Book Review: The Book On Writing – Paula LaRocque

Book On WritingPaula LaRoque   Book On Writing – Paula LaRocque

A much recommended book on Amazon. The first part of the book is quite basic. Use simple words, vary the length of sentences and the like. The momentum picks up in the 2nd part where there is some insightful advice on building character, building tension, and the perennial: showing vs. telling. There is nothing new about the advice but the examples bring it to life. I enjoyed the Part 3 -> handbook on correct use of the language – there were plenty of surprises there.

Recommendation: Read if you are looking for a writing guide.

I’m A Moment Collector


I’m a moment collector

I collect moments

click them, prune them, paste them

and store them in my files.

I collect moments……

the warm softness of your breasts felt in the early hours of the morning

watching the blue-green mountains half smothered by clouds, with you at my side

seeing the Beas waves make violent love

watching your face as you comb your wet hair after a bath looking fresh.

Having you cling to me like I was the only hope that remained.

Removing a quiet tear from your eyes.

The cozy feeling of knowing you care, I care.

Kissing your forehead in your sleep with your head on my chest

I collect moments…

Do you know why I collect moments?

I believe –

a time has to come

when these moments

will be all that is left

all that is there for me to hold

It is then, I’ll need them

It is for then, I preserve them

I need to collect moments

I’m a moment collector

Book Review: The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

The Finkler QuestionHoward Jacobson  The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

A beautifully written book on the Jews of today – caught between the horror of yesterday and the shame of today. The human story takes center stage though –through the three central characters – two Jews and one wannabe. The humor is superb. Treslove’s character, is particularly well etched. He is the protagonist –a weak guy, full of self pity – yet Jacobson manages to get the readers on Treslove’s side – by gently poking fun at him.

Recommendation: Read