, there was this one episode of The Drew Carey Show where Lacey Chabert was helping Drew figure out his computer job. She asked about a file he had labeled "Diane Sawyer" which took up half of his hard drive. His response was "I wrote a series of novellas where I put her in dangerous historical situations and I rescue her. A lot of people do it!" No, Drew. A lot of people don't do it. Take me, for example. In my novellas, I put myself in dangerous historical situations, and Tom Hiddleston rescues me. See, totally different. Okay, in all seriousness, I do get inspired by people I come cross in my life; some I know and some I don't. I take them, along with all their quirks and attributes and put them into worlds of my creation. It's a trip. I have to change some things, of course, as I don't want to be sued, but they are a good jumping off point. Let's just say I have a very active fantasy life. It's not creepy. It's just a thing you have to do when you're a writer. Oh, and I also get inspired by other writers, in many ways.

#8. "Read us the first sentence from one of your novels" - Okay, then. Here's the first line from my first novel, the aforementioned Beyond Starlight. "I never expected anyone great to come into my life." Yeah, it's slightly biographical. Just ever so slightly.

#9. "Why do you love writing?" - Because dying isn't something I want to do at the moment. And if I didn't write, I would die. Also, if I hadn't started writing, I would probably would have been dead long ago. No, I'm not being melodramatic. I'm being 100% honest. When I was a teenager, I was dealing with severe depression to the point where I was suicidal. I prayed for God to help me in some way. He did. He gave me writing, and I have been grateful ever since. This is why I see my writing as a gift, and why I love it. God used it to give me my life back and make it even better.

So, there you go. You have my answers. If you'd like to participate in this tag through your own blog or video, that would be fantastic. And again, Godspeed to all those involved in NaNoWriMo! I will share, once more, my blessing for this year - "May you finish on time, but not insane!"

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What's In a Name? A Lot.

Greetings Pups,

Well, it's almost that time of year again. We are approaching November, the month when a ton of people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel within 30 days. Some fail, some succeed and some probably go insane. But 'tis the life of a writer. I should know.

Shockingly enough, I decided to do a tad bit of preparation for my NaNoWriMo attempt this year. Normally, when I write, I just go with the flow and see what happens, because rarely am I in charge of where things go. Sure, I might jot a few things down just to keep myself on track, but I am not much of a pre-planner. Even last year, which was my first time officially doing NaNo, I pretty much just flew by the seat of my pants. Whatever that means! I still finished, though. Barely, but I did finish. I realized, however, when you put yourself in the constraints of a timeline, it's not the worst idea to have a bit of a plan, at least. So, I know what the main goings on of my story will be, though I always expect surprises. But now I am embarking on what I find to be one of the most enjoyable parts, initially, which turns into one of the most difficult. That is the task of naming things. Yes, everything is fun, until the clock starts ticking down.

So, I managed, somehow, to come up with a name for the town in which my story will happen, which is good in this case, because name of town = title of novel. That took some time. Now I know why I would love to set all my books in Anywhere, U.S.A. Not to mention, Anytime A.D. Sadly, structure is necessary. But the town, that is but one thing I must give a name. The REALLY difficult thing is naming all of those people that I will be giving life to throughout November, and beyond if I turn this into an actual book. As usual, when I first start doing it, it's fun. The baby name sites tend to be a fountain of info for me, as well as a few sites that deal with surnames. They are a blessing. But after a while, I realize I have to narrow things down and just pick the darn names for these characters. Yes, I know that I can change them as I write, technically, but it's important to get to know these fictional people as you write them. Changing their names constantly does not aid you in doing that. Trust me, I know. The characters that have permanent names the longest are the ones to whom I feel closest.

It might not be easy, because we, as writers, want everything to be just as it should be for whatever it is that we work on. It's a process, and the naming sub-process is extremely important. So, sometimes, the best way to do it is to just let those characters speak to you. Let them tell you who they are and what they want. You might find it easier to give them a suitable name that way. Since the inside of a person, even a fictional one, is more important than the outside, figure out the former and the latter will fall into place.

Or you can just pull names from a hat!

