My Top 7 Influences As A Writer

“People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.” – T. S. Eliot This is so true that we are often influenced unwittingly by our favorite authors! Young writers especially tend to imitate the style of whatever author they are currently infatuated with. I've certainly been guilty of that in my early years as a writer. … Continue reading My Top 7 Influences As A Writer

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When I Just Can’t

(No spoilers) I finished it. The last book in The Wingfeather Sagas series by Andrew Peterson. It--and the whole series--deserves a proper, lengthy, analysis of its rich themes and insights. But I can't do it. Not yet. Maybe never. It's been humorously said that books you like are easy to discuss sensibly but that books … Continue reading When I Just Can’t

Seabird

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (A 300-words-or-less review) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0395266815/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0395266815&linkCode=as2&tag=livinheassha-20 Something between a picture book and a novel, Seabird makes for a pleasant summer afternoon's reading or a periodic before-bed-time story with something there to spark the imagination of both the adult and the child too young to read it on his own. I loved the imagery and word pictures. … Continue reading Seabird

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1613822847/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1613822847&linkCode=as2&tag=livinheassha-20 Summary & Analysis (contains spoilers) Gulliver's Travels, before it is anything else, is a satire--both on human nature and travellers' journals such as Robinson Crusoe--which means there is far more to it than meets the eye and nothing is as it seems. The novel is divided into four "books" or four distinct adventures. … Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

A Tale of Two Cities –a summary and analysis

I wrote the following review in June of 2012 when I was 17 years old. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1493599917/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1493599917&linkCode=as2&tag=livinheassha-20   (*contains spoilers*) I loved A Tale of Two Cities. The themes of resurection and sacrificial love were compelling and strikingly Christian. Charles Dickens had a gift for capturing characters through dialogue, he's witty and I love his … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities –a summary and analysis