"The writing of fiction is a dance between truth and invention.”
— Barbara Kingsolver
- Ashburn, VA, USA
- member since September 15, 2009
YOU are walking on Miami Beach in Florida; the sky is dark and threatening to rain. You see a handsome Egyptian man walking down the beach carrying a leather pouch over his right shoulder, he looks back anxiously, as if someone might be following him but when he does so he stumbles and falls, spilling the seeds in his pouch. Asim hurriedly picks up the seeds, counting them as he drops each one back into his case.
It starts to rain and he quickly rushes off, not knowing that he has lost a single seed. It starts to rain harder as you see something protruding from the sand, and then a beautiful red rose grows almost instantly. You must be seeing things.
You approach the rose and when you bend down to examine it something amazing happens.
“Quick,” says the rose. “Hide me before he comes back. I grant wishes and all the wishes he wants are evil ones. Please take me home with you.”
You dig up the flower and head back to your hotel.
Unrealistic or not my writing gives me hope. But with something like 50 000 books published every month it is a little discouraging. I didn’t think there were that many writers. But I continue to write and hope.
You have a nice shelf.
I hope you are reading lots of interesting books.
Knights of the Dragon:
Leander is under siege. It seems their wizard is dying. A dragon befriends a boy and hires knights to save his kingdom. Alexa is a match for any man, except perhaps for Stone; they’ve had eyes for one another for years, though neither will admit it. A dragon is born that turns out to be a wizard, a rare dragon indeed.
And there are whispers of a boy wizard.
It’s a tale of wizards, dragons, romance and knights.
a new group has been launched, BookCat ~ we are looking
forward to your input!
Audiobook ♥ Haven
Audiobook devotees are welcome here! Let us know
which books and authors you are listening to as you
make your way through each day. Audiobooks have
been my drug of choice for over a decade. Selections,
narrations, sources, and devices have improved greatly
over that time period.
I loved Bend Not Break -- my last great book listened to -- I'm back into Shelfari and reading again after spending months listening to political analysis during the presidential campaign and post. I am now weaning myself from it and getting back to reading my 3 books a month -- it will be a slow start as I have found too many other outlets for good reading and listening.
The Moderators of the group based on the book 1001 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE welcome you.
There is a general explanation of the group and some answers to FAQ under the discussion thread GROUP GUIDELINES. The past BOTM can be found pinned to the top for 2011, 2010 and 2009 if you want to search discussions you can join in anytime.
Our June BOTMs are:
1. Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
2. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
3. Absalom! Absalom! by William Faulkner
Please join us in one or all three. The discussion questions are posted and pinned to the top of the discussions.
Our July books are: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.
Well, maybe you should get started. Lucky you, I have to cook for 15 grandchildren because their parents have to bring them to my house every weekend to eat here. They just ruin all the peace around here!
I gave up on it for now. I just wasn't sympathetic enough to finish it for now. These wonderfully energetic and intelligent people risked their lives for nothing. Nothing worthwhile anyway. The waste of it all frustrated me. I'll try Into Thin Air again next summer probably. It is interesting what people will do for a rush.