Friday, March 28, 2008

Halfway Down

Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn't any
Other stair
Quite like
I'm not at the bottom,
I'm not at the top;
So this is the stair
I always

Halfway up the stars
Isn't up,
And isn't down.
It isn't in the nursery,
It isn't in the town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head:
"It isn't really
It's somewhere else

A.A. Milne

March Reading List

These are the books I have read so far this month:

Anne of Green Gables
Catcher in the Rye
I Capture the Castle
Mara Daughter of the Nile
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Prince Caspian
The Horse and His Boy

Happy reading!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mara Daughter of the Nile

Mara Daughter of the Nile was a book that is almost impossible to describe. The characterization was incredible, the romance was always hanging by a thread, the speed was just right, and the way the author brings the reader into the book is uncanny. The reader feels and hears and tastes everything exactly.

Unlike many novels, I actually saw what was happening. I felt as if I was watching it happen before me, as if I was standing amongst them the whole time.

Mara Daughter of the Nile is a historical-fiction romance novel set in ancient Egypt. During this time the Pharaoh, Hatshepsut, is not popular among some of the people, and there are some who are trying to forcefully get her younger brother, the prince, to become Pharaoh. Mara is a slave, one with spirit and high dreams for herself. One day her master sells her to some unknown man because ha can no longer stand Mara’s disobedience and defiance. This man, her new master, happens to be under the Pharaoh, he wants Mara to be a spy for him, to help keep the Queen on throne. She agrees, but at the time does not realize how much trouble she is getting herself into.

For fear of giving too much away, I will stop here, and just tell you that this novel captivates the reader and causes them to want nothing more than to finish the novel, and when that is accomplished, to daydream about it for weeks afterwards.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

No TV Week Update

My No TV Week went really well, even better than I thought it would. It went so well that I am enforcing it for another week, until Sunday. During the extra time I had from not watching TV, I was able to accomplish many things I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
I edited my story all the way through in only seven or eight hours. That story was so long and hard to read I never thought that was possible. I cannot wait to make the necessary changes in this draft.
I also have read three books, and have had time to get to bed earlier. I read Mara Daughter of the Nile, Roller Skates, and I Capture the Castle. I plan to read Anne of Green Gables this month, and maybe even some others, if there is time.
So, I have decided that there are endless possibilities to what one can do, if one makes time for it. You can never know what you could have accomplished if you had taken the correct amount of time to do it. Therefore, I am making a proposition: I propose that you give up some novelty, or ‘time waster’ for a week, or longer, and find out what you can do.