Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Beginning: Your Life is a Book by Brenda Peterson & Sarah Jane Freymann



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING



With this book, we hope to help you write the best memoir possible from the often confusing, exhilarating, and unexpected raw material of your life.

-- From the authors' User's Guide to Your Life is a Book: How to Craft and Publish Your Memoir by Brenda Peterson and Sarah Jane Freymann, published by Sasquatch Books.

A memoir is like a love story, with all the ecstasies, disappointments, and turning points of any relationship. And at the end, you might be surprised to discover that the love of your life is – your life.

– From Part 1: "Crafting Your Memoir."

Your Life is a Book is an indispensable companion for anyone thinking of writing their memoir, especially with the hope of getting it published. Peterson is a writing teacher and author. Freeman is a literary agent who has led memoir workshops since 2009.




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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Make It Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker



This grand adventure is what led me directly into the arms of Mighty Ugly just a couple of years later. All my fear of being misunderstood, my shame about being different, how stuck I felt about what to do next – I found it all together and started making ugly things.
-- Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty: A Handbook for Vanquishing Creative Demons by Kim Piper Werker.

Make It Mighty Ugly is about overcoming "demons" like procrastination, self-doubt, and perfectionism to be more creative.  Werker identifies common demons, then provides advice and hands-on exercises to start creating things and sustain your creative habits,

I usually associate creativity with arts-and-crafts, DIY projects, and maybe fiction writing. My hope is to apply Werker's advice and techniques in my law practice to think more creatively of how to help my clients and resolve the conflicts they are involved in.

This is one of the great books in the Sasquatch Books fall catalog.



Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mailbox Monday


Thanks for joining me for Mailbox Monday! MM was created by Marcia, who graciously hosted it for a long, long time, before turning it into a touring event. Mailbox Monday has now returned to its permanent home where you can link to your MM post.

Two books came into my house last week, both fun and entertaining novels:



Fallon's Orphans by Bill Kroger. A new thriller set in Cairo, Istanbul, and other exotic locals. Also available in a Kindle edition.



Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I've never read any novels by this enormously popular author.  Susan Winkler, author of the recently release Portrait of a Woman in White, just turned me on to Moyes and I am enjoying this romantic novel a lot.


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Beginning: Make It Mighty Ugly by Kim Piper Werker



THANKS FOR JOINING ME ON FRIDAYS FOR BOOK BEGINNING FUN!

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

FACEBOOK: Rose City Reader has a Facebook page where I post about new and favorite books, book events, and other bookish tidbits, as well as link to blog posts. I'd love a "Like" on the page! You can go to the page here to Like it. I am happy to Like you back if you have a blog or professional Facebook page, so please leave a comment with a link and I will find you.

TWITTER, ETC: If you are on Twitter, Google+, or other social media, please post using the hash tag #BookBeginnings. I try to follow all Book  Beginnings participants on whatever interweb sites you are on, so please let me know if I have missed any and I will catch up.

YOUR BOOK BEGINNING



MY BOOK BEGINNING



You could fill a very big boat with books like this one, about creativity and overcoming creative challenges. . . . [T]hose books seem to share a couple of troubling qualities that defeat the purpose of encouraging creativity and habits. Those useless qualities are cheerleading and hand-waving.

-- From the author's Introduction to Make It Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain't Pretty: A Handbook for Vanquishing Creative Demons by Kim Piper Werker.

I make ugly things on purpose.

– From "Part 1: Name the Demons."

Make It Mighty Ugly is about overcoming "demons" like procrastination, self-doubt, and perfectionism to be more creative. I usually associate creativity with arts-and-crafts, DIY projects, and maybe fiction writing. But I think Werker's book can help me  in my law practice because I think the same demons restrict creative thinking in the workplace.

This is one of the great books in the Sasquatch Books fall catalog.


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