Writer's Soup V
August 17, 2019
July brought much hot weather and rain and though it's too hot or kind of warm for soup, this kind of soup is good in any kind of weather. I hope you enjoy my latest newsletter where there's fun things to do and read about, and I hope it brings you comfort as my other newsletters may have too.
I believe I've mentioned this before in earlier issues, but for those who are new to my site or newsletters, I write fiction novels, short stories, and poems for middle grade, YA, some adult writings, and for the ageless. Besides this new newsletter, my blog has a new article also, number four. Please leave a comment if you wish at the blog or use my contact form if you want to leave your email for occasional special updates, announcements, and free writings. You can always ask for your email to be removed.
WORDS FOR THOUGHTS: (being it's August, the month that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born in 1797, I will make mention of her here - she is the author of the famous novel Frankenstein - and what she says about this story of images that came to her) "When I placed my head on my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, lifting the successive images that arose in my mind with vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie." She awakes in terror and tries to dispel the horrid vision of Dr. Frankenstein awaking to find the creature standing at his bedside. Only after a few moments does she realize that she had found her idea for a ghost story, and, ultimately, her husband urges her to expand this vision into a long tale. (Introduction by Diane Johnson, Bantam Books, Random House, NY, NY 1981)
It is a good time and month to read Frankenstein - or watch the movie - the original version or other version made, to experience the enormity of this author's brilliant imagination and skill in writing such a phenomenally great horror story. Grab some popcorn and shiver in joy.
Writing Prompt: Shade
- Lying in the shade heated thoughts die, worries turn to melted ice cream, and sadness skips over the grass to make a home away from home. Trees are the ultimate friend, deserving of our love and care for them like a brother or sister, for when they are gone from this world, there is no replacement.
- What if someone robbed all items that were moveable in your house and left a package on the floor wrapped as a present which had a gift tag attached. What's in the box and why was it left?
Note: Maybe these might trigger a story or a poem for you or you might want to look under my Writing Prompts website heading for something else you may like.
MEAT/BEANS, AND VEGETABLES
Reading Recommendations (I rate the following books in each age category excellent): YA
- Lauren Kate - Teardrop series - Teardrop Bk 1 - summaries from Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16070143-teardrop?ac=1&from_search=true
- Waterfall Bk 2 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19401029- waterfall?ac=1&from_search=true
- Mary Downing Hahn - One for Sorrow
SPICE - THINGS TO DO
Things to do on a rainy day for YA/Adult/MG
1) Have an Indoor Treasure Hunt
2) Create a Family Recipe Book
3) Camp in the Great Indoors
At last, a poem (all poems in this section in all of my newsletters are authored by me):
Do You Know
How traveled is the rain?
from here to there whence it came
How peaceful are the trees?
shuddering and blowing, not even please
How quiet is the snow?
whirling and swirling, cleaning our woes
How graceful is the wind?
when it batters away each tear and sin.
How happy is the sun?
when no one is looking, not anyone.
Giulietta Passarelli, Writer
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