Sunday, 26 September 2010

Blog Book Club

For every good writer there must be a good reader; so they say.  I actually do agree with this.  Reading broadens your imagination, it allows you to experience different points of view, styles, voice and settings.  For me, I love non-fiction, but saying that I enjoy a great story of fiction that can lead itself to be believed that the characters really exist.  A great example here would have to be
 'A Thousand Splendid Suns,' written by Khaled Hosseini.  If you haven't already read this book you really must.
Another really great fiction read is 'Cloudstreet', by Tim Winton - Two different families leave country life to live in the big smoke.  They start thier lives from scratch, enduring many different challenges, sacrifices, love and loss.  It took me a bit to get into, but I really loved it once I was drawn in.
Adding to my book list:
I am really excited by a new book which I recently read a review on. 'I came to say Goodbye,'  by Caroline Overington.  Although this book is meant to be a work of fiction; I imagine it will read as a true work of non-fiction.  The review goes on to describe this story being about dysfunctional families and how the NSW Department of Community Services fail in their role. Quote : 'Her talent draws you into a world that we need to know about if current paradoxes are to be changed.'  With my birthday just around the corner, I know whats on my birthday wish list.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Article Writing

What a great way to have your voice heard.  I love writing articles, especially those on subjects close to the heart.  I have found some of my best writing has come from things I hold a strong opinion of.  Beware though, writing on subjects that have affected your life whether it be good or bad can be a trap for sceptism, critic and wrongful judgement if your not careful. 
In November 2009 I was so suprised and elated to find I had placed second in the FAWQ Article Writing competition.  I submitted an article titled 'For whose rights?'  This article looked at the pros and cons of who had the ultimate rights in contact through the processes of adoption in Australia.  I will post this article soon for you all to read; look at the structure used, avoiding to much of my own opinion to speak out too loud, instead posing a point of view for all to make thier own opinions on instead.

Over Sixty-Shades of Gray: A Journey Through Life's Later Years

Here is one of the latest titles I've recently had the pleasure to review, I enjoyed this read and highly recommend it to anyone 50+ ...