• More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
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    More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn (author interview and blog tour sneak peek)

    Last spring, I received a bunch of upcoming releases from Wednesday Books. The cover of You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn caught my eye even before I picked it up and read the blurb. It had this “feel” of summer and, as I read the description of this YA contemporary about two country musicians, a vibe that just matched. When I did read it, a few months on, it was exactly what I needed – a layered, complicated but ultimately feel-good story with music as a bonus. You can read my review of it here. I was thrilled when I…

  • General,  Literary

    Music and Silence in the City of Shadows

    I’m not a poet. I write and read the occasional poem, but I’ve always been strongly inclined towards the prose form. Which is why this National Poetry Month has come as a bit of surprise where I had not one, but two of my poems published! I’m also working on a collaboration, so watch out for that over on the blog soon. Okay, back to the poetry. The first one, titled The City of Shadows, is a found poem (source text: Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind) published on UnLost Journal – http://unlostjournal.com/the-city-of-shadows/ The second one is an experiment…

  • Nocturnes - Kazuo Ishiguro
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    Nocturnes: Kazuo Ishiguro (Review)

    Ishiguro, K. (2009) Nocturnes. London: Faber and Faber. Up until 3 years ago, I have to admit that I hadn’t really heard of or read any of Ishiguro’s work. And then suddenly, within the span of a month, I ending up buying Never Let Me Go (novel) and the then recently released short story collection, Nocturnes because I liked what I read in the blurbs and the parts I’d briefly browsed through. I read the novel first and though it took me a few chapters to become really engrossed with the meticulously created world and its characters, I was hooked…

  • Calvin and Hobbes on Writing
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    INSPIRATION …

    Inspire: (to) stimulate for creative activity, animate (a person) with feeling, create (a feeling) in a person … Inspiration: creative force or influence, stimulating creativity, divine influence … This is how the Oxford Dictionary defines the words ‘inspire’ and ‘inspiration’. But ask most people and they will tell you that a mere definition of something like ‘inspiration’ is not enough to clarify it. In fact I will go so far as to say that the definition downright doesn’t do it justice. I could add a million quotes by famous people on their intrepretation of ‘inspiration’ but I’m not going to. I’m going to try and see…

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