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Review of The Stand

The Stand by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Looking through the other reviews, I see I am not the only one to read this book while battling a lengthy and severe illness. In my case, I caught a nasty cold/flu while driving across the country and was flat on my back with the shakes in  a hotel room for days. Not a good time to listen to the symptoms of "Captain Trip's." I think it's the length of the book that makes people put it off until there is absolutely nothing else to do. Afterall, when you're home sick, how many episodes of Law & Order can you watch before you just want to jump out the window?

Okay, to the matter at hand. The strength of this book is also, in many ways, its weakness. Stephen King is masterful at creating a sense of time and place and the people who inhabit it—both major and periphery characters. You really feel like you know these people and you can feel the desolation of a near-empty world. But all that description and those digr…

The Right to be Invisible

I had an odd internal battle while designing my web page. I have a beautiful headshot done by a photographer friend, and I felt it was a wonderful expression of my inner personality. I rarely photograph well because, if I can be honest, I don't like my teeth, so my smile is frequently stilted and forced. But in this picture, I look great. As I have been told by the many author blogs I read, it's important to have a platform and develop a presence before your book is published, and a great author photo is a part of that. But something held me back. I didn't want anyone to know what I looked like.

Don't get me wrong—overall I am pleased with my appearance. But the thought of having everyone out there know what I looked like made me feel...vulnerable. Perhaps my instincts were wisely instructing me, because I didn't have any actual reasons I should avoid putting my picture up. I don't belong to any online "communities," I only rarely post in comment sect…

Do the Write Thing

The problem with being a part-time writer is that your story takes longer to make it to the page. In the meanwhile, the majority of the tale you wish to tell remains rattling inside your head. In my case, I have a trilogy—three books that focus primarily on three women across different timelines. The first book has very few scenes left to write, which is somewhat comforting...until I realize that I have two more books full of plot, character details, intricate scenery, and emotional turmoil to craft. It can get depressing.

I am in Baltimore this week to bury my mother-in-law. Because my father-in-law is an old school, stiff upper lip type of man, I spend the majority of my time in the hotel room while my husband helps his father through his grief in private. Then I spend my evenings seeing to my husband's grief. In the time between calling florists and desperately seeking out additional life insurance my MIL may have purchased, plot points from my third book keep knocking against …