Monthly Archives: June 2015

Got Creative Brain Freeze? Why don’t you bake a Cake?

As writers we’ve all experienced those days when we are stuck on what to write next, or we just can’t figure out that wording for that very important sentence. We wasted an hour or two, sitting blankly at the computer waiting for inspiration to drop into our head.
Yep, that is your creative brain freeze. How do you move past this creative brain freeze? You do something entirely different like cooking. Cooking is a wonderful way to help with that creative brain freeze and make something yummy to eat while you’re at it.
The reasons:
1. You are no longer stuck in that chair – and all likely your behind is a bit numb – so getting up and moving around will help those lower muscles.
2. Cooking is relaxing for you and your brain.
3. Cooking is fun.
4. You can rehearse aloud the sentences that you are stuck on, while you sift flour.
5. When your brain is busy on other tasks, such as cooking, your mind can find that answer you were looking for without you pestering it.
6. Doing something entirely different helps unfreeze those creative wires.
7. In the end you might not have created that masterpiece of a book, but you would have baked a yummy delicious cake, that you can eat, while getting back to your writing.


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A collection of Book Reviews

I’ve been silent for a while on the blog, and that is because I’ve been busy at university. But thankfully, now I am on my semester break and am looking forward to relaxing and reading those books I don’t have to read for my course.
However, the books I read this semester for class were ones that wouldn’t have been on my top of the reading list, but I thought I would get back into wrtiing on the blog by firstly writing the book reviews for the six books I read this semester.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner: (From back book cover, the blurb): Depicting the gradual disintegration of the Compson family through four fractured narratives. The novel explores intense, passionate family relationships where there is no love, only self-centredness. The heart of the novel is about lovelessness.
If you like classics then you have most likely heard of this novel. The style of the novel is hard to read with the objective characters and distortion of chronologic order. However on the bases of the story it is a good read once you get past its difficulties, and it is no wonder it is a classic in American literature.

The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: (From back book cover, the blurb): Against the backdrop of the nineteenth-century Dublin, a boy becomes a man; his mind testing its powers, obsessions taking hold and loosening again, the bonds of family, tradition, nation and religion transforming from supports into shackles; until the young man devotes himself to the celebration of beauty and reaches for independence and the life of an artist.
The story is a journey of a boy becoming a man in the world, trying to find his place. Splendidly written and particular note of the written style with its the lack of quotation marks.

The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: (From Goodreads): Dark allegory describes the narrator’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.
An intense plot and a telling frame story narrative that is easy to read that questions the underlying darkness of human nature. A classic read for anyone who enjoys a story surrounding the psychology of human nature and issues of colonisation.

The Crying Lot of 49 by Thomas Pynchon: (From back book cover, the blurb)Oedipa Mass discovers that she has been made executrix of a former lover’s estate. The performance of her duties sets her on a strange trail of detection in which bizarre characters crowd in to help or confuse her. But gradually death, drugs, madness and marriage combine to leave Oedipa in isolation on the threshold of revelation.

The Waves by Virginia Woolf: Woolf writing in a stream of self-consciousness as the narrative traces the lives and interactions of seven friends in an exploratory and sensuous narrative. Anyone could like this novel, as it is not difficult to read or follow the plot. It is written in an engaging experiencing and I really have nothing to dislike about this novel.

Speedboat by Renata Adler: The novel follows the young American journalist, Jen Fain, in the coming age of New York 1970s. In sporadic episodes the narrator reveals bleak observations, in an unconventional writing style, interjecting thoughts and opinions on a range of topics. The only thing that places a damper on reading this novel is there is no set chronology of when the events happen. But, otherwise I found it a great and enjoyable read.

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Hades by Candice Fox: A Book Review

(From Goodreads) Twenty years ago, two children were kidnapped and left for dead.
Raised by a master criminal, they grew up to become cops. Very unusual cops . . .
Homicide detective Frank Bennett has an intriguing new partner. Dark, beautiful, coldly efficient, Eden Archer is one of the most enigmatic colleagues Frank has ever worked with—that includes her brother Eric, who’s also on the Sydney Metro police force. All of them are tested to the core when a local man discovers a graveyard of large steel toolboxes lying at the bottom of the harbor. Each box contains a grisly trove of human body parts.
For Frank, the madman’s clues are a tantalizing puzzle. For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood—and a murderous mentor named Hades. But the true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer

A riveting and twisted crime novel that keeps you gripped to the end. I liked reading this story, maybe because it is set in Australia. The characters were bizarre and interesting at the same time. The backstory of Eden and Eric, takes on a whole new level in the crime fiction world, that helps this debut book stand out from other crime novels.

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