Uncertain Sun

Something that I originally wrote for a poetry contest on Writing.com. I hope you like it.

 

The sun rose to peek at me
It glared into my eyes
It watched me slowly wake
It pulled its blanket over again

I groused as I got ready
I groused when it began to rain
Lightning gave me the message
I would not go out today

Or maybe I was being in haste
The storm wore itself thin
Soon after breakfast was past
The sun tried to come out again

It still hid behind its veil
As it watched me settle at my desk
I must have bored it though

 

 

Another one. Both are originally for contests. Most did not win. I had a real bad time with spelling before Grammarly. Even worse that now.

The darkness of night has started
The light of the sun has parted
The chill of winter has set in

How slow the hours crawl
How deep the shadows fall
The watch for the sun begun

But look! Hope is still here
Up in the sky now so near
The stars still bright and clear

It went away again

The Vicar of Wakefield Review

The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

This was an interesting read, to say the least. It offered a peek into an England and the customs and language and sensibilities of an age long gone. Yet was completely enjoyable in its own way. The story follows a family as they fall from fortune and take up a new place, and the adventures and misadventures while there. The writer pokes fun at many of the characters, by painting them in very broad strokes. All but the eldest son, who is supposed to be the writer himself.

The main character of the father, Dr. Primrose, is the main focus and the moral center of the book, and we are not left long and doubt of his thoughts and beliefs. Personally, I was really amused and enlightened by those thoughts and how they were conveyed. I tend to have more patience for older forms of writing than contemporary, as that was simply how they wrote and feels somehow more honest and simple than many books that came out later that tried so hard to be clever and ironic that they can forget how to tell a good story. But I won’t linger long on that soap box.

The introduction was written by Ernest Brennecke. He did a good job summarizing the contents of the book and helped make it somewhat more relatable to the modern reader. And I got to warn you, there are many modern readers who might find the language of the book off-putting. There are some names that, while not bad, are not politically correct either. This might offend someone who grew up in today’s culture where political correctness had swung completely in the other direction. Personally, as I already said, I enjoyed the language.

I fancy myself as something of a student of history, and to catch a glimpse into what people of the mid seventeen hundred would have called a best-seller is fascinating. It is not perfect. There is more melodrama than I would like, and the characters are, while good characters, are a bit two-dimensional and sometimes even goofy, the pathos and humor of the family do shine through. And I found it an interesting read, and am not sorry to have read it.

Check it out and have a happy nerdy-wordy day!

Let It Go

A poem I first wrote for a contest on Writing.com back in 2010! I hope you like it.

 

 

 

“Let it go” The radio sang,
It’s notes of acceptance rang,
In every corner of my mind.
I wondered as I listened.
What will letting go do?
And what needed to go from me?

An answer rang soft and low.
“I think you already know.
Let go of the shame in your way,
The disappointments of the day.
Of the fears that hold you back,
Of the worry of what you lack.”

“Turn instead to me again.
Turn in faith and you will win,
You place, your purpose,
Your peace at last.
Granted only if you rest
At the feet of my cross.”

A Birthday Bear

An early attempt at writing a children’s story. Was first posted on Writing.com on 2010. I hope you like it.

 

 

 

The giant stuffed bear had never spoken to her before, but today…it did. Alice was not sure she heard right, but there was no denying it. She saw her lips move. Which was weird, because she could have sworn that Rainbow did not have lips when her Mommy gave it to her for her birthday last year?

“Hello, dear friend.”

“Who, do you mean me?” Alice sputtered, after making sure that it was indeed the bear who had said it.

“Yes, you’re my friend.” The bear, Rainbow, nodded. Then cocking her head to the side, she added gravely. “I guess you’re my Mum too since you take care of me.”

“But I have a Mommy. I’m only seven!” The girl said, surprise getting the better of shock.

“And you are one. Besides, I’m a year old.”

Alice thought for a moment and smiled. “Okay, I’ll be the best Mommy I can be then!”

“That’s good. I don’t want a bad Mum.”

“You talk funny.”

“I was made in England.”

“Oh.”

There was a short, tense silence, broken only by the sound of the family kitty meowing outside to be let in. Alice wondered idly why he didn’t just ask to be let in. If a stuffed bear could talk, a talking cat would be nothing!

“Are you mad at me?” Rainbow asked at last.

“No! Don’t be silly.” Alice protested quickly. “Why do you ask that?”

“You were quiet, and I know that is not how you act.”

“I was just thinking.”

“Is it about how I can talk?”

“How did you know?”

“I was told to expect it.” Rainbow explained, and there was an air about him that suggested he would have folded his arms over his belly had they been longer. “When I was first made, I knew nothing of the world at all. But I befriended an older toy who could not be sold because of a lame paw. She and I talked about many things before I was sent to the store, you see. One thing she told me was this. On the day of my creation, I can talk to my owner.”