And now you know the deep, dark secret of my own personal lament as a writer. We all have something. So, if I don't speak of this before November, I wish the best to all of you participating in NaNoWriMo. May you finish on time, but not insane.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Straight From the Theater Review - Crimson Peak

Greetings Pups,

You know how some movies get a massive amount of hype and when they come out they may or may not live up to all of it? Yeah, so let's talk about Crimson Peak.

I, like many people, have been looking forward to this movie for quite a while, for a lot of reasons. First of all, I really like Guillermo del Toro as a director, and he has great and original ideas as a writer, something I practically have to beg for these days. Put his story ideas alongside his, and I was seriously ready. And, second, of course, Tom Hiddleston. Yeah, I'll give anything he's in a chance. For crying out loud, I've even seen Marvel movies for him. But I digress. Let's get to this movie. And I won't give too much away passed the set up.

Crimson Peak, first, and probably still, assumed to be a horror film, is actually a Gothic Romance. At least, that's what the cast and crew keep telling me. Sure, why not? The movie begins with the Universal logo being altered to suit the story ahead. They turn it red, or rather crimson. Because...title. Oh, and I hope you like that color, because it is flipping EVERYWHERE! Look, I like symbolism as much as anyone, but...come on. Anyway, our heroine is a young woman named Edith Cushing, played by Mia Wasikowska. We see, in a flashback, that her mother died when she was very young, which led to her first experience seeing a ghost, which leads us to a jump scare within the first five minutes. Oh, really, Guillermo? A flashback AND a jump scare so soon? I'm gonna let it slide, because it's you. We go forward several years, to her and her father, played by Jim Beaver, living in Buffalo, of all places. Random. Well, at least, it isn't Maine. Edith is pursuing a career as a writer, and she is, shock of all shocks, a very forward thinking woman, who doesn't want to only write romances. No, she prefers to write about ghosts. She also turns up her nose at the news of a new stranger arriving from England, a Sir Thomas Sharpe, who is, according to the ladies, charming, handsome and a wonderful dancer. Who could it be? Yes, you guessed it, Tom Hiddleston.

Anyway, Thomas is visiting America looking for funds to build some kind of clay retrieval mechanism. Red clay, of course, that is beneath his house. Well, his house and his sister's. Lady Lucille Sharpe, played by Jessica Chastain, has also accompanied him. Some people are fond of the pair; others are not. If you ask me, these two make me reminiscent of a Creepy Donny and Marie fan fiction I once came across. Make of that what you will. Anyway, Thomas begins to charm Edith, much to the chagrin of her father, as well as the local doctor, Alan McMichael, played by Charlie Hunnan, who fancies the young woman. But nothing doing. Once the Sharpe siblings finish their business in America, to say nothing of a that take place. they return to their grand-ish home across the pond. And, as it is evident by the trailer, Edith accompanies them as Thomas's new wife. Oh, and did I mention that the first thing that attracts Thomas to Edith is the fact that she is a writer? Hmmm... I sure hope that life imitates art on that one, because I, in case you were not aware, am a writer. Holy smokes. This clearly would mean that if Hiddleston found out that I write, and that I write poetry, which he claims to love, he'd be putty in my paws. O-kay, then... Stalker Mode Off. Moving on.

Once we arrive in England, we begin to enjoy some elevated ghostly shenanigans, as well as a bit of a mystery that must be solved. I sure didn't see that one coming after the blatant Sir Arthur Conan Doyle name drop. Actually, one cannot blame Edith for feeling suspicious, as pretty much everyone in this movie is, at the very least, kind of unsettling. It's at this point where the mood and atmosphere that del Toro is known for truly begins to shine. This film does have an uneasy feel to it, and there are some moments of real tension. A few. Yeah, to be fair, I was hoping for more. Honestly, despite the fantastic set up, I felt that things moved rather slowly, and I found myself just waiting for things to happen. However, the moments that were supposed to grab you really did. The good parts were very good. Also, the effects were pretty darn cool. It's like what the 1999 remake of The Haunting could have been...if anyone gave a crap.

