7. The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (100 book challenge)

I used to find the literary technique ‘deep point of view’ pretty annoying. When I first heard it described in our writing workshop by tutor Karen Whitelaw I admit I put it in the I’ll-never-use-that basket. I believed good writing was about showing a character’s thoughts and opinions through their actions, not from spelling out exactly what was going on in their head. I guess I saw ‘deep point of view’ as the lazy way out.

Ahhhhh… but then I read The Catcher in the Rye.

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A simple cover for a book that has well-earned its place on the classics list

This story, written in 1951 and set mainly in New York, is written deeply in the mind of teenager Holden Caulfield. It is written as though he sat down with you – no doubt over a packet of cigarettes – and rambled a story for a few hours, then it was transcribed word-for-word into a book.

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6. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger (100 book challenge)

Audrey Niffenegger is a genius. The impact of time-traveling on love is such a clever idea. The issues the main characters deal with in their relationship are common (love, lust, guilt, desire, pain) but the reason for the issues is so unique (Clare’s husband keeps disappearing unexpectedly because he’s a time traveller).

This is the 6th book of my 100 book challenge and while I was reading it I felt like shouting from the rooftop that everyone should read this book. Sure, the ending was a bit disappointing. But I’ll get to that.

Time travel is so confusing!

Time travel is so confusing!

I’m the worst audience when it comes to stories about time travel. I always manage to get myself confused. In fact, the characters themselves don’t even have to time travel: a simple flashback in the story and I’m lost.

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Why I didn’t tell you about this right away – White Ribbon Day 2014

Tuesday 25th of November was White Ribbon Day, a day with an aim to end violence against women, and a day for those affected by violence to openly share their stories.

So why did it take me a whole week to write this post?

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Tiring work (Friday Fictioneers)

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Image by Claire Fuller at http://clairefuller.co.uk/

“It’s spelled ‘tire’ with an ‘i’, you idiot,” my boss says.

“I prefer tyre,” I say softly. “Helps me tell the difference between tyre as in ‘car tyre’ and tire as in ‘I’m tired of this job’. We don’t always have that luxury.”

“What?”

I say casually, “For example, ‘ass’?”

“What do you mean, ‘ass’?”

“It’s spelled the same for a donkey or a rear end. And that can be confusing.”

His face turns red and he storms back into his office.

I guess it doesn’t really matter. Either way, my boss is still an ass.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/21-november-2014

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Vows (Friday Fictioneers)

Mr Binks challenged me to a #replyfiction this week so here it is. To read Binks’ story called Promises, click here. Over to you next week Binks!

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Image by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/

She was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar.

That much was true.

Why do you keep saying that?

Sorry, keep going.

I walked into the bar, feeling pretty good about myself. I’d just won a promotion and bought a new car. She promised me everything. Said we belonged together.

And you believed her?

She was very convincing. Very good at what she did. I proposed that very night.

And this was…?

…30 years ago today.

And now you’re working as a waiter in a cocktail bar?

I told you… she was very good at what she did.

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Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/14-november-2014 

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Our place (Friday Fictioneers)

Image by Jean L. Hays

Image by Jean L. Hays

‘Can you see the car, George?’

George bounces on the spot and points. ‘Car!’

We’re sitting side by side on the front step. Traffic rumbles past just metres away. Not the best place to bring up children. But you do the best with what you’ve got.

‘Look, George! It’s a truck. Can you say truck?’

‘Quack, quack.’

‘No, not a…’

‘Quack, quack.’

‘Well, close enough.’

My son looks at me with big blue eyes and smiles. I bundle him up in my arms and carry him inside.

Not the best place to bring up children.

But this is our place.

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Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island was my 5th book in my 100 book challenge and I’ve written a short review here. For someone who never used to read much (I hear you gasp – a writer who doesn’t like reading!?) I’m actually really enjoying working my way through the list. Check out the 100 book challenge list, and my other reviews, here.

Friday Fictioneers is a challenge set by Rochelle Fields where writers around the world create 100 word stories inspired by the one image. For more information see: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/7-november-2014/ 

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Julia Gillard ‘My Story’ book tour – Newcastle City Hall

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'My Story' by Julia Gillard was released 2 months ago

Julia Gillard became Australia’s first female prime minister in 2010. Reported in the Media as a cold, unemotional, and sometimes heartless woman, I found it difficult to like her. But after reading her book ‘My Story’ and seeing her in person today on her book tour at Newcastle City Hall, my view completely changed.

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