What Does Mrs. Charbuque Look Like?

When describing the good points of The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque by Jeffrey Ford, the list is long and begins with the attention-getting cover. On the edition I downloaded from Instafreebie, an attractive woman dressed formally in what might be thought of as Victorian-era clothing leads me to believe this is a historical novel. The subtitle, “The Soul is a Dark Canvas,” makes me think there is a psychological element. A blurb from the Baltimore Sun says there is Art History, cool. It is not my strong interest but I like discovering new information. “Hitchcockian suspense,” the phrase doesn’t roll off the tongue but I am a fan of Hitchcock. “Pynchonesque augury,” seems a bit over the top and I don’t like Pynchon. With four pluses and one negative, I am going to read this. Also, I got it from Instafreebie. It sells for USD 6.99 on Amazon with no caveat for a KU read. The cover here is the Amazon cover.

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A Remarkable Reflection Exercise for Year’s End 2017

I first downloaded Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur as a free sample. The power of the offered sample led me to download the full collection of poetry immediately. The sample was so good I would have paid the USD 4.99 price but I took advantage of KU to read for free. I will look for this in print; it is a book I want to keep around and show like-minded readers. This mesmerizing reading experience began even before I got to the content of the full work. I wanted to know about this writer. Clicking on a convenient hyperlink I learned she is based in Canada and is of Punjabi descent. What an interesting name. Where is she from? I followed her Facebook and Twitter pages. They are so interesting that I spent a lot of time reading snippets of her work as well as the work of writer followers. I almost forgot to come back to the book I had just downloaded. Those sites have beautiful prose, poetry, photos, and pictures. Off to Wikipedia where I was impressed by her background and the recounting of an interesting conflict with Instagram. Milk and Honey is great poetry. I don’t read poetry. I need to get out more.

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Audible Surprises

This is a free 30-minute selection from Audible.com. Offered by email as a Christmas present to Audible.com members, I believe it will interest many members to look for the follow-up episodes. Melissa Lopez received a mysterious voicemail message five months prior; it was from an unknown phone number and sounded like a female calling for help. Rediscovering the message in the present time, Melissa decides to pursue the matter as a radio documentary program for a class project. Classmate Nick has found a newspaper clip reporting a police account of a girl missing near the date on which Melissa received the call. Melissa is on a mission to solve a mystery and complete a class project. The missing girl, Anna Winslow according to the police, was also a student at the university Melissa attended. Friends assumed Anna had walked away from university because of too much pressure. According to one of her professors, Anna was brilliant and could develop into a world-class researcher in linguistics … if she could overcome some hearing problems. After initially disappearing for two weeks, Anna showed up at the campus with hearing completely restored. Two weeks later she disappeared again. Just prior to her last disappearance but after regaining her hearing, Anna had been hearing voices that no one else could hear. She began public outbursts that disturbed all around her. Finally, she disappeared again. There were a few calls from Anna to her best friend, Laura. In a final call, Anna wanted to relay a message to Laura given her by Laura’s grandfather. That relative had been dead for eleven years and there was no way that Anna could have known about him.

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Twittering Tale #64 – 26 December 2017

Kat challenges you to reflect on the notion of time as 2017 quickly approaches its own demise. One of the lovers in this tale may have had a very limited 8-minute existence in 2018. Or maybe it is just past noon on one of the few days left in 2017. It might be grandpa’s watch noting the time when gramps stopped working. Kat provides us a picture prompt, a rather sad and sober (oh, no!! It is not the time for sober!) interpretation of the picture, and a challenge. You have the time. The semester is over, exams are done, grades are posted, so why not sit back, reflect on what is done, and think about “watching” for new opportunities in the new year.

I reblogged this as soon as I saw it to give all of you as much time as possible to participate in the challenge. Now, taking my own advice, I will retreat into a coma like state of reflection to come up with my own “Twittering Tale.”

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About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a photo prompt. Your mission, if you choose to accept the challenge, is to tell a story in 280 characters or less. When you write your tale, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale.

A final note: if you need help tracking the number of characters in your story, there is a nifty online tool that will count for you at charactercountonline.com.

I will do a roundup each Tuesday, along with providing a new prompt. And if for some reason I missed your entry in the Roundup, as I have occasionally done, please let me know. I want to be sure to include your tale.

Finally, have fun!

And REMEMBER…you have 280 characters (spaces and punctuation included), to tell your tale…and a week to do it. I can’t wait to see what you create…

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Religion or Myth?

I read Dream On by Erik Carter in an advance copy form. I was happy that I did not find typos and evidence of poor editing as is sometimes the case with advance copies. I was even more happy that this was a pleasant read with an interesting premise that held my attention throughout the novel. Carter points out in a beginning author note that the novel centers around a controversial religious theory and the author points out a source for further research. As I began to read, I expected that there would be some huge religious-based revelation that would produce chaos across cultures. But there is more to it than that.

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Interview with the Amazing Poet, Writer, and Blogger Kat Myrman #amwriting #interview #nonfiction

Here is an interesting blog about bloggers and writers. This particular interview interested me because of the interviewee, Kat Myrman. On average, I reblog something from her once per week but I read her blog every day. The content is varied. There is poetry that may show up as a haiku or in a much more complex form which she usually explains in a type of notation that I just accept. As a non-poet, I can’t appreciate the rhyming schemes but the content is impressive and evocative.

Read through the post and follow the links for a Kat Myrman sampler. As you are reading, consider this. She works as an Executive Assistant from 0900 to 1700. And on several days in a week, she may post creative content more than once per day.

On my blog, I even have a category for Kat Myrman. Not a tag, a category. Her writing will jolt your brain awake and make you a better worker. This works for me, your time zone may differ.


Welcome to another blogger and writer interview. Today I’m sharing with you an interview with the kind, amazing and talented Kat Myrman. Her blog is called: Like Mercury Colliding – Moments of Unexpected Clarity.

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1. Kat, Please Tell Us About Yourself and Some of Your Wonderful Published Work?

My Blog is called “Like Mercury Colliding.” and I have always loved to write, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I had the courage to upload my writing in the form of a blog. I’ve never published my own book, but I have been featured in a few anthologies and in online digests including:

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