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150 Pages of Big Magic

Hello Dear Followers,

Big MagicIn the short time I’ve followed author Elizabeth Gilbert, (particularly after “Eat,Pray,Love” came out),  I realized she isn’t just some author she is a good friend.  So it is no wonder when she wrote the following words that I thought of my dear friend who has been imparting the same exact wisdom that Liz is bestowing upon those reading her wonderful book “Big Magic.”

The passage that struck a chord with me is this:  “Let people have their opinions. More than that, let people be in love with their opinions, just as you and I are in love with ours. But never delude yourself into believing that you require someone else’s blessing (or even their comprehension) in order to make your creative work.”  

The line that struck me is this (wait for it) – “And always remember that people’s judgements about you are none of your business.” 

Done.

For me personally, this doesn’t only speak volumes in terms of my “creative work” but also in my personal life.  I have struggled tremendously with this over the years, and as I have gotten older I realized that I can’t stop anyone’s opinions no more than anyone can stop mine.  So why bother getting all bothered by it?

When I read this entire passage, I said,  “what did my friend have a chat with Liz about this?” Because she has been telling me those exact words forever.  And I still don’t think I can wrap my head around it.

Of course Liz had some other wonderful passages to share with her readers, but I will not give it away because you definitely need to take the time to immerse yourself in her book, especially if you are like me who is trying to live a creative life though writing and reading regularly.

To add to the passage above, here is another line I love – “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to. Actually don’t even bother answering, just keep doing your thing.” 

Until next time folks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cat for Cathy

Hello Dear Followers,

It’s been a while since my last post, but I wanted to share with you a new author that has recently published her first children’s book titled “A Cat for Cathy” by Theresa Miller with illustrations by Christina Sanchez.

It is simply a delightful book for children and adults alike will definitely enjoy.

It tells the story of eight-year-old Cathy who wanted nothing more than a pet cat.  She didn’t think her parents would get her one, so she hatches a plan to get one. Cathy finds a stray cat and took her home in hopes her parents would let her keep it.  But little does she know, her Dad has a bigger surprise for her.

I enjoyed the book so much, and I think any parent who has experienced their child wanting a pet will enjoy this too.  Who doesn’t remember being a kid and wanting a pet and trying everything you can to get one?  I certainly do!

What I also loved about this book were the illustrations by Christina Sanchez.  It is vibrant and alive and really catches the true essence of the story.

Theresa Miller isn’t just a book author, she is also a wonderful co-worker of mine, and I just found out she was an author a few weeks ago and thought I would give her a little shout out here on my book blog.  I thought the best way for me to do that was to interview her myself, so here you go and enjoy!

A Cat for Cathy

 

DF: What made you start writing?

TM: At a young age I enjoyed reading. I remember in middle school, I picked out a book by Langston Hughes and I loved it. I can’t recall the name, but his poetry made me want to write. I started then. Whenever the teacher gave us an assignment to write an essay or story on a topic, my stories were always considered way to long. I remember one time the teacher said, great story but too long. Try cutting it down, I always thought if I cut it down, then there’s no story. That was the hard part. But at home I kept a notebook and just wrote, whenever something popped in my head, no matter what time it was I had to write it down. I have folders and folders of my poetry and other stories.

DF: Where did your inspiration come with “A Cat for Cathy?”

TM: I was visiting my mentee one day and she didn’t want to read. She was having a bad day. I said alright, how about I tell you a story. She said ok. I starting making up a story about a little girl that wanted a cat. My mentee said, hey you’re not reading out of a book. I said I know, it’s coming from my brain. She said I like it. At that very moment, I said to myself, hmm…if she likes it then what other child would. That’s how A Cat for Cathy was started.

DF: What have you enjoyed most about writing this book?  And Why?

TM: Thinking of different ideas, how to organize the book. Thinking of how Cathy should look as well as the cats. I rewrote the middle part several times. I wanted something that I knew I did as a child, and what my nieces and nephews did when they really wanted something. My older son wanted a toy so bad when he was young and I remember stick figure pictures on my dresser and he placed one in my purse one time. Those memories made me rewrite the middle. How Cathy came up with her game plan.

DF: What message do you hope to convey with this book and books going forward?

TM: I want children to be able to read about different experiences that children may go through. But enjoy the story as well. Every child has a story to tell. This story may relate to a child who actually thought of doing this or actually did.

DF: What do you think children and parents alike will enjoy about this book?

TM: How Cathy was determined to get a cat. How you don’t give up on what you want in life. How Cathy and her mother hung flyers about the cat she found in the park.

DF: When you aren’t writing, what are you doing?

TM: Reading. I love to read. Barnes & Noble and I are the best of friends.

