Expected Doings in 2014

The storms of 2014 seem intent on making everyone, even those of us in the Deep South, miserable. It’s cold and dreary. But that hasn’t stopped me from going forward with my plans for further success this year. Book two of The Trey Fontaine Mysteries, ULTIMATE GAME, has gone to the editor and I’ll so be working on the first revision with her.

In the meantime, I’ve set my sights on the creation of one or two literary works, and have been daydreaming about plots and characters, and the wideness of the genre, or non-genre, as it were.

I’ve been plotting and planning my garden–I think you’ll find that all gardeners start dreaming of the next big harvest during the worst of winter weather. First I must inventory the jars of canned goods on the shelf, and determine what I shall attempt to grow this summer, and then comes the fun of seed catalogs, and plans for visiting the local nursery!

In the meantime, I’m on the search for a crit partner who loves literary novels and is willing to brainstorm and share his or her knowledge of promotion and publication. I know. This blog is disjointed and jumping from one subject to the next. But hey, that’s what the new year brings. An anxious knowledge that another year looms ahead, bright with promise and unknown joy.

I hope everyone takes these winter months to think on what the new year might bring. What new things might be experienced. And what you can do to bring a smile to others. I’ll be back with a list of books I plan to read, a couple of reviews of recent reads, some interviews and showcases of authors and their newest releases, a guest post or two, info on great classes and books for writers,  and updates on my hunt for a crit partner, my goal of creating a new pastermiece–I mean masterpiece, and a fun story here and there to make you smile.

BOOK REVIEW: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


Review by Ryder Islington

 This was the first great book I ever read. Jane Eyre is a story of the life of an English orphan. At ten years of age, Jane is in the care of her uncle’s widow, living a Cinderella life, as the outcast among her rich and spoiled cousins. Then, sent away to a girls school, she faces bitter cold and near starvation under the supervision of a hard man who runs the charity institution with an iron fist.

 But Jane preservers, and at the age of eighteen, secures a position as a governess to a little girl who steals her heart. More than anything, this is a love story. It is a historical romance. It is women’s fiction. It is a literary masterpiece.

 I read this book every December, from a leather-bound edition that includesWutheringHeights, the two books being the most popular by the sisters, Charlotte and Emily Bronte.

And each year it gets better. It’s not terribly long , but takes some time, at least for me, because the English language has changed much since the time it was written, and I sometimes have to stop and think about the true intent of the writer. But it’s definitely worth the time it takes and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys romance, historicals, or just good literary fiction.