Now, I will say that there were a few interesting twists and turns in the story, but some of it was a tad predictable. There were some things that we find out about certain characters, and you would have had to have been asleep, or dumb, to not have guessed it. Also, the reasons for the actions of the characters made me just think, "Wow, really? Wanna add a mafia subplot, too? It worked for Moment By Moment. Or not." In the very, very end, though, things do pick up enough that it made it all rather exciting. Also, a bit gruesome, but, again, del Toro.

So, there are good things I can say about Crimson Peak. As expected, it looks absolutely stunning, from the costumes to the sets to the effects. It is quite a feast for the eyes, as they say. And, of course, the acting was wonderful. As mentioned, I certainly enjoyed myself some Tom Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain gets a stamp of "Mission Accomplished" for her job of freaking me the heck out. Even Mia Wasikowksa wasn't in Wonderland-y with her acting as she tends to be. Except for that vampire movie where she was just annoying, but I think that was the point of her character there, so hats off.

Bottom line, I would say that Crimson Peak is worth a view on the big screen, if for nothing else than just the visuals. It will certainly draw you in. If you want to go see it, go ahead. I certainly won't tell you not to do so. I know I had a few complaints, but it wasn't bad. It was actually quite good, just not as much as I let myself be "hyped" into believing. But I still think Guillermo del Toro is a brilliant film maker. I still hope he is the one to take the helm if we decide to give The Island of Dr. Moreau another shot. And I can't be mad at Tom Hiddleston ever. Although, when he said he preferred Star Wars to Star Trek, I could have slapped him. What? He would have earned that one!

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Girl Meets...Bad Message? Maybe?

Greetings Pups,

About a year ago, I wrote a little something about how much I was enjoying the offspring show of Boy Meets World, which would be Girl Meets World. I gave it much praise, and I certainly am not taking any of that back. I thoroughly enjoyed Season One of that show. And then, Season Two happened. Yeah.

Okay, look, I am not saying that the show is awful now or anything. Far from it. They're still doing a good job production wise, and the acting still isn't bad. As a matter of fact, most of my problems with the show are now stemming from things going on in the real world with some of the youngsters. That, however, is too much to get into at the moment. When it comes to the actual show, I feel like what they're telling kids in some episodes may not be the best things to be telling them. I've seen it happen a few times before, but it is in one particular episode that I was pushed over my edge. And that would be the latest installment, "Girl Meets Rah Rah". BTW, in order to make my point, I will have to give spoilers. So, if you haven't seen this one and would like to do so, go ahead and leave. But then, come back, because of reasons.

Anyway, in case you couldn't guess from the title, "Girl Meets Rah Rah" has some cheerleading in it. Specifically, Riley is trying out for the cheerleading squad...for like, the 27th year in a row or something. But she never makes it because the coach never thinks she's good enough. The coach, by the way, who is an "oh, so subtle" ripoff of the coach on Glee. Look, Disney Channel, we do not need carbon copies of any characters from that show. Moving on. Riley shows up for all three days of tryouts, even though she keeps screwing up and obviously is not gifted with the gifts of a cheerleader. And in the end, she does not make the team. Hey, it happens. But, of course, because the coach was honest with Riley about her abilities or lack thereof, she is - you guessed it!- the bad guy. Fine. Like I said, ripoff from Glee.

Now, throughout the episode, there seemed to be a message of "Don't Give Up". I happen to think that is a wonderful thing to tell kids, especially at the age these particular kids are. And all the while, I assumed the lesson for Riley would be that, no matter what you might fail at in life, the things you discover that you are not good at will lead you to the things that you are good at. You've had perseverance with trying the cheerleading, but that's not your gift. Let's go find YOUR gift. What a great message! Or...

Yeah, she just goes to the first practice and pesters the coach until she gives in and lets Riley on the team. Now, I will admit that the other girls on the team said that maybe Riley isn't good enough because she hadn't been trained the way they were. Fair enough. I could buy that. But for the whole episode they didn't even come close to implying that. They just showed her being uncoordinated and nowhere near being good at this. And yet, somehow, she made the team. In other words, the coach gave up! What the garbage kind of lesson is that? A terrible one, that's what it is! And it is a lesson that is "taught" to kids far too much these days. Let me explain.

