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Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist¦

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist¦

Book Spine Poetry… You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? It’s pretty simple, and anyone with a collection of books can become an artist. You just go to your bookshelf and pull out a handful of books with interesting titles, stack them in a logical (and hopefully musical) order, and take a picture. Voila! You’ve come up with something magical!

I have seen some truly lovely images and stirring words. #BookSpinePoetry on Twitter is a great source of inspiration, and I’ve even caught some on Instagram. After seeing so many I loved, I decided to give it a try—and invite my friends to join me.

Here’s what I came up with:

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist…

Works of Poetic Artistry by Friends

I asked for contributions on Facebook and Twitter, and I am delighted to present to you these masterpieces!

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist¦
by Yvonne Marjot – “I feel autumn coming on…”

 

Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist¦
by Adrienne Smith Hartman
Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist¦
by Marlee Randol Hughes
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Book Spine Poetry—Easy Magic! Anyone with a collection of books can become an artist¦
Another by the clever Yvonne Marjot…

All this reminds me a little bit of a Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt! Have you done one of those before? Great fun, though Book Spine Poetry is a different spin on that old classic. I had fun with both of them!

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What jewel in the crown is sitting on your bookshelf? Want me to add your (family friendly) book spine poetry? I’d love to!

Post in the comments below, or send your pictures to me via email: robin (at) robinlythgoe.com 

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A Drift of Quills are talking to the Head Muse (Department of Music) to find out what—if anything—helps promote the mood to write or inspire scenes, moods, or any other parts of our imagination.

A Drift of Quills: Muse (Department of Music)

A Drift of Quills are talking to the Head Muse (Department of Music) to find out what—if anything—helps promote the mood to write or inspire scenes, moods, or any other parts of our imagination. What kind of tunes do you think we listen to? We share a lot of things in common; is music one of them?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

Ten Tunes That Rock My Writing

I write better when there is music playing.

I dream better.

Thanks to my mom and older sisters, I grew up listening to a wonderful variety of music. Sadly, not a one of us can play any instrument but the stereo. It’s a shame, really. Music is powerful stuff. Being able to play music gives you an even better boost than listening to it, but listening can Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Muse (Department of Music)

Chocolate Fix: Deep Dark Chocolate Cake — A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Someone in my family discovered the recipe for an easy, scrumptious deep dark chocolate cake. I don’t know who it was or where they found it, but the flavor and texture were to die for. We made it a lot. It swiftly became the go-to chocolate cake recipe.

Chocolate Fix: Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Someone in my family discovered the recipe for an easy, scrumptious deep dark chocolate cake.

I don’t know who it was or where they found it, but the flavor and texture were to die for. We made it a lot. It swiftly became the go-to chocolate cake recipe, but I have to warn you that it does not work for making cupcakes! A shame, but sacrifices must be made. I never liked making cupcakes anyway.

We had a little trouble with the middle caving in, but my son was still living at home at the time, and loved baking. He took it upon himself to experiment until beauty was achieved and the middle behaved.

Such a sacrifice… Continue reading Chocolate Fix: Deep Dark Chocolate Cake

All the Crannies and All the Nooks!

If I were ever to find myself in a position to build my dream home (especially my dream library), I’d be in such trouble! I thought things were bad when I was limited to whatever my imagination could cook up, but then Pinterest came along and I am so doomed.

Let’s pretend for a minute that I’m more than a thousandaire (my husband’s term!).

Do I go Mediterranean? French? Japanese? Modern? I love all those styles—Clearly, “eclectic” is the way to go. Er… the way to continue. “Eclectic Tuscan” is the style du jour at my house, with emphasis on the eclectic part.

I love our little house, don’t get me wrong! It would take millionaire status to convince me to move, and then it would have to be to THE perfect house in THE perfect place.

I would also have to be able to hire a gardener and a maid. Possibly a butler, because Mr. Belvedere ruined me.

When I drool over look at house plans, I start in the garage to find out how hard it will be to get groceries from the car trunk to the pantry. (A pantry is a requirement!) Then I look for the place the library will go.

Let’s talk about that last item. I’ve built myself a substantial morgue file chock full of ideas. I might need more than one library… Continue reading All the Crannies and All the Nooks!

Book Review: Secondborn, by Amy A. Bartol

I read Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol via Amazon Kindle First reads, and since this was the only fantasy/sci-fi option, it was a no-brainer choice. AND it has a beautiful cover. (I do love me a beautiful cover!)
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I found the book very like other popular dystopian books about teenage girls—almost to the point of not finishing the book. Select people get all the privileges, and the rest are basically slaves in need of a savior/hero.

