Hello Friends

I feel like it’s been a while.  Life is busy.  A little stressful.  But good overall.

On Saturday, I fulfilled one of my admittedly odd lifelong ambitions.  I went to the movie theater by myself.  Again, I know it’s weird, but for some reason, I’ve always wanted to experience seeing a movie just with myself.  I decided to go see Divergent.  It was really good.  For the most part, it stayed true to the book, though it was definitely watered down.  For once, I was strangely okay with that.  Maybe because I’ve only read through the series once and I’m not quite as emotionally invested in it as I am in Harry Potter or The Hunger Games.  It could also be because Veronica Roth’s books are long and very intricately detailed.  I’ll probably have to read through the trilogy again before the next movie comes out because I don’t really remember all that happened, especially in the second one.

One recently announced book-to-movie adaptation that I probably will not be seeing, however, is The Giver. I might change my mind as the release date draws nearer, but from what I’ve seen in the trailer… I’m just not interested.  Nothing I saw in that trailer even remotely resembles the utter magic that the book held for me the first time I read it in middle school and every time I reread it after.  That book is a masterpiece and one that really impacted me as a reader and, consequentially, as a writer.  I’ll be curious to find out what other fans of the book think of it.

I also saw the new Hobbit movie again.  I still think there are too many orcs, too may elves, and not enough Bilbo and the Dwarves. But what do I know?

On the book front, I finished reading The Amazing Crystal by Gerald Lizee.


I’m not a sci-fi reader, but I really enjoyed it!  I posted reviews on both Amazon and GoodReads, but I thought I’d share it here too.

Here’s the deal. I do not read a whole lot of science fiction. In fact, I could probably count on one hand the number of Sci-Fi books I’ve actually read and enjoyed. Add The Amazing Crystal by Gerald Lizee to that list.

Set in a futuristic society, protagonist Lydia receives an amulet from her grandfather, who has gone into hiding our of fear that he may be robbed or kidnapped. This amulet, it turns out, possesses the ability to communicate with whom it chooses and influence the world around it.

Something I loved and that makes The Amazing Crystal very unique is that it plays out like an action show, with episodes instead of chapters. This makes for a fun and fast-paced read with no slow spots in the narrative. The descriptions are vivid and yet, Mr. Lizee tells the story in such a way that even those of us who’ve spent more of our time in the worlds of romance and fantasy will understand and enjoy.

Congratulations and 5 stars to Gerald Lizee. I look forward to reading his future works!

The next book that I’m reading and reviewing is The Calling by Louise G. White.  It’s a fantasy and it looks right up my alley!  I’m really looking forward to reading it!


Finally, I’m about two chapters in to my newest manuscript!  While the sequel to Cemetery Tours is in the editors’ hands, I’m enjoying having something new to engage me.  It’s really excited about the story, and even though it hasn’t been in my head very long, just since January, it’s already better developed than ideas that have been brewing for years.  It’s kind of funny how the brain works like that.

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for today!  Talk to you all tomorrow!


14 thoughts on “Hello Friends

  1. I recently read Divergent and i loved it. No offense but I loved it more than the Hunger Games. Anyways, the movie didn’t really capture my attention like The Hunger Games films did. So I still don’t know if I should watch it. And in all my years of school I never read The Giver. Ever so I don’t know if I should. Glad you are doing a lot of things.

    I know you provided me a copy of your first book and I wanted to let you know that I haven’t had the time to read any books because of school and life. i want to have time to read you know? so i can feel that effect 🙂

    • Oh, I so know how you feel. I barely read at all when I was in school. No worries at all!

      And no offense taken! I did enjoy Divergent, don’t get me wrong, I think the movie is worth seeing. I laughed during it, the music is good, and Four is gorgeous. 😉 It’s pretty empowering.

      • The guy they chose for Four is the right one! he is just gorgeous like you said. But the girl is way too pretty for what they described in the book.

      • I agree, but I do think she did a good job. I’d never seen her in anything before, even though I know she’s been in a lot. I wasn’t sure she would be a good fit, but I thought she was alright. 🙂

  2. I was a fairly advanced reader for my age. When I was introduced to “The Giver” I had already read “1984” by George Orwell, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, and “We” by the little-known father of the modern dystopian novel, Yevgeny Zamyatin. These are the “big three” dystopian novels.

    Unfortunately, I couldn’t get into The Giver because of that. I haven’t seen “Divergent,” nor have I read the book. I did see “The Hunger Games,” though, and I liked how the narrative forced you to be a participant of the games, rooting for the death of the other contestants so Katniss could survive. VERY powerful commentary on the state of mass media.

    I’ve gone to movies by myself before. It’s actually kind of liberating. I can enjoy the movie, and sit while the credits roll, enjoying my thoughts about it. I’m not on anyone else’s time but my own.

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