First lines: The extra-terrestrials are aggressors. They're hostile, right from the start. That's what my father tells me. He says hostility is potent when it's quiet; he says the ETs are as quiet as mice.
I’d love to tell you that I always drink a tankard of blood before I sit down at my desk, or that I only write in the nude. But I’m afraid it’s not that weird. The one quirk I have is that I always work on a desk that is completely uncluttered. No pictures, no reference books, no scraps of paper with inspirational sayings. It’s just me, my computer, and a bare table pushed up against a blank wall. I try to rely completely on what I know, or what’s hidden in my memory. Call it a blank canvas.
Since it is well known that I am a voracious reader, I often have people ask me for book recommendations. Due to this, I've decided to start a weekly list of books that I have personally reviewed. Each book has received a minimum 4 star rating from me. If you have read any of the books I've listed, please let me know what you thought of them in the comments!
Isle Of Skye, 1906. Malcolm- Heather MacGregor's grandfather on her mother's side- told anyone who was willing to listen that his granddaughter hadn't been born the usual way. She'd danced right off one of his paintings, landing in the family's potato patch, except the ground was too barren to produce much by the time she came along. It wasn't a promising beginning.
There is a reason books that recount the regrets and advice of the dying strike so deep a chord: people who have nothing left to lose can tell their stories with a sincerity and unpretentiousness we crave but that is all too rare. In “Trauma, Shame, and the Power of Love,” Christopher Pelloski relates his own downfall from a prominent physician-scientist in the field of radiation oncology in a similarly candid way.
Check out this weeks Top Ten Tuesday! See which books are still lurking on my TBR list!
Pelloski, in my mind, is a great champion for this cause. His knowledge of medicine and his first hand experiences combine to shine a beacon of light on this neglected problem society has swiftly condemned without any real thought on the deeper problems. All issues in society are layered. It's important to remember this if we want change. Nothing is ever simple.
When a person relies on grandiose flippancy in the face of a serious accusation instead of showing transparency with proof that the accusation is false.....it's time to ask questions. It's time to ask a lot of questions.
Gilmore has written an intimately unapologetic novel about the holes of selfishness and ideologies we find ourselves hunched in. His characters flaws, attributes and embarrassing urges are laid bare in a fashion that reminds us all that as humans we are complex and perplexing. Our motives a mixed bag in every circumstance.
Whap! Startled, I awoke to a stinging, wet slap to my left arm. Slap! What is this torture? Another two blows in rapid succession caused a body spasm, my defensive reflexes too slow to protect myself. I’m alive?