DF: What was your favorite children’s book?  And Why?

TM: I can’t just give one answer. I will say this; my author when I was a child is Judy Blume. I loved her books. From Freckle Juice, Blubber, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge and many more. Her books were exciting and I remember waiting for the book order form that was handed out in class and I always ordered her books.

DF: What are your plans going forward?

TM: Going forward I plan to continue writing more children books. “Andy’s Ant Farm,”  my second book, is with my editor now. That should be available in March or April. While that is being edited, I am currently writing my third.

DF: Is there a part of this book you want to highlight?

TM: Yes, when Cathy finds the stray cat. I wanted children to know how important it is to find the owner. The fact that flyers were hung and a number was given, it showed that she tried, but more importantly they gave Forrest a home.

DF: What advice would you give other aspiring writers?

TM: Keep writing. Don’t give up. There is always a way to get your stories out. If you tried to get published, but received letters or an email saying no, not interested. Don’t give up. Keep going and keep writing. I did self publishing. I read up on it, I watched videos on you-tube. My support system, my family, encouraged me. Once A Cat for Cathy was completed, they were amazed, shocked and I was told it’s about time. Never give up and let a no discourage you.

Theresa’s book is available as an e-book on Amazon.com.  I also strongly encourage you  to visit her Facebook page  “Reesee Books”  too!

My Plans for 2012

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Hello Dear Followers,

I have a lot of plans for this blog in 2012. I am totally excited about this.  I plan to be more dedicated at posting. Starting Sunday, I will post on a weekly basis.

I hope you will share your thoughts with me as well. They are always welcome! I plan to include more guest bloggers, and I already have a few lined up and  I am always looking for more! So please send me your thoughts about what you are reading! They may be sent to Dm4tay@aol.com.  Or find me on Facebook at – Books From My Closet and on Twitter at @BooksFrMyCloset.

I’d also love some new ideas about what I can do for this blog, I want it to be so much more than it was the first year. So please your suggestions are welcome! Thanks so much for your commitment to following my posts and I look forward to  speaking to you!

Until next time…

– Daniela

Happy Anniversary to Books From My Closet!

Hello Dear Followers,

I just wanted to write something quick to say Happy One Year Anniversary to Books From My Closet! I have to say I have had an awesome time writing and reviewing my books and continue to look forward to another great year with many great books ahead.

I have had the chance to meet a community of people in the last year that share my love of reading and writing and I was introduced to a wonderful array of characters with whom I had the chance to connect with on a deeper level.

I want to thank everyone who has followed along with me as I read books on Louisa May Alcott to Elizabeth Gilbert and more recently Erin Blakemore.

Here is a look back at the books from 2011 –

2011 –

1. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” By Jean-Dominique Bauby

2. “Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage” By Elizabeth Gilbert

3. “Middlesex” By Jeffrey Eugenides

4. “Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography” By Susan Cheever

5. “Ghellow Road”  By T.H. Waters

6. “Marry Him” by Lori Gottlieb

7. “The Rescue” by Nicholas Sparks

8. “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder

9. “The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd

10. “The Relatives” by Judy Mayhew

11. “Hostage In Time” by Linda Lauren

12. The Heroine’s Bookshelf – Erin Blakemore

I look forward to more great books by wonderful authors past and present.  Please stay tuned to my final review of Ms. Blakemore’s book “The Heroine’s Bookshelf”  and my new book choice for January!

A Guest Post by Linda Lauren

Hello Dear Followers,

Last month I featured author Linda Lauren’s new book “Hostage in Time” and invited her as a guest blogger on my blog whenever she was available. She recently sent me this via e-mail after my review of her book. Enjoy!

My Experience Writing Hostage in Time

By Linda Lauren

I want to thank Daniela Forte for her positive review of my paranormal time gravel romance, Hostage in Time, and for the invitation to share my thoughts on the novel with her readers as a guest on her blog.

Hostage in Time  was a labor of love for me as I have always enjoyed reading a good time travel and wanted to write one myself.  I can define 1979 to 1989 by the amount of time travel novels I had read. They were being released fast and furiously and I was only too happy to lose myself in their pages.  Aside from obvious choice of H.G. Wells , some of the great time travel romance authors include Constance O’Day Flannery, Richard Matheson and Jack Finney, all highly respected authors on the NY Times Bestsellers list.  Some of you might recall the more mainstream work of Matheson who’s novel Bid Time Return was made into the popular film Somewhere in Time; Finney is known for his incredibly detailed work in Time And Again; and O’Day-Flannery has a string of some very wonderful novels like Second Chances.