“Wow! Like a birthday present!”

Rainbow thought gravely for a moment. Then He nodded, smiling. “Yes, I guess that is what you can call it, a birthday gift.”

“Are you going to be able to talk all day?” Alice demanded.

“Yes.”

“Then let’s not waste a moment!”

That day was more fun than Alice could ever remember. They had tea. They went exploring the park with Mommy. They hid in the tree house with baby sister Carrie and told secrets. Rainbow let her know where she preferred to sleep and all the details that made a bear’s life more comfortable. Long before the day was over; Alice was already looking forward to next year, planning Teddy Rainbow’s birthday.

A Room Of One’s Own-Essay Review

Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

I got to warn you. I don’t read to analyze. I leave that to smart people. I do write what my general impression is, of course. But like some music lovers and art enthusiasts, I get the feeling that if I take a book or story or essay apart too much, that work will lose something of its magic. When I read this, I got the feeling that is what was happening with Woolf. She wrote a wonderful essay. It was full of interesting

When I read this, I got the feeling that is what was happening with Woolf. She wrote a wonderful essay. It was full of interesting facts and had a study case for what women, and indeed anyone seeking a creative life would need to succeed. And truthfully, men had all the cards in this, for a very long time. Even the possible reason why that was is written with understanding and wit instead of anger and ranting. And though I disagree with her on some of the finer points, I think the overall writing is sound.

That is why she is so well-renowned, after all. But I also got the feeling that she had lost some of that magic in a work that makes it special in its own right. Then again, this might just be two personalities clashing over words. And since she is dead, I fear I can’t go to her directly to ask what did she mean in this line, or when she wrote so and so. Believe me, I wish I could. But it is not so, so I have to bend my imperfect non-logical, non-analytical mind to the task of dissecting what she is trying to convey. I was defeated in under five minutes.

Some are made to think deeply, and some are made to feel deeply. And though I do not always think logically, I can feel truth very deeply. I know this is going t remain an important essay for years to come, and will continue to be read by wiser and cleverer than me. And when they do, please write a better review that will help me understand it better, and share it with me! Still, I am glad to have read it, and reflect on it.

Read it yourself, and let me know what your wordy-nerdy brains think of it.

Heart of Darkness Book Review

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

It stinks. Moving on.

Okay, okay, I won’t cheat you with that pathetic review. It after all, does have some good merits. But let me first say, there is a reason classical books have such a bad reputation. One of them is that they are all grim and pessimistic. Now that I am reading

One of them is that they are all grim and pessimistic. Now that I am reading books on the ‘Thousand and One Books You Must Read Before You Die’ list, I am starting to see why people say this. For instance, Animal Farm does not exactly end on a happy note, now does it. And do I even need to bring up Frankenstein, or The Gold Bug? Well, actually that one did end happily. But Wuthering Heights?

But this one really takes the literary cake in grim. Almost every chapter seemed bent on hurting me. I ended up listening to it on audio to blunt it some, and I still had to read something more cheerful. Maybe you heard of it. The Little Match Girl. I like how Conrad wrote tension, and the description was really good. But I could not wait to get out of that world and check it off the list, never to come back to it again.

Because of the descriptions, and because some people would like the military angle and some of the characters, I think it’s worth skimming. But only barely. Check it out, give it a read, and see if your wordy-nerdy selves agree or disagree with me.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by Washington Irving

What can one say about this short story, that had not been said before? There is a reason why Washington Irving is so celebrated as one of America’s first celebrated writers. He has a fine grasp of telling a thrilling story in a concise manner.

In this story, the main character, though sympathetic, as a somewhat dislikeable character who charms people so that he might have enough to fill his vorocious appetite, and courts the only daughter of a prosperious farmer with the sole intention of owning that farmer’s property when that worthy gentleman dies. The most remembered section of the book is, of course, when the headless horseman shows up, and the wild chase as Crane tries to run away from him, and all that happened as he reached the bridge. Nobody in the book can say what happened to Incabob Crane. Tales

Nobody in the book can say what happened to Incabob Crane. Tales circulated wildly. But the most widely held belief was that he was spirited away by supernatural means. This is still a good read now, and I strongly recommend it come Halloween. So I would rate this a worth re-reading.

Enjoy it, and let me know what you think of it. And have a happy wordy-nerdy day

Hello, bloggers and readers!!

