(and may your children get lots of candy that you like to eat too.)
(and may your children get lots of candy that you like to eat too.)
Shalee: Which one is the easiest for you to prove?
Randy: Hmm… I’m not sure I can prove any of them. Like I said before, what might be true for me might not be true for you.
Shalee: What other truths would you add after having published the book?
Randy: I would add Truth #356 Writing a novel is hard but finding people to read your novel is harder.
Shalee: All the truths are applicable. Can you remember when you realized some of them?
Randy: Many of them came to me while I was driving. Driving, working, watching TV… For some reason, driving frees my mind. Many of them came when it was impossible to write them down. I put a tape recorder in the car and that helped a little bit. Some really good ones got away from me because I didn’t write them down.
Shalee: When did you start collecting them?
Randy: Shortly after I met Herb in 1996.
Shalee: Did you collect them with the intent of using them in a book?
Randy: No. Initially I did it to remind myself of things I felt I needed to remember. For example: Truth #16 Happiness is not a birthright - it’s a quest. Putting together a book of truths is largely an exercise in self-examination. It was an attempt to learn more about myself.
Shalee: I am curious about Truth#94. Who taught you that one?
Randy: I once knew a man whose job it was to unloaded trucks in a warehouse. It was hot, sweaty work and he bathed once a week whether he needed it or not. Usually on Friday night, so by Monday he was stinky again. You could often smell this man ten seconds before you would see him. Otherwise he was a nice guy but very hard to be around because he smelled so bad. And so came the realization of Truth #94, “It is hard to be friendly to someone with B.O.”
Shalee: You’ve said that much of the story actually happened. Can you put a number as to how much is fact and how much is fiction?
Randy: Seventy-five percent of this story happened in one form or another. The rest I made up mostly to aid with flow and readability.
Shalee: It appears that it was a conscious thought to include the World Trade Center in your story.
Randy: My intent with that reference was to fix Herb’s location in the mind of the reader. We all shared that experience no mater where we were in the world. We all know what we were doing and where we were when the event happened. It was an attempt to link the reader and the story to a particular point in time. To be truthful, that tiny reference bothers me now. If I could rewrite it, or delete it, I would.
Shalee: Were you in New York on 911?
Randy: No, I was at home in Colorado.
Shalee: Tell me about the photo on the back cover. Was it taken as described in the book?
Randy: I wish I could say yes, but I’m afraid that is not the case. The photo portrays the spirit of the place, but the location is different from where Herb rests.
Shalee: Thank you, Randy. Best wishes for your novel’s success. I’m looking forward to when your next published work is no longer looming over the horizon, but rather is sitting in my hands. When that happens, let me know; I’d love to talk with you again. It’s been surreal, but nice.
Randy: Thank you, Shalee. For me, this has been a pleasure.
|It does to me. Those are days when I could skip the java because my hear is already going and I am fully awake. Terrified, but awake.|
I've only read a few books since the last time I've posted. I kind of feel like I might be letting someone down... Go figure out that thinking. I mean, that thought is down right silly since the challenge is only with myself.
Susanne, finally I've read your recommendation, Rift in Time by Michael Phillips. This book was set on the premise of a non-believing archeologist finding Noah's Ark. The story that runs after the discovery involves the beginning of Adam Livingstone's understanding of God and His authority on earth, the individuals that God adds to his core group of collective friends and the worldwide powers of evil that is bent on stopping Livingstone's further research of discovering the Garden of Eden.
Although the premise was intriguing and set to be a great mystery, I found the writing to be annoying and entirely too detailed. (Sorry, Susanne.) Some things do not need to be written because the idea of an action implies a certain following. Really, when someone gets a cup of tea, the author should not point out every minute detail to this process... Just say that "She offered and poured him a cup of tea" and leave it at that! The book was about 150 pages too long due to this sort of unnecessary detailing. I found myself skimming sections that were completely irrelevant to the story just so that I finish the book.
Some characters where completely unnecessary and some situations just had me rolling my eyes. A star archeologist who wishes to keep his research under wraps (and tells his core team all the details in a private secure meeting) should know that if his actions have been divulged to the press, that there is either a mole in his group or his private area was bugged. He really wouldn't ignore the situation with an "oh well" reaction and then continue to tell someone that he doesn't trust details of his adventure to come. I was really bothered with the stupidity of some situations.
So Susanne, all this to say that I won't recommend the book to others unless they are into this kind of reading. I'm glad I tried it, but I don't think I'll be continuing the story in the second book, especially since you said that the second book wasn't as well-written or as interesting as the first book. I've too many others that I wish to read.
