Friday, January 14, 2022

Storyteller's Journey

A Wide Range of Reading

Like most bibliophiles, one of my favorite gifts to receive is a book. Well, I made a haul over the holidays! What occurred to me is that while I read mostly children's books (for a variety of reasons), I really enjoy a wide range of genres. The photo on the left is evidence to that fact. I believe that having a wide range of genres from which to read is sort of like cross-training my mind as a writer. Styles, word choices, etc. can be found in all sorts of well-written books.

So, while the wheels of mind slowly get moving again after my holiday break, I'll be diving into these books, as well as others. 

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Whimsical Word of the Week

Forelsket - (noun)
the indescribable euphoria you feel when you start to fall in love.
Example: The college freshman was overcome with forelsket upon meeting the guy seated next to her in her Fine Art class.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Bibliophile’s Corner

The Snowflake
By Benji Davies

Flap Copy Description:
High, high up in the clouds, a tiny snowflake is made. Perfectly fluffy and white, she tumbles and bounces inside the cloud, but then she begins to fall...
Exquisitely written and beautifully illustrated, The Snowflake tells the tale of one snowflake and one little girl - both longing for their own special place in the world. They discover that wherever we go, and however we fall, in the end we all find a way to shine.

My Thoughts:
This beautiful picture book begins its story high in the winter sky, something I find fascinating - and I believe young children will too. The journey the snowflake is thrust into is a lovely metaphor for life. I highly recommend The Snowflake for readers aged four to eight!

Click here to learn about the author/illustrator, Benji Davies.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Storyteller's Journey

Season's Greetings!

This year Christmastime will be extraordinary! We are not only spending the holidays in our new home in the woods, but all three of our sons will be with us during Christmas. (One will be traveling from the East Coast, while the other one is flying up from Arizona.) I'm so looking forward to reconnecting with all of them. As I do every December, I'll be taking a winter break from blogging; I'll be back on Writ of Whimsy sometime in January.

The title of the painting on the left is "Melting Snow," it was created by my husband, Michael Lindstrom. 

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Wishing each of you the love, joy, and peace of the season!

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Whimsical Word of the Week

Krampus - (n.)
A Half-goat, half-demon that punishes misbehaving children at Christmastime.
Example: The children much preferred St. Nicholas over Krampus!
 

Monday, December 13, 2021

Bibliophile’s Corner

The Christmas Pig
By J.K. Rowling

Flap Copy Description:
Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig. DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve, something terrible happens - DP is lost.
So Jack and the Christmas Pig (DP’s irritating replacement) embark on a breathtaking journey through the magical Land of the Lost. With the help of a talking lunchbox, a brave compass, and a winged thing called Hope, they set out to rescue the best friend Jack has ever known from the terrifying, toy-cruncher Loser...

My Thoughts:
When J.K. Rowling releases a new children’s book I always rush to read it. (I will not get into her beliefs or mine, this is a book review.) If you expect to read a Potteresque story within the pages of this book, you’ll be disappointed. But if you enjoyed the Toy Story movies, then this book is for you! As I expected from Ms. Rowling her writing is crisp, clean, and entertaining. While it seemed to take a while for me to be hooked, I could see why she spent extra time setting up the back story. I would recommend The Christmas Pig to avid readers between the ages of eight and twelve - especially this holiday season!

Friday, December 10, 2021

Storyteller's Journey

A Magical Ride!

As I reflect on the journey I've taken as a independently published author, it occurs to me that it's been a magical ride, not unlike the ride Santa Swanson took with his two flying polar bears in my debut book, The Scandinavian Santa.

(This image was painted by fine artist, Michael Lindstrom.)

While I still hope to gain traditional publication with one of my creations, it's been an unexpected and positive experience meeting so many wonderful writers, artists, readers, bookshop owners, teachers, and librarians. Some of them, I'd have never met had not I pursued the independent route of publishing. In addition to gaining new friends, my passion for writing literally led me to moving to a rural home that more represents my need for nature - which is one of the strongest sources of inspiration for my stories. We all make plans, but life always leads the way. Clearly, my path led me to taking more control of the reins with regard to my writing career. For right now, that suits me just fine.

Hope you and your family have the happiest of holiday seasons!