Book Review: The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Translated by Philip Gabriel, Published by Berkeley 2017 A lot of Japanese authors and their novels have crossed my path lately, and The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa is one of them. It's inviting cover and petite size suggest a light easy read, but this tiny book is packed with humor, emotion and a … Continue reading Book Review: The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Published by Penguin Random House 2017 There are far too few novels out there that address mental illness; especially books where the protagonist is the one with mental health issues. Honeyman shows that this can clearly be done well, with gentleness, tact, and even humor. Written in first person POV, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine … Continue reading Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

If No One Reads Your Writing, Are You Still a Writer? (And Other Questions to Keep You Awake at Night)

My husband is not a creative type. He is an engineer; everything he does is precise, rational, pragmatic. I rarely engage him in conversations about books and writing, because we think too differently. I believe in possibility and the power of the imagination, and he believes in only what he can see. Now and then, … Continue reading If No One Reads Your Writing, Are You Still a Writer? (And Other Questions to Keep You Awake at Night)

Book Review: The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

Winner of the 2000 Man Booker Prize This book came to my attention while taking Atwood's online writing course through Masterclass, where she explained the use of different literary devices. The Blind Assassin is an example of a "story within a story", something you might be familiar with if you've read Frankenstein or The Princess … Continue reading Book Review: The Blind Assassin, by Margaret Atwood

Writing With Others

Writing is, by nature, a solitary endeavor. Inspiration, conception, research and development, and execution are, for the most part, done in a state of introspection. Collaboration, if any, occurs when we finally allow someone to look at what we produced during that time, a period of length which varies for everyone. What may take one … Continue reading Writing With Others