Review: “Irrepressible You” by Georgina Penney. I’m in love!

“Irrepressible You” is the comical and un-put-down-able work of Georgina Penney.  I snagged myself a copy of this truly wicked read this week after both spotting it at a promo price of $0.99 on Amazon and iTunes (still happening people!) and reading the stellar reviews on Goodreads.

You don’t become a notorious British celebrity without rubbing a few people the wrong way, which is why writer and comedian Ben Martindale has decamped to Australia until the latest media frenzy dies down. Continue reading

Ahhhhh, GREAT LITERATURE! Thank-you Oscar Wilde!

I have not yet finished ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde, but it is inspiring in me feelings that arise when reading something truly well written. I am captured by the prose, the dialogue, the characters – I want to fist-pump the air and say “YES! This is why people read!”

A remarkable quote that captured my interest this morning goes as follows:

“That is one of the secrets of life. Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.”

 – said by Lord Henry Wotton. Continue reading

Book #39: Rabbit, Run. John Updike, 1960. Fail.


John Updike’s novel “Rabbit, Run” is depressing. I am finding that I can only read a few pages at a time before I am not longer in the mood to read and I put it down. This is making a massive dent in my allotted time to complete this challenge. And I know I said I have to finish every book but this one is paining me! It’s only 264 pages – I should have been able to finish this in one sitting! 

Why is it so hard for me to read?

Right now I have no compassion for this man, I have no empathy for him. Excuse my blindness but so far I am reading about a man who looks back to his glorious high-school days and pities the life he has now. Running out on his pregnant wife and child to have sex with a hooker… the thoughts he has and the way he speaks and thinks…. What do I feel for him? He is embodying things I hate. Continue reading

Book #40: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813

The Great Literature 52 week, 40 book challenge. austen

Book #40: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813.

Overall Summary (in my words):

Eligible bachelors come to a country-town in England in the early 1800’s, and a family of un-wed, middle class sisters of varying beauty and intelligence vie for their attention (along with every other female in town). Or in the case of the second eldest, graced with both handsomeness and a clever mind – reject the attention of one bachelor in particular on the basis of pride and opinion. Elizabeth Bennet makes judgements based on perceived knowledge, not actual, and the discovery of truth leads her to be confronted by her own pride. Will she have the courage to admit to her own misgivings, and even if she does will it be too late? Continue reading

The “Great Literature” Challenge

Screen Shot 2013-03-09 at 11.44.29 AMThe time has come for me to be challenged.

For me to grow, to learn, to change, to be inspired, to be confused, to find understanding, to study, to be pushed to the edge of reason, to immerse myself in a world that I have tiptoed on the edge of my whole life, a world I have skirted and dipped a toe into and then shied away from because I fear its unknown icy depths: the world of great literature. Continue reading

Title tactics

For a while now I’ve been debating the title of my work in progress.

Actually there isn’t much about the work in progress I haven’t been debating, including the actual progress of said work. Nevertheless pondering I was, when while perusing blog posts about the query process (query letter development is next on my agenda) there was a line in one post about how the publisher usually changes the title anyway so it’s not a whole lot to stress about.

Or is it? Continue reading