"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Monday, April 23, 2018

Potter and Shakespeare Fun

Last week I mentioned throwing literary parties. I shared links to a few I've had in the past, and let you know I was about to host a "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" party. Here is the link to a few pictures from that party if you are interested: My Harry Potter World Party

Also, in case you haven't heard, today is "National Talk Like Shakespeare Day". It's observed on April 23, in honor of the author's birthday. To learn more about this celebration, check out the official site at: http://www.talklikeshakespeare.org/

About six years ago, I shared my own interest in Shakespeare in an article at Southern Writer's Magazine. You can check that out here: For the Love of Shakespeare.

For other great reads, Shakespeare fans should check out:

25 Romances for Shakespeare Fans
English, Irish, and Scottish Poetry
All the World's a Stage: Great Drama

Do you enjoy themed parties? What was your favorite? Are you a Shakespeare fan? Will you be celebrating today? 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Party Like the Book...Again

About five years ago I wrote a post Party Like the Book in which I shared my love for planning literary themed parties. If you read my original post, you can find links to 10 different examples (both mine and others) of book themed parties.

My enjoyment and execution of this idea has not diminished over time. I still enjoy them, and have planned a few more. I am currently planning a "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" themed party. I include "Wizarding World of..." because I'm including touches of "Fantastic Beasts", fan fiction inspired ideas, and "Unofficial Harry Potter" ideas in this party. I'll share pics and more info later.

For now, if you'd like to see more examples of my parties:

What Makes a Rainbow - young children LOVE rainbows, and this book especially. Here are pics of some of our "colorful" fun: https://www.pinterest.com/sylvianey/my-what-makes-a-rainbow-party/

Wonderland Tea Party – My girls are both fans of Lewis Caroll’s Alice. We've actually used this one several times. Here are some pictures of our party designs: http://pinterest.com/sylvianey/my-alice-tea-party/

Dr. Seuss – This party can be adapted to a single Seuss book theme such as Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, Lorax, etc. Here are some pictures from the party for my girls: http://pinterest.com/sylvianey/my-dr-seuss-party/
Have you planned a Book Themed Party? Ever attended one? What theme would you love to see?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Celebrating the 60th National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2018  with the theme, "Libraries Lead."

The 2018 National Library Week celebration marks the 60th anniversary of the first event, sponsored in 1958.

Misty Copeland serves as 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair. In 2015, Misty was promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African American woman to ever be promoted to the position in the company’s 75-year history. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Life in Motion and her 2014 picture book, Firebird, won the "Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award" in 2015. Her new book, Ballerina Body, an instant New York Times Bestseller, published in March 2017. 

To learn more about Copeland and this weeks hosted events click here.

Most writers and readers adore their local libraries, and it's often an included vacation locale. However, many don't realize the full range of services a good library offers. For great examples, check out this article at The Write Life.

Are you, or your local libraries, celebrating with any special events this year? What is your favorite aspect of libraries?

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

IWSG: Dig Deep

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive.Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Don’t forget to visit others that day to see their answers. Want to join, or learn more? Visit our - Sign-up List.

APRIL QUESTION: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

MY ANSWER: I've actually written about this before. So many things can affect our writing. Here are a few things I recommend:


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

No A to Z for Me

As you can tell, I decided to pass on participating in the "A to Z Blog Challenge" this year. I just have too much on my plate. However, I did enjoy the seven years that I participated. I made a lot of new friends, and learned some amazing things.

If you're participating, I wish you the best of luck. I will be popping by for a visit as time allows.

If you'd like to learn morehttp://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

I'll see you tomorrow for the IWSG post!

Have you participated before? Are you participating this year?

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Innkeeper's Daughter

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue... until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

This is the second book I have read by Michelle Griep, and just like the last, she has come so close to an excellent story. I enjoyed the premise, liked most of the characters, and could “see” the settings. Part romance, part adventure, and part espionage formed an interesting and driving creation.

Unfortunately, some of the character motivations and reactions either came across as unbelievable, or cliché. And several events, sayings, or reactions became repetitive in their nature.

Overall, this is an enjoyable tale by a promising author. Poignant moments and beautiful sentiments relayed by main characters on their journey of bravery and self-sacrifice make this a recommendable Christian read. I look forward to Griep’s next release.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Monday, March 26, 2018

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

Every April, a massive blog fest occurs. In this challenge you pick your own theme and each day of that month, except Sundays, your post revolves around consecutive letters of the alphabet.

I first joined this movement of support and fellowship in 2011, and have since completed the challenge seven years in a row. Some years I have visited nearly 2000 blogs in the month of April. I've enjoyed making new friends, trying new things, and stretching my limits.

However, I'm vacillating over whether to commit to it again this year, and if so, what theme should I choose (you don't need one, but I think it helps).

If you've participated in the past, you know the format is changing again this year. As of the time I began this post, more than 500 bloggers are signed up to participate this year.

If you'd like to learn more: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Have you participated before? Will you be participating this year?