Mar 22, 2013


Mr Godin says "Write more, write better, share often".
He is obviously so right. Still I needed him to tell me.
To motivate me. Are writer a weird species of insecure beings?
Are they different from the rest of the crew?

I feel everyone has a different way of dealing with themselves and I look up to writers, who found a way to put themselves and their limits out there.
So YES. Write more, write better, share often.
Hopefully you will share with me.

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Mar 20, 2013


'Bird by bird' is an autobiography of author Anne Lamott hidden among some tips for beginners writers.
Or so they say, because all I read was the free sample on my Kindle and now I am stuck wondering if it is worth spending the 9 Euros for yet another book on how to write a book when actually I should just being writing this very  moment.
I loved 'On writing' by Stephen King and I love stories of crappy authors that get finally published after years and years of trials and sorrows.
I am only 5 months in, I have written maybe 160 pages (divided in 5 different projects) and I already dream of my first rejection slip.
Plus there are all the magazines to read, the websites, the blogs... it sure is a new fascinating world.
My excitement ends the moment I sit in front of the half-blank, half-crap page. It would be better to have writer's block and have a nicely clean page than a mix and match of incoherent words.
It would be really helpful if YOU could let me know what I should do. Shall I buy the book? Shall I stop reading and writing and go find a job? (Please don't say that...)
I wish you a bucket of inspiration tonight.
lisafobia xx

Mar 18, 2013

Living well is the best revenge
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On WritingOn Writing by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved loved loved every page of 'On Writing' and I wished there was a sequel.
Autobiography as well as writer's HAVE TO READ manual, it brings you in a fabulous world where someday we will all live happily published ever after.
The appendix lists the books Stephen King has been reading in the past three or four years and have influenced his work.
The list can also be found here:

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In his 'On Writing', Stephen King lists the best books he has been reading in the past 3 or 4 years.
I strongly recommend 'On Writing' and I copied the list of the books Stephen King suspects had "an influence" on the books he wrote.
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Abrahams, Peter: A Perfect Crime
Abrahams, Peter: Lights Out
Abrahams, Peter: Pressure Drop
Abrahams, Peter: Revolution #9
Agee, James: A Death in the Family
Bakis, Kirsten: Lives of the Monster Dogs
Barker, Pat: Regeneration
Barker, Pat: The Eye in the Door
Barker, Pat: The Ghost Road
Bausch, Richard: In the Night Season
Blauner, Peter: The Intruder
Bowles, Paul: The Sheltering Sky
Boyle, T. Coraghessan: The Tortilla Curtain
Bryson, Bill: A Walk in the Woods
Buckley, Christopher: Thank You for Smoking
Carver, Raymond: Where I’m Calling From
Chabon, Michael: Werewolves in Their Youth
Chorlton, Windsor: Latitude Zero
Connelly, Michael: The Poet
Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness
Constantine, K. C.: Family Values
DeLillo, Don: Underworld
DeMille, Nelson: Cathedral
DeMille, Nelson: The Gold Coast
Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist
Dobyns, Stephen: Common Carnage
Dobyns, Stephen: The Church of Dead Girls
Doyle, Roddy: The Woman Who Walked into Doors
Elkin, Stanley: The Dick Gibson Show
Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying
Garland, Alex: The Beach
George, Elizabeth: Deception on His Mind
Gerritsen, Tess: Gravity
Golding, William: Lord of the Flies
Gray, Muriel: Furnace
Greene, Graham: A Gun for Sale (aka This Gun for Hire)
Greene, Graham: Our Man in Havana
Halberstam, David: The Fifties
Hamill, Pete: Why Sinatra Matters
Harris, Thomas: Hannibal
Haruf, Kent: Plainsong
Hoeg, Peter: Smilla’s Sense of Snow
Hunter, Stephen: Dirty White Boys
Ignatius, David: A Firing Offense
Irving, John: A Widow for One Year
Joyce, Graham: The Tooth Fairy
Judd, Alan: The Devil’s Own Work
Kahn, Roger: Good Enough to Dream
Karr, Mary: The Liars’ Club
Ketchum, Jack: Right to Life
King, Tabitha: Survivor
King, Tabitha: The Sky in the Water (unpublished)
Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible
Krakauer, Jon: Into Thin Air
Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird
Lefkowitz, Bernard: Our Guys
Little, Bentley: The Ignored
Maclean, Norman: A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
Maugham, W. Somerset: The Moon and Sixpence
McCarthy, Cormac: Cities of the Plain
McCarthy, Cormac: The Crossing
McCourt, Frank: Angela’s Ashes
McDermott, Alice: Charming Billy
McDevitt, Jack: Ancient Shores
McEwan, Ian: Enduring Love
McEwan, Ian: The Cement Garden
McMurtry, Larry: Dead Man’s Walk
McMurtry, Larry, and Diana Ossana: Zeke and Ned
Miller, Walter M.: A Canticle for Leibowitz
Oates, Joyce Carol: Zombie
O’Brien, Tim: In the Lake of the Woods
O’Nan, Stewart: The Speed Queen
Ondaatje, Michael: The English Patient
Patterson, Richard North: No Safe Place
Price, Richard: Freedomland
Proulx, Annie: Close Range: Wyoming Stories
Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News
Quindlen, Anna: One True Thing
Rendell, Ruth: A Sight for Sore Eyes
Robinson, Frank M.: Waiting
Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban
Rowling, J. K.: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Russo, Richard: Mohawk
Schwartz, John Burnham: Reservation Road
Seth, Vikram: A Suitable Boy
Shaw, Irwin: The Young Lions
Slotkin, Richard: The Crater
Smith, Dinitia: The Illusionist
Spencer, Scott: Men in Black
Stegner, Wallace: Joe Hill
Tartt, Donna: The Secret History
Tyler, Anne: A Patchwork Planet
Vonnegut, Kurt: Hocus Pocus
Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited
Westlake, Donald E.: The Ax
The Book of TomorrowThe Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story. I am a big fan of Cecelia Ahern and I enjoy all of her books.
This goes straight to the top three tho.
Well written, easy to understand, entertaining from beginning to end.
Enjoyable for teenager and grandmothers.
Top marks.

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Mar 14, 2013


Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour BookstoreMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is very interesting and appealing. It follows all the rules to become a mainstream novel. I would read it again. Unfortunately its focus on Google and Internet is not rendered easily enough. Still a book I would recommend to any young reader. Definitely not edible for an elderly audience.

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The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Terrible beginning, slowly getting better, bitter ending.
I would have never gone through it if it hadn't been written by J.K.Rowling.
I have first-hand experience of the kind of life it is described in the book and I could feel right there and then, so truthful and realistic it was the setting and the characters.
The plot was not of my liking, but then again after 7 years of Harry Potter it is pretty hard to move on and admit there will not be an other one!
I am glad I read it, and glad to be done with it...

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The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved the book and the movie. 5 stars for Chbosky.
I am impatient for more novels by this new amazing author.

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