Tuesday, September 23, 2008

NatureImage by fmc.nikon.d40 via FlickrIt's officially autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. For North Central Florida, that means our days have a nip in the air--temps are in the 80sF instead of 90s.

I'll know it's winter because we can turn off the air conditioning.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Swashbuckler (film)Image via WikipediaAhoy, mateys!

Yes, once again it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Do not neglect to embrace your inner swashbuckler, and here's a helpful instructional video to get you going.
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International Talk Like a Pirate DayImage via WikipediaInternational Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19. In honor of this special day and because it's international and because Darlene Marshall's pirate novels are international, here is a link to ITLAP Day for German speakers. Even though I'm the author of Rache & Rosen and Samt & Sabel, I credit my wonderful translator, Barbara Schnell, for any glorious piratical lingo that comes through in German.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Pride of Baltimore at OpSail 2000Image via Wikipedia IT'S FINISHED!

I typed "The End" today on the first draft of A Sea Change. Now the fun begins as I whip the manuscript into shape, but dang, it feels good to know how the story ends!


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Monday, September 01, 2008

Green domes of the Fyodorovskaya Church in Yar...Image via Wikipedia I have to admit, when it comes to books I can be a complete snob. When I find people who don't read, and I mean quite literate adults who choose not to read, I have to wonder what I have in common with them, if anything.

But today I want to praise an area of literature that I believe too many adults overlook as not worth their time, YA novels. "YA" is shorthand in bookstores and libraries for "Young Adult" and covers the novels written to appeal to a teen audience. So many of them are outstanding, and adults who don't seek them out are doing themselves a disservice.

Today I read A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson, and I adored it. I laughed, I cried, I was totally enraptured by the characters and their tale. Russian emigre Anna, with her commitment to being an excellent housemaid at an English estate, was a heroine in the mold of Cluny Brown, another favorite of mine. Despite the loss of almost everything in her short life, Anna never loses her core of sweetness. But she's not a dishrag of a heroine, far from it! When she sees wrongs perpetrated against those who are even weaker, she's quick to rise to their defense and take a stand. It's also a great love story, with a WWI airman hero trying to save his family's home, who has to choose between love and duty.

A Countess Below Stairs was poignant and delightful and I highly recommend it for readers of any age. Other YA authors I enjoy are Sharon Shinn, Robin McKinley and Patricia McKillip, and I encourage adult readers to look for their books as well.



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