As a psychic medium I have my own beliefs regarding the possibility of time travel. I have personally had two episodes of time travel and one astral travel experiment that adds credence to my belief that traveling thru time is possible. I had always fantasized about writing a story that incorporated my love of Historic Preservation and history, with the concept of time travel.

From 1989 to 1999 I wrote and completed ten paranormal time travel romance novels, placed each in its own manuscript box and put them in my office closet to await further action.  Hostage in Time was the last one I finished.  My mother passed away that year, and my practice got busier and before I knew it another decade had gone by. (Poor Amanda and Jonathan!)  It wasn’t until this past year that I found some time to update the manuscript for publication.

When I picked Hostage in Time up again it was with a wisdom I hadn’t had when I first penned all that romance and mayhem! The fact that I now had the benefit of the technology of today to move my story forward, allowed me to further enhance it to an exciting new level.  I fell in love with the characters and the story all over again, wishing that I could be a guest at the fictional Serenity, enjoying the company of the Brisbanes.

For more information please visit http://lindalauren.com/ , Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Apple iBooks.

 Also, just to let you all know dear followers, Books From My Closet is still hosting a giveaway for “The Heroine’s Bookshelf” by Erin Blakemore. Please feel free to tell me who your favorite literary heroine is and the book could be yours! Until next time ~ Daniela 

NanoWrimo

NanoWrimo 11

Hello Dear Followers,

So many of you may have seen my Facebook page post about joining NanoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month). It’s only day three and I am enjoying it so far. This is my first year doing it. Yesterday I created a plot or at least I have begun to develop a story line and characters. I don’t know if I am moving too fast or too slow or giving enough detail. I don’t know any of this.

Mid-way through my writing last night, I began to tear a bit which made proud because it seemed like I am making progress, I said to myself, “If I am seeing these two characters for who they are, then so will someone else.” Of course, I then realized my topic requires some research which I am not quite sure how to go about or what to do.

I am really enjoying it so far and remain steadfast in achieving the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. Oh yeah, that is the goal we all have to achieve. A little nuts, especially if you have a job and a life to attend to as well. But I am determined to get it done. Somehow.

Of course, like many writers, I begin to doubt my capabilities as a writer and the ability to find my true “voice.”

Oh well, I just thought I’d share this with you, I won’t reveal anything about the “novel” yet. Until next time

Playwright and Novelist Thornton Wilder

Hello Dear Followers,

Thornton Wilder

I realized  last week that this book may be done sooner than I expected, as I mentioned on Facebook, I believe.  The book/play is only 112 pages long. After page 112, the rest of the book talks about playwright Thornton Wilder. I thought I’d write a post about who he was as well, if you didn’t know already.

I have to admit I am not too familiar with him, I’ve heard his name several times, passed his name in the bookstore, but never really gave it much thought. I did however, know of “Our Town.” I’ve wanted to read it for a long time. For some reason the play always resonated with me I always felt a deep connection to the story.

Mr. Wilder was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1897,  just a few years before the turn of a century, a time filled  with many changes, cities were,  if not already becoming industrialized and some of world’s biggest inventions were on the brink of discovery. What a time to be alive and born!  With “Our Town” Mr. Wilder understands the American Dream, he encapsulates small town beliefs in a time when the world moved a little slower and everyone appreciates the little things in life.

According to the Mr. Wilder’s Web site, http://www.thorntonwilder.com, Mr. Wilder continues to be read and performed around the world. “Our Town” is performed at least once each day somewhere in this country , with his other major dramas and shorter plays not far behind.In 2008, “Our Town” and “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” were selected as a joint choice for the NEA’s “Big Read” Program.

Mr. Wilder is an accomplished novelist and playwright and in reading “Our Town” so far, I see how he is able to capture the simplicity of life in a small town.

In 1928, he won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Bridge of San Luis Bay,” the second of his seven novels and he received the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for “Our Town” in 1938 and “The Skin of Our Teeth” in 1943.

Mr. Wilder’s hit “The Matchmaker” was adapted as the musical “Hello, Dolly!” His work remains widely read and familiar around the world. His screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s psycho-thriller “Shadow of a Doubt in 1943 remains a classic psycho-thriller.

On April 17, 1997, the centenary of his birth, the US Postal Service unveiled the Thornton Wilder 32-cent stamp in Hamden, Connecticut, his official address after 1930 and where he died on December 7, 1975.

My Name Is Memory

Just a quick post – I finished “My Name Is Memory” by Ann Brashares. It was good read. It left a deep impression on me. I am hoping she turns it into a series. The story is definitely not finished!

Book 3 – “Middlesex”

I just finished Book 3 in “Middlesex” nearing the end with Book 4, I don’t have much to say at this point, I decided I will wait until the end to give my final view of this book. But I have to admit, I am itching for a new book.

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