Books, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

George Elliot’s MIDDLEMARCH, and Keeping Readers Engaged for the Long Haul

Welcome, Readers and Writers! I've been working hard on rounding out the characters in my second book this month, which led me back to this post from a while back. Sometimes the best teachers of good characterization are the vibrant characters we meet in other novels. I hope you enjoy my reaction to George Elliot's Middlemarch.… Continue reading George Elliot’s MIDDLEMARCH, and Keeping Readers Engaged for the Long Haul

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing Inspiration

Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair”

Choosing the right name is a difficult task- at least it is for me. As a child, the internal debate over what to name our dog forced me to look for outside opinions to finally make a decision. More recently, it took the threat of an extra night in the hospital to force my husband… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I Dream of Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair”

Books, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing Tips

George Elliot’s MIDDLEMARCH, and Keeping Readers Engaged for the Long Haul

Eight hundred sixty-four pages. https://www.amazon.com/Middlemarch-George-Eliot/dp/1420953184/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1529675352&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=Middlemarch&psc=1 When talented photographer and fellow blogger Arti announced that she would be hosting a "Middlemarch in May" Read-Along, I couldn't resist. I'd never read anything by George Elliot, but Middlemarch was ranked as the best English novel of all time. The full list of "best 100" included some of my favorites, and… Continue reading George Elliot’s MIDDLEMARCH, and Keeping Readers Engaged for the Long Haul