If there is one thing I hate about parenting actions these days, it is when said parents tell their kids, "You can do anything!" or "You can be anything!" I know they mean well, but...NOOOOO!!! That is one of the WORST things you can tell your kids! Again, let me explain. Not everyone is good at everything. That is what those statements imply. However, what you should say to your children, what EVERY adult should say to children is that they can TRY to do anything, and that they can TRY to be anything. See the difference?

I don't think that anyone should have opportunities closed off to them based on anything. Everyone should be given a chance to try anything they want. And that is all an opportunity is. It is a chance to work toward something. And if you do the work and you have the skills, congratulations! But if you don't have the talent for something, which people usually find out when they try something that they want to do, then you move on. You go and keep trying until you find the thing that you do have a talent for. That's how people find their gifts a lot of the time. There is nothing wrong with that. Don't confuse "giving up" with "letting go". Don't confuse beating your head against a wall you can't move with tearing down the wall you were meant to tear down. And that is how life works. Trying AND failing until you succeed.

So, I will close by saying this to the folks at Girl Meets World. You aren't doing a terrible job. You are doing a pretty good job. But please think. Think really hard about what you say to kids, especially at such an impressionable age. They listen, and they learn. Make sure they learn the right things.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Possession by A.S. Byatt - Book Review

Greetings Pups,

You know what I like? Letters. Good, old-fashioned, handwritten letters. Like, on paper. Go ahead and Google those things, kids. I'll wait. You know what else I like? Poetry. I mean, I have published three books of it, so I better like it. So, what better than a book that has both of those things as its center? Not much. Therefore, today I will be discussing Possession by A.S. Byatt. Oh, and FYI, I know that Halloween is approaching, but this "possession" is not the kind associated with the scares of said holiday. I assume. Unless I missed something in the text. Anyway, let's get started.

Possession was released in 1990 and falls right about in the middle of the writing career of A.S. Byatt. Some people, apparently, refer to this as her masterpiece. Sure, why not? It is pretty good, and it is what I would call a reader's book. You know, not messing around here. And hardcore readers know what I'm talking about. So, how about that plot?

Well, I'm happy to say that we actually have two plots, intertwined through time and space. Oh, the joy. In present day, we follow Roland Michell, who is investigating letters he found written by a Victorian poet, Randolph Henry Ash. Of course, he's looking into them, since they hint at a hidden romance. What could be more intriguing? He suspects they may be written to another poet of the day, Christabel LaMotte, which leads him to Maud Bailey, an expert and distant relative of LaMotte. The two set out to reveal the secrets of these past writers, as are others in the field, and they end up finding out far more than they ever imagined possible.

Meanwhile (I love a good "meanwhile") we also follow the mysterious relationship of Ash and LaMotte. It is a relationship that not only affects them, but many people that surround them. As they tend to do. And being that they are in the Victorian era, there may be a few or more things about this pairing that the public at large would take issue with. Oh, who am I kidding? Some of us would still find problems with it. But their initial secrets leads to more secrets and a legacy which takes a winding road to the future.

And when the two timelines make their way to each other, we begin to find out things that neither we, as the audience nor the characters themselves ever would have known. Frankly, this book is a mystery novel. Just a poetic one, which certainly makes it stand out in the crowd.

Good times, indeed!

So, what is it about this book that I really like? Remember how I said that it centers around letters and poems? Well, all of those are within the text of the book. Yes, the author does not just talk about the poetry and say nothing more than it exists, and also does not give us Cliff's Notes versions of what is in the letters. It's all in there, my friends. This is actually something that Possession has been much praised for, and a lot of the richness of the writing comes from what is in those poems and letters. It's rather amazing to commit to the characters, as well as their stories and feelings, so fully.

I must say, even though in the grand scheme of literature, Possession is fairly young, it feels more classic than it actually is. I think that's a good thing. It makes it far more timeless than books written by "authors" who clearly don't care as much about the words. Just the words themselves. This is a book that reminds us exactly how valuable they are to all of us.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Friday, October 9, 2015

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral - Book Review

Greetings Pups,

I'm on a bit of a kick after having reviewed a book that was a bit unique, a little less wordy and a little more artsy, the other day. So, I thought, why not talk about another one of those? One that's much more cohesive and actually does tell a story, though it tells that story in a very interesting way. And the book is called Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral.

