I have come to the conclusion that Jo Rowling is only pretending to be a muggle. She is, in fact, the real life Lily Potter, who didn’t die by Voldemort’s hand, but only pretended to in order to ensure the safety of her only child. She didn’t make any of that stuff up. All of it is simply a fictionalized account of actual happenings. Why? Because fuck that would be awesome!
Yes…I said fuck on my business blog. Sorry about that.
I’ve been wanting to restart our Tequila Thursday Writing Club for a while now. Between life and books it has kind of fallen by the wayside, but that will most definitely change shortly.
In the spirit of new starts, I have completely emptied The Writers Club Blog and plan to use it as a place for writing samples. I hope that it will soon fill with examples of flash fiction, short stories, children’s stories and poetry written by those brave enough to join our little group of writing crazies. I also hope that the works shared here will be met with helpful feedback as well as great support and encouragement.
If you would like to contribute to The Writers Club Blog please send me an email and I will create an account for you. There will also be an anonymous account option for those who feel a little shy about any of their stuff.
As for the real writers club: meetings will start again at my place on the 30th of June 2011. Anyone who would like to join us is welcome. Again, just pop me a mail and I’ll get back to you.
For those who sadly don’t live in PE, The Katalina Blog Challenge will be up and running alongside the writers club from next week. I do hope that we can get a few more to take part this time.
The goal, as always, is to encourage our fellow writers to use their talents and write more. I hope that we can all be an inspiration to each other.
I’ve had my first book review!! And it was a good one so I just had to share it!! Thank you so very much to Amanda Smit for your generous praise. You have made my day/week/month/year. Thank you especially for sharing your thoughts. It’s one thing to drop a girl a note and say “Hey I liked your book” but quite something else to shout it out for everyone to hear. I salute you.
Wow. How do you even begin to review the strangest book you have ever read? Without a doubt Katherine Dunn is one of the bravest writers out there! The woman has taken the most bizarre story and reported on it so matter-of-factly one almost has to read each line twice to make sure you’re getting it right.
Geek Love is a story of the Benewskis, a carnival family travelling through America. The story is narrated by Oly Benewski who is, of all things, a bald albino hunchback dwarf. Her obscurity, however, pales in comparison to those of her siblings. Between the siamese twins, the aqua boy and the telekinetic child she is hardly special. She systematically tells of how her parents met (her father ran the circus, her mother was a geek – no, not OUR kind of geek – the kind of geek that bites the head off of chickens!) of how she and her siblings came to be (her father fed her mother cocktails of poisons and cocaine and pesticides during her pregnancies) and of how her brother became the leader of the worlds most insane cult.
The entire book is sheer brilliance, not unworthy of being compared to John Irving. As I said before Katherine Dunn writes with pure bravery. She is unafraid to offend or shock her readers, yet she somehow accomplishes this without coming off as disingenuous in the least.