Thankful Three

Today is normally Thursday Thrifts, and I may put a review from one of my many thrifting finds up later in the day, after the turkey and pie, but this morning I want to go over the top three books that I am thankful for.

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

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I have seen this series on SOOO many thankful posts this week and, truly, I am one of the crowd. My mother brought me home HP when I was in grade school. The book had only come out a couple years before, if that, and my mom had seen a News program featuring the release in America. So she thought I might enjoy it. At that, folks, is how I was sucked into the world of Hogwarts and wizards and Voldemort. And I haven’t looked back since.

 

 

2. A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

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Many of you probably haven’t heard of this one because it is written for a very specific audience. This story is about a young girl named Hadassah who is taken into captivity when Rome destroys Jerusalem, and taken to Rome in a time when Christianity means getting thrown in with the lions. This book is amazing because it has great historical context, a coming of age story for a girl finding her faith, a love story, and just enough suspense and gore to keep you interested. It is also an awesome book for anyone on their own spiritual journey.

 

3. A Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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This book is leagues away from my #2 but just as important to me. Yes, it is a romance, but this book made me understand what it takes to be a good writer. Singh took a tough concept that could have blown up in her face and created a stunning world that I would love to wake up in. I step into every single one of the books from this series with no regrets. She sets the bar for my own writing and I know that I am no where near capable of this amount of depth in a story. Not yet anyway. I re-read these every year without fail, and if that’s not a sign I am thankful, I don’t know what is.

What three books are you thankful for???

Post them up on your own blog and leave the link in the comments for everyone to check out.

 

See ya after the pie, blogworld.

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Alexandra Diane Speaks!

Hello all! I am here to introduce Alexandra Diane, a writer of modern fairytales!
Thank you so much, Alexandra, for taking the time to write out your personal journey to becoming a writer and allowing me to share it.

Now on to Ms. Diane!

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For as long as I can remember, I have been telling stories to just about anyone who would listen. As child I would make up elaborate stories about things that happened in my day and my parents would ask, “When did that happen?” and I would say, “Ten years ago in Mexico.”

They still aren’t sure why it was always ten years ago in Mexico, since I was only three and had never been.

As I grew up, storytelling stuck with me. It grew from being a child’s creation to make life more interesting into class projects that went above and beyond my teachers’ expectations. But what caught the attention of my teachers was my dyslexia. For the first time, I feared sharing my writing with others because of misspellings or because my brain warped the rules of grammar to fit the twisted reality inside my head. I couldn’t let this fear to continue. My teachers, in all grade levels, saw my potential and they pushed me.

As I got older, my stories developed alongside me becoming deeper and darker. I was leaving the storytelling child behind. I was also becoming restless. I could only share my tales with my friends and family for so long. I needed a wider audience, but that dyslexic demon reared its ugly head again in college. Professors didn’t care or give me the time of day to help me. This wasn’t high school anymore. It was embarrassing that I couldn’t take what was in my head and put it down on paper. College came and went along with the evil teachers too busy to help an ailing student.

With all my extra alone time, which is the best time for writing, I went back to my happy place creating stories. My parents encouraged me to share my stories but I thought, “They’re my parents. Of course, they’re going to say that.” It wasn’t until my boyfriend read one of my stories and suggested I start a blog that I even considered sharing my tales.

On March 22, 2012 I posted my first story online. It was nerve-wracking subjecting myself to the judgment of total strangers, but the need to share was overwhelming. My stories now belonged to the public, flaws and all. Since then, I have posted eighteen short stories which have gotten over 6,000 views. On top of my shorts I have a novel in progress called Angelic Findings, which has taken a lot longer to get out than I ever thought it would. I am currently working with my editor to decode my dyslexic messages. When it comes down to it, I’m a storyteller who lives to write and I won’t let anyone, including myself, tell me I can’t do something. It would be a shame for any storyteller to keep their tales to themselves. So if you have a story in your head, I encourage you to get it out. Put it on paper, or online, or tell it out loud.

You can read Alexandra’s work and find out more about her at her website!

Or follow her on Twitter!

Calista Smith speaks!