I've read the Tales of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo with my daughter. It became our nighttime reading book that we like to do together. What a delightful story! It is filled with adventure, excitement and the idea of good vs. evil. Not everything that happens is tied up in a pretty bow, but the story recognizes the value in holding onto hope, giving forgiveness, following your dreams and seeing love as the reason to brave, to be strong and to be full of honor in all of your actions.
All I can say is that if you haven't read this to your children or if it's not on your child's horizon, this book would make a fabulous Christmas gift.
I threw a book into my reading list that just looked interesting - The Doctor's Daughter by Hilma Wolitzer. The book was an easy read, as I chewed throught it in just a couple of days. I didn't know what to expect, as once again, I did not read the inside cover.
The story is set around a middle-aged wife and mother, Alice, who is struggling to find her place in life after being laid off from her editor position. She is complacent in her marriage, doting on her younger son and indecisive as to the direction of her life. Although New York City has a lot to offer in the way of jobs, she just can't seem to pull herself together. Along with this waffling in life, she has hidden angst against her husband and against her "perfect" parents. Things start to fall apart in every section of her life - her husband moves out, her body gives indication of a lump in her breast and her father who is in a nursing home causes more grief as well.
On a whim on day, she places an ad in the NY Times to be a "book doctor." She decides to read through selected manuscripts to edit them and to suggest parts to be rewritten, changed or sliced out altogether. Through this work she comes into a first time author with talent oozing from his pen. She becomes enraptured in the story and finds herself really wanting to know the author.
The story that ensues is Alice's journey to find out how her past affects her future, how decisions she makes today can be a result of indecision in her history, about how living under the guise of a perfect parentage can lead to heartache in her own. I really like how the author persued these revelations through hindsight, hidden memories, conversations and through Alice's bout with therapy. The progress seems natural, flawed (in a good sense as in the flaw of a person's rationalizing) and realistic. I recommend it, but please note that it is a secular book. I don't mean that it is graphic, but that there are situations in it that can make you uncomfortable.
Lastly, I've read one other book, but I want to tell you all about it next week. You'll see why I'm so excited about it starting on Tuesday.
If you wish to review my other Fall Reading Challenges, just follow the links below. Until then, Happy Reading!
Books I'm working on: Financial Peace University, Narnia Series, Bible - from Gal to Rev and a few others I've picked up since the forming of the list: Mercy Falls and The Sea. I hope to get Sheet Music in the weeks to come.
I attend a small neighborhood bible study and we are currently in search of
a new study to do. You seem to have a bead on Christian mom blogs and I thought
some of them would be able to suggest a new study book or author. We are just a
handful of overworked, interdenominational moms. We aren't looking for anything
as in depth as BSF, CBS, Beth Moore or the like because some of us are already
involved in similar studies. Just something we could read and discuss over
coffee to encourage one another as fellow Christians.
PastorMac's Ann over at It's Always A Production (ain't that the truth!) tagged me with little meme. So here goes.
1) Five Minutes to yourself. How would you spend them ideally? Well ideally I should say reading, but seeing how I usually get at least an hour to myself every morning because I wake up so stinkin' early, I'm going to step outside that box and list other things that I would like to do, such as (but in no way limited to!):
2) Five Dollars to spend right now. How or where would you spend it?
I would save it for the We Wanna Meet weekend coming up in just 17 days. I have a feeling that I did not save enough for all the food, fun and festivities that have been planned...
3) Five Items in your house you could part with right now?
4) Five Items in your house you absolutely, positively could never part with?
That's really all I can name. All the rest is just stuff. It would be rather inconvenient to lose anything, but as long as I had my family, we could make the rest work (after the tears about losing everything else, that is.)
*After creating this post, I went home to find the freezer door open with some food partially thawed. I kept reminding myself that it's just stuff, that I really meant what I wrote, that everything is okay in the long run, that God will replace that food... So I did mean what I wrote, I just had to talk myself into the truth of it. I just wish that God didn't have to give me such an expensive reminder. But for now, we'll be eating chicken or pork for a couple of days. Mr. Right barbequed some last night and I forsee some chops in our future. Sigh. But at least we have food. Thank you God. I'm really not whining; I'm just feeling the truth of the words.
5) Five Words (or phrases in my case) you love?
Apple Pie Autumn Everyone!
Photo: Don't try this at home.
(Okay, the funny thing about this picture was that I was stuffing my face with popcorn when the idea hit me to take a picture for this post. Does anyone recall what happens to popcorn when it hits the mouth? Yeah, I kept shoveling the popcorn in to make it look like bulges in my cheeks and it kept desintegrating which made me shove in more which kept desintegrating and then I'd swallow without thinking and have to start all over. I should have just switched to my stash of granola bars...)