WRITERS SOUP III
January 31, 2019
When it's very cold out and maybe the ground is laden with lots of snow, there's nothing so comforting as soup, especially after shoveling or after walking on a cold wintry and windy day, or after making a snowman.
Here's my next bowl of warm, comforting Writers Soup. I hope you read my first and second newsletters and enjoyed them. Part three entails another round of book and author recommendations, along with a writing prompt or two and samples of my writing.
For those new to my site or newsletters, I write fiction novels, short stories, and poems for middle grade, YA, and for the ageless. What's new: Besides Writers Soup III, I have included a blog on my site recently. My second blog article can be viewed starting the first week in February.
Words for thought: From the middle grade novel A Series of Unfortunate Events *The Bad Beginning*, Book the First, by Lemony Snicket, "If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. In this book, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle……"
I loved reading all thirteen books of this series which I have collected. For middle graders 9+ and for the ageless. You will want to read about all the terrible adventures of the Baudelaire siblings who lead lives of misery and woe. Remember, it's fiction with adventures you won't want to miss.
The fog drenched forest hid me from view. I could walk unseen. Slowly my breath abated with each soft step keeping my disguise a secret. The trees were my body. My feet rooted to the earth, quick but silent. I became like the forest, thick and dense, taking cover in the mists. Footsteps trailed behind me as broken branches underfoot revealed their presence. They were getting close, so close, but the falls were closer. I began to run leaving my steps no longer quiet nor my breath. I near the waters. The only exit is to jump. Grabbing a log, I leap down the falls until the log and I crash into the rushing waters, the log hugged to my chest. I spin to the water's rhythm, and spew gulps of water, coming up for air. There's only me now, safe and alone.
· A broken chair
Note: Maybe these will trigger a poem or a story or you might want to look under my Writing Prompts heading for something else you may like.
MEAT/BEANS, AND VEGETABLES
Reading Recommendations: YA
· Joan Steinau Lester – Black, White, Other – (In Search of Nina Armstrong)
· Karen Cushman – The Midwife's Apprentice
SPICE – THINGS TO DO
How to make homemade journals – for YA/adults – doable for middle graders with some help.
This site has many options for making bookmarks, all kinds, even recycled types – good for middle graders/and any age.
Keep reading and writing. Please scout around on my website to learn more about me and my writings. I bring you a bit of updated news every month now instead of weekly, new book/author suggestions, and new writing prompts, and enjoy my blog and newsletters too. Thank you always for visiting. Giulietta
At last, a poem:
The beauty of dreams is the hope they inspire
the relaxation they infuse as worries pass on by
satisfying as a fulfilling meal
breathtaking as a Picasso work of art
original as the one dreaming them
no one else can design them but you.
you are the master of your own dreams,
put out to the universe like sensors feeling your presence
like seasoning making your food taste better,
it brings all the sensations one can muster
into the place of cinematic adventures.
strings of light filtering through the atmosphere,
they lay upon the clouds delivering your messages
wonderful leaflets of color added to white puffs
streaming back into layers of your life
letting you dream again.
Giulietta Passarelli, Writer