On the home front, looking at the carnage of two rotten trees in our front yard makes me philosophical about loss.
I think it’s good to remember, to try to make sense of loss, to let yourself feel the sadness.
I also think it’s helpful to focus on what’s left, not necessarily on what’s gone.
Linking up on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Quick Lit.
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On to the books–
The Secret of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers by Matt Bird
I am fascinated by story. I believe with every fiber that story is one of the most powerful teaching tools, and probably the most underutilized.
I found Matt Bird’s observations to be insightful and helpful. His field of expertise is TV and film, but I think a lot of the principles he’s discovered are universally applicable.
Here’s a few gems:
“You must write for an audience, not just yourself.”
“Audiences don’t really care about stories; they care about characters.”
“Your story is not about your hero’s life; it’s about your hero’s problem.”
Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist
Five stars for being a wholesome, well-written YA.
It’s interesting to stop and think about what it’s like to be blind from birth. How impossible it is to picture anything. What it means for your social interactions.
Add the fact that you’re sixteen years old and transferring from a blind school to a public school.
This is an engaging, feel good story. Satisfying.
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
Viktor was a prisoner in a concentration camp in Germany. But, he was also a psychartrist. So, he analyzed the fellow prisoners, the ones who had given up hope and died and the ones who had the will to live.
He concluded that everyone needs to find their own reason for being on the planet: their life’s work. He had a book he was working on before he was imprisoned and he was also married.
Focusing his thoughts on finishing his book and seeing his wife again sustained him during the horrific experience of the concentration camp.
Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
The main premise of this book is that traditional PR, marketing and advertising with it’s big budgets and campaigns are no longer necessary for success.
Ryan Holiday should know. That was his field.
But today the playing field is leveled with desktop publishing, everyone as a photographer and social media taking your message viral.
I believe in some ways it’s easier than ever to get your message out. In other ways, you have more competition because everyone has access to what used to be only available to a few.
The challenge now is to stand out and be noticed in an avalanche of everyone promoting their message.
What are you reading this month?