I had no idea that this book even existed, until I came across it whilst I was browsing in the book section of a store that also sells other things. Because I live in an awful place that has no bookstores. No, I'm not kidding. Anyway, I noticed it because it was much larger than the other books, and I could tell just by looking that this was probably not going to be a typical read. I was right, and I was glad.

Chopsticks tells the story of Glory, a young piano prodigy, who finds solace in her music when her mother dies. But it is her father who taught her to set her goals very high, as he wants her playing to huge crowds around the world. Though Glory is extraordinarily gifted, she is also very lonesome. She begins to seek solace with, Frank, the boy next door (oh, really?!) who is also artistic, but in a different way. As time goes on, it remains to be seen whether or not Glory's relationship with Frank will help her or harm her, both concerning her music and her life.

Okay, so this is obviously one of those classic "boy meets girl" stories, right? Maybe a little, but if you think you're going to open this book only to be face to face with the black and white vision of words on a page, you would be wrong. Interestingly enough, this story is told mostly in pictures, all kinds of pictures. Yes, there is some reading material in it, but it's pictures of notes and text messages and articles and all sorts of things that just give clues as to what is going on and pushing the "narrative" forward. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this method, but after I made my way through it, I realized that this was almost something of an interactive book. At least, that's how I saw it, and after reading the reviews of others, I don't think I'm exactly alone.

Turns out that different people had different interpretations of what was actually happening in the book. Was only Glory a real person and making up Frank? Was only Frank a real person and making up Glory? Was there a third party observing their lives from the outside? It could probably be any of these things, depending on how you see it. And since this is so open to interpretation, apparently, I have a suggestion for it to be even more fulfilling to those who get their hands on it. If I may be so bold as to say, this book might actually be a good tool for a writer who is experiencing the dread of being blocked but doesn't want to stop working every day. You know, if you don't use it, you lose it and whatnot. Hear me out.

Obviously, there is not traditional writing in this book, but would it be a bad idea to get your daily practice by making that up yourself? I don't think it would be any different from those books full of pictures that are specifically designed to prompt writers to write, except USE THIS FOR PRACTICE ONLY!! Don't be going and stealing other people's stories. But it's a thought. And as a writer, there are few things I enjoy more than being able to inspire other writers. Maybe these authors feel the same way. Again, though, say "NO" to plagiarism! I cannot stress this enough.

Bottom line, I found Chopsticks to be quite a unique experience, and I love when people find a way to create something special. It's overwhelming how images can evoke emotions and tell a tale just as easily and as well as words can do. Don't get me wrong, words rule and all. But if someone can combine the two to share a story, I'm all for it. So, many hats off to Anthony and Corral on a job extremely well done. I hope they have more to come.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle and Sidney Paget

Greetings Pups,

Hey, remember yesterday when I talked about a book inspired by the work Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Well, today, I am going back to basics, back to where it all started, back to how things looked to the first people to ever lay eyes on Sherlock Holmes, both by way of words and pictures. Now, I normally wouldn't review a book based on the particular packaging, but I kind of have no choice to today with The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes. Also, short review this time, but you'll see why.

Okay, we all know that the Holmes stories are wonderful and have been so for over a hundred years. What you may not know is that a lot of them were published in a magazine called The Strand. That's where people got a good look at Sherlock Holmes. And I do mean "look" because the text of Mr. Doyle was accompanied by the illustrations of Sidney Paget. They are beautiful drawings that added so much to those stories, especially for those readers who have little skill at mind drawings. Yeah, that's what I call them.