Naturally, our protagonist is blessed with incredible fighting skills, she is reluctant to fill the hero position, and she doesn’t have any choice.

Neither, apparently, does she have any choice but to Continue reading Book Review: Secondborn, by Amy A. Bartol

A Drift of Quills: Under the Influence

Stories uncovered! Secrets revealed! Sounds like an article straight out of the tabloids, right? This first-Friday A Drift of Quills are looking at the way people, news stories, or current events play a role in our works. Are we under the influence of current events? How do we use it?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

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Use people? And places? And stories?? I’m innocent!

Well… mostly innocent.

Maybe “unconscious” would be a better word, because while I don’t (usually) intend to put current happenings and humans in my stories, I’ve had people point out that this is like that, or Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Under the Influence

Survey Says! (Reader Poll Results)

Aren’t surveys fun to take? Well, it turns out they’re fun to read, too, and I have some fun things to share with you about what my current on-going survey says. Do you know, for instance, the name of the conductor?

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One of my fabulous readers took seriously my invitation to ask me anything. One of his fabulous questions was:

“If 2 trains leave Chicago at the same time, what’s the conductor’s name?”

I had to include it my poll, just for a little comic relief—and wow, has it been fun. Let me give you a sampling of some of the answers I’ve received:

  • Bob (10)
  • Fred (8)
  • Cheech and Chong
  • Pete & Repete
  • Conductor can’t be on two trains at the same time! LOL
  • Vinny
  • Huh? / I don’t know (22)
  • Are you telling me a story? I’m liking it 😉
  • Conroy Gundersnark
  • Skitzo Frenik

Clearly, some folks thought it was a serious question… But I’m thinking “Conroy Gundersnark” should receive a role in one of my books, right?

Looking at the Numbers

Let’s actually get serious for just a minute and look at some of the statistics. Continue reading Survey Says! (Reader Poll Results)

Book Review: The Portrait of Géraldine Germaine, by E.M. Epps

Book Review: The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine by E.M. Epps

Have you read The Portrait of Geraldine Gérmaine by E.M. Epps? You should. Really.

I enjoy some fantastic chats with some of my readers—folks who have taken to heart the invitation to recommend books that might be suitable for my Flinch-Free Fantasy reads. I got a wonderfully long list from Dorkas (hi, Dorkas!), who went above and beyond the call of duty when she saw one of her favorite authors had all their work for free on Amazon and quickly emailed me to let me know.

Dorkas said this particular story “fascinates me because of its charm and because I never thought a non-French could capture the French lightness and charm (or what I THINK is the French lightness and charm). It’s a wonderful book to lift you up.”

A peek at the “Look Inside” finished convincing me to download this marvelous novelette. I danced through The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine last night and went to bed smiling. Continue reading Book Review: The Portrait of Geraldine Germaine by E.M. Epps

It’s Been a Busy Week!

Hello, faithful readers!

This is not the post I’d planned for today, nor the time I meant to post it (oops! I’m late!), but it’s been a busy week, so what I have for you is a quick update.

On May 21, grandchild #3 came into our lives. We are smitten. He is adorable.

Then, on June 7, grandchild #4 appeared. She, too, is adorable and instantly melted our hearts. We have such cute grandchildren! (No, really!)

Between those two amazing events we began a super-sized yard makeover: taking out a big chunk of sod in the back yard and putting in a flower bed, a little patio, (hopefully) a big patio (but we’re still waiting on the Patio Dudes), and repairing the insane sprinkling system we inherited when we bought our house. (Who puts sprinkler heads meant for the entire yard behind trees? Three out of four across the back fence, and don’t get me started on the rest!)

AND… it suddenly became summer here. We’re having temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s, which would be great if we were sipping cool drinks on the patio, enjoying the new scenery, but it is not very fun to work in!

Backyard Makeover 2017
The west corner of the back yard… and it looks pretty much the same all the way to the east corner, so I’ll spare you more pictures. For now…

Wish us luck! And stay tuned for more interesting things to read soon… Er… eventually?!

A Drift of Quills: Where Do You List Your (Book) Loot?

A Drift of Quills: Where Do You List Your (Book) Loot?

We are a list-loving society, and for those of us who adore books, that means keeping some kind of inventory of what books we own, what we want to own, what we’ve read, what we want to read—and how well we liked what we read… Today A Drift of Quills delves into the subject of social cataloging for books—What do we use? What are some other options?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Where Do You List Your (Book) Loot?