Book review – Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

I’m not sure if I finished my next book. I read the words, ‘THE END’ several times. But I didn’t actually ready every page. If you’re wondering what I am talking about, then think back to your early reading years when you read the classic, Choose Your Own Adventure books*. Romeo and/or Juliet is one…

Book review – Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss

Oh The Places You’ll Go, What a book to behold. The messages inside Tell what must be told. For we all need reminding, Yes, we do indeed, That sometimes in life We don’t get what we need. We will stumble and fall, And fall over we must, For that’s how we learn To get out…

Top 3 even older books

Last week, I posted on my favourite books over five years old. But that’s hardly old. Five years ago, an earthquake hit Japan causing a tsunami. Five years ago, Steve Jobs died. Five years ago, we saw the last Harry Potter movie hit the screens. Do we remember all these events? Of course we do,…

Tools to help you write (pen excluded)

Listening to a great song can make you run up a hill faster. Silence can focus your concentration during an exam. And candlelight can bolster romantic feelings during a special dinner. Like all these pairings, there are certain things which support the act of writing. Here’s a list of situations and activities which I have…

WOW! I want to write a book!

When I tell people that I am writing a book, I get one of three standard responses; 1) I could never do that, 2) Do I have a great story idea for you? Or 3) Oh, wow! I’ve always wanted to do that.   The people in the first category are probably the smart ones…

Tsundoku

A friend recently introduced me to a new word; tsundoku. It is a condition in which the sufferer feels a strong need to buy more books than they can possibly read. This can also be linked to a fear of running out of good books. While I may be in slight denial about the first…

The Great Wall of Mexico and other strange musings

There are some people in my life, who are amazed that I can come up with so many stories. How could I possibly be so creative and make all the stories so different? What they don’t understand is that the wonder is two-directional; how can they have such a solid grounding in realty? I wonder…

When I Grow Up…

As children, we are often asked, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I find this to be a strange question; one that tells us at an early age that what we choose to do for a living will define us as human beings. Perhaps a less guiding question would be, ‘What…

Where did my wisdom go?

Hello. You may have noticed my complete lack of wordpress contact over the last month. Or perhaps you didn’t notice because you’ve only just found this page, in which case, welcome. But the reason for my absence is quiet simple; I had my wisdom teeth out. Not just a jab and a pull, but a…