I did something this week I’ve not done in a long time – threw in the towel on a really awful novel. A part of me wanted to finish all 19 cds just to see where the author was taking this train wreck, but after 10 I honestly couldn’t stomach any more. The book initially had great reviews – one of the reasons my Rowdy Readers picked it. None of us liked it. What made the agony worse is while I was listening to that one, I was reading another. Rose’s Garden is a lovely book. I’m not even mentioning the title of the train wreck.
The author of Rose’s Garden is Carrie Brown. I’ll be attending a week long writers’ workshop this summer and Ms. Brown will be my instructor. I wanted to check her out! She told a beautiful story and didn’t distract from it by including sub-plots of pedophilia, adultery, homophobia, drug abuse, cyber bullying or any other current hot topic. I’m no prude and those topics have their place, but it was refreshing to read a story that was just, well, a simply interesting story. That’s why Rose’s Garden is On the Bookshelf.
I mentioned in my first post a friend assumed I just sat around writing all day. Well, her idea of writing all day is a bit different than mine. So take a peek in A Writer’s Window and see how I Wrote a Poem on Wednesday.
Simple pleasures. What qualifies as simple pleasures for you? Spring has blossomed in South Carolina and Cottage Quotes reminded me to notice some of mine.