Thursday, October 19, 2006


There’s a lot of fancy advice about writing.

But I like my Sonia’s point of view, regarding her latest chapter book…

“Why do they keep telling me what’s going to happen before it does? The kids say stuff and then you just KNOW what’s going to happen. I want to figure it out!”

Ah, the child likes subtlety. And I don’t even subject her to daily readings of Kooser.

The Poetry Home Repair Manual, by Ted Kooser


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be seeing a live band making lots of racket. Their music is really good and it's not rap or hard rock, so that's a plus :)

8:17 AM  
Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

Smart Girl! There is nothing more boring than reading a book for the first time and knowing what is going to happen before it does.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Craver Vii said...

ll, your kids do yard work AND they're perceptive readers?! That is a rare blessing indeed.

Three of my four have a healthy appetite for books, but only one of those three actually asks me if he can help rake the leaves.

(sniff) It brings a tear to my eye.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

very nice. we're kindred spirits, she and i. except i don't like to rake leaves. just jump in the huge pile after they've been raked.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How to foreshadow without giving away the farm . . . especially in a children's book . . .

Subtlety is hard.

4:03 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

yes, Charity, I agree... but then, is there anything about good writing that is truly easy? (Besides getting the ideas... I always get the ideas... it's the execution that feels like I'm shoveling in the barn. :)

4:43 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

To answer your question from my blog, I think an author's thoughts are only auctorial when they pertain to writing. But then, maybe you were right. I think that almost all of my thoughts in the last year have pertained to writing.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...


I like your thoughts and sharing about writing. And the predictable, if it's usually inane in a movie, or tv show, it is surely just as inane in a book. (I confess to being a reader of almost completely nonfiction. Though I do like good fiction I can get into.)


9:30 PM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

lol - that is just to cute. I always liked it when I needed to figure stuff out for myself when I was reading...

10:00 PM  

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