With spring approaching, my reading has slowed a bit. In March and April, I've latched on to a couple of series and discovered a new "favorite" author: G. Lawrence. Ms. Lawrence writes historical fiction, specifically focusing on royal families in the British Isles. What I enjoy most about her books is that, unlike much history … Continue reading March-April Book Recap
Although they are from opposite sides of the world, Leo and Tadashi, the main characters in War Sonnets have a lot in common. They are both from families who have farmed the land for generations., a land they love. In those early days, before they are called to war, Tadashi's haikus and Leo's sonnets reflect … Continue reading The Poetry of “War Sonnets”: Before They Were Soldiers
It's been a crazy, mixed-up week which means I've had little time to craft a proper post. The following is a list of the books I read in the month of February, with my rating and, unfortunately no description. I have, however, linked each title to its Goodreads page so if you are interested you … Continue reading February Book Recap
There is little room for women in a World War II novel. But to Tadashi, there is only one woman who matters anyway: his wife, Sachiko. Most marriages in early twentieth-century Japan were "arranged"; Tadashi's was no exception, and he feels honored by the gods when he realizes how much he loves her. Sachiko is … Continue reading The Woman of “War Sonnets”
It's all about perspective.
I'm always reading. Usually two books at a time: one for reading during the day, another for bedtime reading. So I decided that this year (you could call it my New Year's Resolution), I'm going to keep track of what I read. (the first two were started in December, but finished in 2022 so, hey, … Continue reading New Years Resolution?
My fiftieth high school reunion was held in August of last year. At first I wasn't sure I'd go--I'd been to all the previous reunions: five, ten, twenty, thirty, forty--were there others? I even organized the first few before handing over the reins to our class president. But this time, I thought--what's the difference? I … Continue reading Fifty Years… Really?
When I last wrote about my War Sonnets characters, I had no idea I'd be adding a bunch more. Major changes took place in my most recent draft (Draft Three), the largest of which is the expansion of Tadashi's story to include more depth, more chapters and more characters. Let me introduce Tadashi's latest comrades: … Continue reading Meet the Men of “War Sonnets,” Part Three
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