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Blossoms and Severe Writer’s Block April 18, 2013

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Repeatedly, in the last two months, I’ll sit in front of by laptop, open up my WordPress dashboard, click on add new post and …nothing.
Or I’ll be at the dining room table tap-tap tapping on the surface with a gnawed pen. It was a horrible experience as I seemed drained of all my creativity.

I believe it’s linked to the protracted cold weather we’ve been having in London. Now Winter is my favourite seasons but no much of a good thing isn’t good.
Or maybe its just laziness. ideas for this blog have come easily before. Now I earn it through blood, sweat and tears, emphasis on the tears.

A few evenings ago I was walking home from a friend house. It was about 10:30 pm. I rounded a corner and on the green was a huge tree laden with blossom. It was so startling that I stood in wonder. Spring is here to stay!

Night blossoms

The sunshine, warming temperatures and lighter evening hadn’t convinced me until I saw that tree. I began clapping and laughing out loud. Then this post’s title hazily formed in my mind.  The block on my creativity faded away!

Since then I jotted several ideas which I’ll blog about in the near future.

If the sun is shining where you are, step outside for a few minutes. Enjoy!


Review: Wild Swans by Jung Chang November 1, 2012

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Wild Swans by Jung Chang

This book was introduced to me in a conversation I had with a fellow bookworm. Several weeks later I asked him to lend me his copy. That first night I was up until 2am. I like my sleep so I was surprised when I saw the time.

I’ve read several books set in 20th/21st century China. Harry Wu’s Troublemaker, Mary Wang’s story and Gladys Aylward’s biography Small Women. But these hadn’t prepared me for the huge stage on which this was set. Jung Chang writes about individuals while interweaving History and explanation of Chinese culture. It’s a seamless transition and adds so much.

I could connected with these three women (Grandmother, mother and daughter). Their characters and personalities were parallel to the many women in my life, mother . I was happy with their triumphs; smiled at their love interests;longed to share their loneliness and was wrath by their persecution. My main thought  throughout was this could be me especially as Jung Chang and I have similar temperaments. It’s been a while since a book has caused me to draw out large funds from my emotional bank.

Here is my final word: I will be very careful about how I use the word epic from now on.

The Tale of the Title April 18, 2012

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I have come across a few books whose title alone are awe-inspiring.

Lonely Bones: I began listening to the audio book with my family. The reader’s chilling tones freaked us out. We didn’t finish it.

That Hideous Strength: The last book in CS Lewis’ comic trilogy met all my expectations. Weaving science fiction with Arthurian mythology, it is my favourite modern fairy tale

This Present Darkness: Frank Peretti’s 80’s tale of spiritual warfare, prayer and believers under fire. I used to sit for ages and trace my fingers over the golden embossed cover.

The Boy called It: My friend got our whole ‘set’ (We were in our late teens) to read David Peltzer’s life story. This is the only book I’ve shamelessly wept over. His writing style is so wonderfully child-like and doesn’t let the reader become comfortable.

The Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother: I love this title, it is so imaginative. I am reading this mother’s memoir. There are many similarities between her stories and my family’s.

The Hunger Games: I haven’t read the books but the title has stuck with me since the trilogy was recommended on an online forum over a year ago. Just hearing it increases my heart rate.

Have you read or seen any striking book titles?