First off let me start by saying thank you to Calista Smith for not only giving me her writer bio but also allowing me to edit her novel “Rocky Romance”! She has some amazing writing talent and I think we will be seeing her name in print soon! If you want to talk to Calista more about writing, head to her FB page!

Now, on to Calista.

Author Journey by Calista Smith
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When I was younger, writing was my escape. I was a pretty reserved child and writing helped me to express what I was feeling. I started out mostly writing poetry. The older I got, the more I wrote…until my collection grew to well over 500 poems, in my early teen years.

As life went on, I had less and less time to write. Usually, when I would write, it was when things weren’t going so well and I needed a way to express myself, because I wasn’t able to articulate it aloud. My emotions propelled me to put pen to paper. Eventually, even that dwindled away. Maybe I didn’t need it as much, as I matured. Regardless, I stopped writing for a while.

Sometime last year I got the itch again. I didn’t want to write poetry, though. I had these characters rattling around in my brain, waiting to tell their story. Anyway, here I am. My first book is written and after getting some more feedback from my awesome Beta Readers, I will be tightening it up and sending it off to an editor. So far the feedback I have received has been incredibly helpful and I’ve appreciated all of it, both the good and bad. I have to say, sharing my work was quite terrifying. I’m not sure I’ve gotten the hang of it, even still.
Each time I’ve sent it to be read, I get so anxious to know what the person will think of it. I pretty much drive myself nuts worrying.

I can’t wait for it to go live…and yet, I am so nervous for that day to come. Rocky Romance Series will be a three book series. Book one – Breaking Down should be available pretty soon. Book two – Breaking Away is already halfway written as well. So, hopefully there won’t be too long of a wait in between.

This has been an incredible journey so far. I have met wonderful people all along the way, and I look forward to what the future holds. I feel very blessed to be on this path and I’m so thankful to all of the people who are on it with me, including my amazing family and friends, who are so incredibly supportive of me. I’m especially thankful for my husband. I know I couldn’t have done this, without his love and support.

For more from Calista, check her out on Facebook!

Author Zoltan Istvan Speaks

I want to first thank Zoltan Istvan for taking the time to write this blog. It is an in-depth view of the personal writing journey through his novel The Transhumanist Wager.
Check out my Review of the novel here. https://wringingink1.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/review-of-the-transhumanist-wager/

By Zoltan Istvan

When I set out to write The Transhumanist Wager five years ago, I did not intend it to become an edgy, controversial book. For much of my adult life, I have been a journalist covering environmental, wildlife, and human rights stories. My articles and television episodes—many for the National Geographic Channel—were welcomed in any culture and in any country. My stories were the type that a family could amicably discuss over the dinner table, or watch on television while happily cuddling together on a couch.

Perhaps it was the effect of the war zones I covered as a journalist, but The Transhumanist Wager soon took on much more contentious ideas of human endeavor and culture. For a human being, most conflict zones highlight a simple fact: Once presented with horror and death, one tends to quickly discover degrees of emotion and experience never imagined or thought possible before. For me and the difficult moments that I still vividly remember, those incidents gave me the powerful conviction that human life should be preserved indefinitely, at any cost.

Jethro Knights, the main protagonist in my novel, also realizes this early in his life, after almost stepping on a landmine in a war zone (a similar incident happened to me in Vietnam’s DMZ while filming a story on bomb diggers). The revelation for Jethro is so sharp, so penetrating, so intense that nothing will ever be the same for him again.

It is from this vantage point that The Transhumanist Wager was written. And it is from the landmine experience that Jethro discovers the mortality crisis not only in himself, but in every human being alive. That crisis takes on the form of a wager—a choice that every human must make in the 21st Century: to die eventually; or to try to live indefinitely. And if we try to live indefinitely, then we should use every tool and resource of science and technology available to us, Jethro insists. And we should do it immediately.

This is the quintessential message of The Transhumanist Wager—as well as my own message to the world as an author and philosopher. A rational and scientific-minded society owes itself the strictest dedication to applying its resources and minds to overcoming that which has been the greatest downfall of our species: our mortality.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Transhumanist-Wager-ebook/dp/B00AQQSY60/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381192394&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Transhumanist+Wager

Follow him on Twitter! https://twitter.com/zoltan_istvan
For more information on the novel go to his site http://www.transhumanistwager.com