Now, I am not a person who buys multiple copies of books I already have because something got a new cover or came out in paperback. No, I'm happy to have one copy and read it until it falls apart. Then, I get a new one. However, if I can find something legit special about a version of something I already have, I'm usually in. In this case, I was thrilled to find a collection of the Holmes stories along with all of those original illustrations. I believe in painting pictures with your imagination by way of words. That's what they're supposed to do, after all. But when a writer and an illustrator can be so in sync, it takes things to a different level. When I looked at these drawings, they are exactly how I pictured Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and all of their side characters and villains. Even though we've had a few live action versions, I always go back to these images. I feel like a lot of the hardcore fans feel the same way.

So, it's hard to review this in a way that hasn't been done before. I mean, what can I say? These stories are amazing. Always have been; always will be. And everyone knows that. But, as I said, finding them put into a collection where we can also have the artwork was major for me. Yes, I happen to think finding great books is major. I can't be the only one. So, I know this review is pretty short, as I warned, but if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and you find this special edition, get it. You'll be able to see these legendary tales in a whole new way.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore - Book Review

Greetings Pups,

So, over the past couple of years, I have gotten really into reading the stories of Sherlock Holmes. I might give credit to my watching the show, Sherlock, but I no longer enjoy that show...because of reasons. Therefore, I will hand credit over to Elementary. I still respect you, Jonny Lee Miller. Anyway, whilst I was browsing through the shelves of my local library, this title, The Sherlockian, stood out to me. At first, I was concerned that it was going to be nothing more than some high end Sherlock fan fiction. Not the case. Actually, this book has less to do with Mr. Holmes and more to do with the man who created him, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So much for "death of the author". Anyway, let's get to this story. Or...stories. Gasp. Yeah, wait for it.

The Sherlockian is a 2010 novel by Graham Moore. It tells the story of a man named Harold White, who is invited into an exclusive group known as The Baker Street Irregulars. They are - let's just say it - Sherlock fanboys. Not that I'm judging. Okay, maybe a little. As luck would have it, Harold is suddenly dropped in the midst of a search for a very sought after possession of Doyle's. At the same time, he tasks himself with also solving the murder of the man who is the top expert on the author. In a way, Harold is forced to turn into Sherlock himself to solve both of these mysteries.

Meanwhile, more than a hundred years earlier...Oh, yeah. This book goes there. Indeed, not only are we following the adventures of Harold White, but also a story about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Which actually comes first, but whatever. For those of you who don't know, in 1893, Doyle made the unexpected and, I think, brave decision to kill off Sherlock Holmes, the character that had become beloved by so many. So beloved, in fact, that people were devastated, some to the point of wearing black arm bands in mourning. Wow, really? And we think the girls distraught about that one guy whose name I don't know leaving One Direction were crazy. Apparently, this behavior is nothing new. Back to Doyle. After eight years of silence on the Holmes front (heh, heh!), he decided to bring the detective back to life. He never told people why he did this, but what he did do during this time was keep a diary. And that is the possession which is being looked for in present day.

So, The Sherlockian jumps back and forth between these two time periods and stories, and it takes some skill to be able to write a book in this manner. Write it well, I mean. Trust me. I've come across some authors who do not have that skill. It does not yield pleasant results. I enjoyed getting into both of the stories as they helped to propel each other farther along. It seems like these two halves of the story, the past and the present, combined for the author to both emulate Doyle a bit, but to also pay homage to his life and work. I've said before that I am not a fan of fan fiction, and like I said a few paragraphs ago, this is not that. However, I feel like this book could be the result of a "fanficcy" idea turned into something that can actually be taken seriously. Talk about a rarity.

I suppose I should take this time to address something that a few of you may be wondering. Do you have to be an avid reader of the Sherlock Holmes stories in order to follow what's going on in this book, references and whatnot? Well, it certainly wouldn't hurt to know a few things, and I assume that the primary, but not the sole, audience to whom this was aimed would be fans of Sherlock Holmes. However, it really isn't necessary. You can just read the book without having to study other books in advance. I mean, this isn't a Marvel movie. Ooh, burn! Still, I would never deter anyone from reading those Holmes stories.

Now, I happen to be a fan of mysteries as well as historical fiction, so I enjoyed The Sherlockian. I even liked reading the author's notes, which is not usually something I recommend, in particular, but I do here. This book may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I'd say to give it a chance. And then go watch Elementary. If, for nothing else, only to see Clyde the Tortoise!

