Book Review: ‘Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, & What Matters In The End’ By Atul Gawande | Changing Pages

I would say to read this book. It may make you despair, but it may also make you think sensibly about your own future or the future of those you love.

Book Review: ‘The Bees By Laline Paull’ | Changing Pages #WomenWriters

This is one of the most innovative and imaginative novels I have read in a very long time. Abandon yourself to the magic and dive right in. I can fairly confidently say you’ll never look at a bee in quite the same way again.

Book Review: ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ By Katherine Arden | I’ve Read This #WomenWriters

Another aspect of this novel that I really enjoyed was the winter setting and atmosphere. Arden does a superb job of creating a visceral environment for the reader. I felt the cold when outdoors with the characters and I reveled in the warm firelight that they huddled around at night. #WomenWriters

Book Review: ‘This Sweet Sickness’ By Patricia Highsmith | Changing Pages #WomenWriters

She was known to be keen to show that right does not necessarily prevail and in fact justice is often not done. This book does both of these things cleverly. #WomenWriters

Book Review: ‘Today Will Be Different’ By Maria Semple | I’ve Read This #WomenWriters

“Her snarky attitude is something I really liked as well — and the fact that she does naughty things, like steal a key chain from a young mom that irritates her.” #WomanWriters

“Excerpt: On Perfectionism By Anne Lamott” | Signature’s ‘The Writer’s Guide to Poetry’ #OnWriting

This week, in celebration of Poetry Month, I’ll be chatting about writing by reviewing snippets of Signature’s The Writer’s Guide to Poetry — A highly recommended read for any-level writer. #Poetry

Experimentation is a gift that perfectionism holds back. Being a perfectionist isn’t always a bad thing — but if we allow it to dominate our thoughts and our creativity, then it can take a while to breakthrough and to refocus our energy.

“Taking Flight” | Signature’s ‘The Writer’s Guide to Poetry’ #OnWriting

This week, in celebration of Poetry Month, I’ll be chatting about writing by reviewing snippets of Signature’s The Writer’s Guide to Poetry — A highly recommended read for any-level writer. #Poetry

“I find the ache, and I listen, with all my heart, for what it means to me the most. I listen, and then do my best to let it sing.” –Tyler Knott Gregson

Book Review: ‘Perfect World’ By Ian Colford | I’ve Read This #ShiftYourPerspective

This tightly written novel is fiction at its most simple and pure — a look into someone else’s life and the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes. #ShiftYourPerspective

#ShiftYourPerspective: The #Hashtag | It’s About Understanding The Power Of Value

The idea that I am taking with The Black Lion Journal is that of reframing and reinterpretation. #ShiftYourPerspective means not just switching points of view in hopes to create empathy; It’s about understanding the power of value.

End-Of-Year Mashup | Thank Yous, List Of Inspiring Contributors & Submitters, Plus A Few Updates For You

We all have to make the best of our circumstances; and for me, that includes making the best out of the support that I’ve had from everyone this past year. Thank you for allowing me to feature so many amazing individuals. I look forward to showing you more amazing stuff and people this new year. Word of the day is appreciation. Appreciate what you’ve got and who you are!

#FlashbackFriday | Two Books On Noticing And Paying Attention: Brief Words On Patricia Ryan Madson’s Improv Wisdom And Alexandra Horowitz’s On Looking

My world feels occupied by so many metaphorical squirrels. Some might call them distractions. I like to think of them as evidence that everything is connected and thus requires exploration.

James Matlack Raney’s Lord Of The Wolves Is A Powerful Story Of Strength, Purpose, And Heroism

With every turn of the page, we begin to understand that there is more than one kind of strength to be valued — and James Matlack Raney does a marvelous job in delivering that message.

Interview | James Matlack Raney Talks To Us About Lord Of The Wolves, Finding Inspiration From Experience, & Subduing Writer’s Doubt (With Tips For Beginner Writers!)

I asked James if he would take some time from his busy schedule for an interview with The Black Lion Journal to talk about what he’s been up to so far and his transition from the Jim Morgan series to Lord of The Wolves.

Classic Lit: Reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

David Copperfield was engaging and I got to the end of it feeling very pleased to have read it.