Seriously, is there anyone there? Hello? LOL! I was just being

LOL! I was just being flippant, of course. But I know that my blog has been, up until now, not exactly the most active or engaging. It took some years, and practice and reflection, but I finally realized I need some order to make this blog work. And then I have to stick to that order. No excuses. Well, for the most part. If life gets crazy, and I have no prep for it, then yeah. That will be what it will be. But for a normal life, even illness is no excuse. So I am now going to do two things. One will involve you. The other will challenge me. One, let me ask what do you want to see more of? Is there anything that you must see that will involve writing, or books, or youtube/online websites, or movies. Do you want me to review shows? Warning, I do not

So I am now going to do two things. One will involve you. The other will challenge me. One, let me ask what do you want to see more of? Is there anything that you must see that will involve writing, or books, or youtube/online websites, or movies. Do you want me to review shows? Warning, I do not have any kind of cable, so that might limit shows or movies. But I currently have access to Youtube, and to Netflix. So it won’t be completely out of the question. Do you want me to focus on certain kinds of movies, or have monthly themes? Let me know on Youtube, or at my e-mail, greymountain37@gmail.com The second part is the one that will test me. I will parcel out each day of the week for differents subjects. Ron instance,

The second part is the one that will test me. I will parcel out each day of the week for differents subjects. for instance, Mondays might be media day. I could cover movies and t.v. show reviews and the like. Tuesdays could be writing news and fiction excerpts. Wednesdays could be book reviews, and so on and so forth. I won’t fully commit to a schedule for the rest of the month, as a way to see if I get any feedback in that time, and will post every other day, as I prepare material and work out a working schedule. Then, starting in July, I will

Then, starting in July, I will post the plan and see how that goes for the month. If it doesn’t get any complaints, then it will be the plan, with maybe a few tweaks as life happens. I will just say it, I might have two book review days. I am in a number of reading challenges right now, though one I no longer have the time to keep up with and might drop soon. The others are governed by me and might be able to fit in another readathon. That being said, I hope everyone has a great day and enjoy your happy wordy nerdy life!

Book Review-A Summer to Die

A Summer to Die Written by Lois Lowry

Unlike the other books by Lois Lowry, I read this one when I was actually a teenager. I was in love with it back then, and it was one of a handful that I manage to read to pieces. Some of the books I did that to was not as good, but I had a shortage of good books at the time. So when I did get a good book, I would read it till I had to tape the pages together.

A Summer to Die was surprisingly fun to read, despite the dark title. It follows a family, who goes to the country for a year so that the Father, who is an English Professor, can write a book on Irony. No joke. And along the year, the various members of the family live life and some of the life was not that good. The main character is the youngest, Meg. And she is a creative, highly intelligent, but moody thirteen-year-old who loves art and photography. She does not know what she wants from life, she just knows she wants to do something important with it. She has a fifteen-year-old sister, who is very sure of what she wants. To be Mrs. Somebody else, and have at least six babies.

As the title suggests, Someone dies. But I like how this is not obvious at first. It kind of creeps in on the family, unawares. Mixed in with making new friends, and finding boyfriends, with days of the sound of pounding typewriter keys, and quilt-piecing. Just like it happens in real life. And like real life, the more serious the situation gets, the more it consumes the whole family. Even Meg, who is left out of the loop on most of it, feels it slowly take over and change her family. And how it changes her sister most of all The book is just about perfect, in my mind. Though to be fair, it is the only one where I’m not sure I’m looking at it with clear eyes.

Nostalgia might be clouding my judgment. But every time I read it, I feel totally emersed in the world of a family who goes through some serious ups and downs, but continues to be a family, for better or worst. And you get the feeling at the end that, it may be a bit strained at the end of the year, that family would continue and endure and move past the trauma. Maybe even learn something from it, especially Meg.

I give it, like the other Lowry books, an Ultimate Recommendation, and strongly urge you to give it a good read. Check it out, and see if it is worth some serious fuss. And, by the by, this is Lowry’s first book. Just to let you know.

Book Review-Gathering Blue

Gathering Blue Written by Lois Lowry

A sequel to The Giver, it tells the story of a girl who has a bad leg, forced to learn to live on her own in a very brutal world. After losing her Mother, the last living relative, and last guardian, she finds herself challenged for the right to even continue to survive in the village, because of her disability. And in their world, if you have any kind of disability then you are going to die. You are not seen as having any value at all. But She is also strong, and clever, and has a talent in her strong, capable fingers that might not only end up saving her life but give her status enough to ensure comfort and useful work that she never dreamed of. But what would the price for that life be? And would she be willing to pay that price?

Lois Lowry did it again. This masterful writer once again invites us to an immersive world, that unlike the Giver, does not even pretend to be utopian. It is not friendly, it is savage, and the environment turned the people as savage as the world around them is known to be. Yet nothing is what it seems to be. And the twists and turns of the simple yet deep story will leave you guessing. Well, for the most part. There is a twist that happens near the end that I saw coming a mile away. But for the target