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The 1000 Journals Project by Someguy - Book Review

Greetings Pups,

A few years ago, as some of you may recall, I reviewed a documentary called 1000 Journals. It was all about a guy who sent 1000 journals into the world to try and reawaken the creativity of whomever may come across them. It seemed to work quite well, and I gave this documentary much praise. You may go ahead and read that review if you don't believe. I could use the views. Anyway, in that review, I mentioned that the creator of the project, Someguy (yes, that's what he calls himself. I'm fine with that.), decided to put some of what people gave to those journals into one book to be published for all to see. That is the book I will be speaking about today, The 1000 Journals Project.

One of the things I liked about the 1000 Journals documentary was how I got to see so many different people and the way they chose to express themselves artistically, even if they never would classify themselves as artists. The entire project proved that, while not everyone can be the next Rembrandt, we all have the ability to use art to share things about ourselves, if only we are given the motivation to do so. It was so interesting seeing the pages that this huge, diverse group of people from all over the world were putting into these formerly blank books. All the while I was watching, I was thinking how amazing it would be to get some of that art, some of those words and expressions, in a book that I could own. Thankfully, in 2007, that is exactly what happened.

Now, I must warn you that this is not a typical book. As you may have suspected, there is much visual art in it, but that's not to say there is no writing. There is, so you can say that it's not technically a picture book, if you get caught reading it. You can, however, refer to it as an art book. And it happens to be a very interesting one, as well. When you think about it, you are literally reading the journals of other people. You can even say you're reading their diaries if you want to sound more devious and old school. That's how I do it. And frankly, if there's something that makes me like the book even more than the movie, it is the mystery involved. And there is a long as you steer clear of the last few pages of the book. Let me explain.

With the documentary, you see many of those people as they are putting things into the journal, or you can see pictures of what they did whilst they talk about it and themselves. With the book, you don't know who did what. As I said, so long as you keep out of the end of the book. Because that's where they list names and match them with the pages. But I suggest you stay away, only if you want to keep said mystery alive. That way you can continue really not knowing these people. Again, it is like finding a stranger's journal and taking a very detailed glance into their head and heart, their life and soul. I believe that makes it far more intriguing. It could be anyone in the world who put those words, those images onto those pages. It could even be someone who you know, or used to know. It could be someone you may know in your future. That is fascinating to me, and it lets the creativity of the original idea become even more of a legacy than even Someguy intended. But you can look at the names if you want. I can"t tell you what to do.

So, I really do suggest that you check out The 1000 Journals Project, the book, as well as the movie, if you can. Or if you're more of a movie person. I like to think that those movie people will see it and not be able to help getting a hold of the book as well. Now that is a testament to the power of creativity.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ugly Stick by Joy Givens - Book Review

Greetings Pups,

I've noticed something of a stigma attached to the world of YA fiction, particularly, when it comes to adults. I've heard people say that if someone writes YA books, it's probably because they aren't good enough or smart enough to write for grownups. To say nothing of the adults who choose to read those books. Now, if we are speaking of Twilight and Stephenie Meyer and her middle-aged minions, that might be true, and that also goes for most of her copycats. However, I don't believe this theory generally. I think there is much intelligence flowing through the genre of YA, and when I find a book that proves it, I am happy to share it with others. And last month, I had the pleasure of discovering one - Ugly Stick by Joy Givens.

Okay, before I begin, I must give a disclaimer. The reason that I found this book is because I had a table at a book festival to sell my wares, and I happened to meet a lovely, fellow author named Joy Givens. We had a chance to talk quite a bit and even traded copies of our books with each other. I certainly enjoyed her company, and we've had a few exchanges by way of social media. Bottom line, I really like this person. However, I would never let that cloud my judgement as a critic. It never matters to me how much I like someone. If they do something of which I am not a fan, I will say so. I mean, come on. I'm planning to marry Tom Hiddleston one day, but that won't stop me from saying that I don't like The Avengers. Yeah...And Stalker/Creepy Fan Mode off. Anywho, I know that this blog is pretty unofficial, but despite what many people have said over the past couple of years, especially on Twitter, I happen to think that journalistic integrity is a thing that should exist. So, let's begin, shall we?

