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Write or read?

Write, or read?

Could you give up one or the other? Can you ever be a good writer but not read?

‘Would you rather give up writing for the rest of your life but have all the time you wanted for reading… or give up reading for the rest of your life but have all the time you want for writing?’

This is the question Rachelle Gardner asks in a recent post. http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/

To me reading and writing go together, no doubt. I cannot see myself giving one up for the other. I’m an avid reader, always has been. I was the child coming home weighed down by my findings at whichever library we lived near at the time. I learned foreign languages through my need to read. I’d pick up whatever I could lay my hands on to satisfy this need.

My children are the same. I read to them the moment I was born. I got funny looks at a time when it was not yet trendy. The result is a house full of books, our cars too. The smallest of journeys is spent with a nose in a book. They read at the table while eating if we let them. My children are bilingual as a result, my daughter has better spelling than French children her age and even older ones. OK, OK, stop bragging, I hear you.

And writing? At school, I hated the constraints imposed by teachers. Write like this, don’t deviate. I went to schools where teachers did not encourage creativity. I was the child who would write and rewrite…changing details until the very last minute.

Then I went to university. I had fantastic teachers there, ones who recognised and encouraged creativity. Life has its ups and downs, some of them delaying me for a while, but deep down I never stopped. The stories are in my head. I used to think I was slightly mad, or worse. Was I normal? What is normal anyway?

These stories have to come out eventually. I still read as I write. I feel torn at times, wanting to finish a book but characters calling me to get on with the story I’m writing. Lucky for me I’m a fast reader and a furious writer. Once the story starts forming in my head, I’m compelled to write it, so hard to stop. So I do amidst the chaos in my life, little blonde heads demanding attention…

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Why we need good books

Good books, songs, poems…

  • to make you think
  • to open your mind
  • to entertain you and distract you
  • to make you dream
  • to exorcise the pain within you
  • to make you laugh
  • to transport you to another place

and so much more…

And these two, just like Mummy and Daddy, they can never have enough books !


What’s in a review?

Interesting article on book reviews

“I never read a book I must review,” quipped Oscar Wilde, “It prejudices you so.” Aggrieved authors everywhere nod their heads in knowing, useless triumph. For who but a reviewer pledged to willful Wildean ignorance could have decided, asThe Saturday Review once did, that The Great Gatsby is “an absurd story,” suggesting that “Mr. F. Scott Fitzgerald deserves a good shaking.” The rebuke might have sent old Scott to shaking another highball or three, though it won’t find many defenders today.

Tolstoy, too, must have been perplexed to learn, upon opening The Odessa Courier one afternoon, that Anna Karenina was “sentimental rubbish.” Or imagine Walker Percy’s surprise, not to mention dismay, when The New Yorker said of his novel The Moviegoer, which would go on to win the National Book Award: “Mr. Percy’s prose needs oil and a good checkup.” Meanwhile, across the street, The New York Times proclaimed Percy “a breathtakingly brilliant writer,” declaring The Moviegoer “believable and moving.”

The conspiracy-minded might suspect that Percy’s publisher bought a bigger ad in the Times, putting its foot on the scale. But though no human enterprise operates in a vacuum wholly absent quid pro quo, decent publications don’t do naked bartering like that anymore—though it was rampant up through the glory days of Hearst. Individual reviewers occasionally have scores to settle—or more often debts of gratitude to repay—but it’s a safe bet that the divergent opinions of The Moviegoer were held in earnest by their reviewers.

So what is the well-intentioned reader to do? What is a book review anyway? Who is it for? How much does it have to do with the book that inspired it in the first place—its ostensible raison d’etre?

Read the rest of this article:

Book Reviews: What We Talk About When We Talk About Books

A change of scenery

A change of scenery :

  • to let go of die-hard habits
  • to take time out and reflect
  • to enjoy precious time with our children.

A change of scenery will do you good, that old cliché …

It is true though, as long as you can let go and appreciate it.

A change of scenery makes me see all I have. I watch my children grow up so quickly. Where have all the years gone ?

This change of scenery to try to get myself better, recharge my batteries and try to forget my health problems.

I’m reading some wonderful books, abandoning the not so good ones, no time to waste.

I’m writing of course, as always, spurred even more by this change of scenery , a commotion of ideas and words exploding in my brain. So much I want to write !

❧❧❧ and yet, it’s so peaceful here, sheltered from everything …

©elleonthego


Why I blog…

Blogging is very different from the writing I usually do.I end up talking about very personal events in my life which I hadn’t previously done.

For someone who was once rather timid, this has come as a surprise.Normally I hide behind a pseudonym which gives my imagination a free rein.

I am very passionate and reactive and therefore tend to jump at the deep end.

Writing a blog, I find is an excellent way to ley out the torrent of thoughts and ideas raging in my head.

It is very liberating.I choose to write about anything I like and I haven’t got any deadlines to meet or an editor to please.

So, here I am, sometimes writing about highly personal events in my life, sometimes reacting to news or anecdotes and often expressing my love to my Dear Ones.

I’m very opiniated, that’s the way I am.I make no apologies for it.I hope you’ll enjoy reading me, it’s always a pleasure reading your comments and getting to know new people.

Thank you for reading me,

Elle