Ugly Stick is a 2013 novel telling the story of April Somerfield, a fifteen-year-old girl who has very few fans out in the world and none in the mirror. Yes, she is quite unhappy with herself, being a shy outcast who is far from a beauty queen. What makes things harder is that her family has always been full of beautiful, successful women, and April is certain that she will never be able to carry on that tradition.

So, you may be thinking ahead, assuming that she might have been adopted or was switched at birth, and that is what the story is about. Well, now that's just boring. No, as it happens, the titular "ugly stick" could be more than just part of an infamous expression. It might just be an actual thing. And no, I am not giving spoilers. This is all on the back of the book, because this is merely the setup to lead us into the journey of this young girl. And that journey ends up being quite a fascinating and enjoyable one. Frankly, this is a tale I have never heard before. That's right, folks! I am pretty darn sure that we have...AN ORIGINAL IDEA! And for some reason, that causes the celebratory Price is Right theme to play in my head.

Now, though I admit that this is a new idea, you might be wondering if the author uses any of the tropes we tend to find in YA fiction. Of course, she does. But using tropes doesn't make anyone a bad writer; using them in the wrong way does. Fortunately, that is not the case here, and it particularly does not apply to the types of characters about whom she writes. Yes, we have the loyal best friend, the mean girl and the cute boy our protagonists sets her sights on, but they are all written so well and so uniquely, with a few personal twists of their own, that they don't just feel like lifeless props to push the main character to her next activity. They are there, they are in her life, but the story is hers. Even the boy. Yes, imagine that. Someone writing about a teenage girl liking a boy and having it be just one of those things that she goes through, rather than giving a message of "Life begins at man". You know? The way that some other writers do with their female "characters". Oh, and speaking of the word "character"...

I am happy to say that our protagonist, April, is, in fact, an actual character. She has a distinct personality and special qualities about her, whilst still managing to be relatable, particularly to readers in the same age bracket. It's almost as though you don't have to make your lead character a blank slate in order for people to identify with her. In short, she is something of an anti-Bella Swan. Sorry, I had to bring up the "T" word again, but I can't think of a better example. Seriously, what Joy Givens has proven is that one can create a character that the audience can connect with without making her nothing more than an empty skin suit for people to slip on in order to fantasize themselves into the story. I know that sounded weird, but I think I've made my point.

So, let me wrap this up by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even being someone who does not often delve into the world of YA. As I said, if a book is written well, with an interesting, unique and original story and ideas, I'm always willing to take a look. Therefore, I recommend Ugly Stick to anyone who simply likes good books, but I especially recommend it to anyone who might be the age of the protagonist here. In fact, if you're a parent of said type of person, I say let your youngsters read this. It says a lot of good things about family and honesty and how we look at ourselves and others. It has wonderful life lessons, really for all ages, and I'm happy to spread the word about a book that can do that.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Back to Books Week

Greetings Pups,

So, I'm back after a bit of a sabbatical...again. And, as I try to do after an extended period of time off, I decided to devote an entire week on my blog to one thing. The one thing, in this case, will be books.

Looking back on the myriad of reviews I've written, I noticed that I have not discussed as many books as I had hoped to do. Strange, since I happen to write books. Perhaps, I don't want the competition. I kid. Actually, I love giving some attention to books and writers that I have come to enjoy. Anything to get people to read, I am happy to do. Although, this week, I plan to share about a few books where words may be only the companion to something else, or maybe even not the star of the show. I tend to be quite eclectic with the books I choose, and I am not only referring to genre.

And so, in order to bring the attention back to the written word (mostly), every day this week, I will be reviewing a different book. Hopefully, doing this will do some good to put me back on track as well, especially when it comes to reviewing books. I do have a mountain of "to read"s that I got when my favorite bookstore went out of business. Oh, still a teardrop for that one. Anyway, when it comes to writing in general, I'll take all the help and motivation I can get . Especially with NaNoWriMo coming up. Oh, boy.

Love and full moons,
Becky the Writer