My Writing and Literature Page
page will include thoughts, quotes, links to my pages & links to other web
sites. I will try to include stories I have
written or am writing.
purpose of literature is to show that other people exist.” attributed to Iris Murdoch.
My Writing and Literature Page
Books I like
Writers I like
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general principles, I encourage everyone to keep a daily journal. Put in it every thought you can. Use it to describe what you see in the world
and how it affects you. There are many
purposes to this journal:
- It is an
historical record, useful to you when you get old, and to those who come
- It is a
way to organize and express your thoughts
- It is a
release valve for fears and anger
- It is a
way to express joy and thanks to God for what’s going on in your life
- It is a
great way to get experience in writing, with no critical assessment from
- It is a record of your
progress in writing – you can try styles and themes, you can see
progression as your writing improves.
book is one that, when you read it, motivates you to abandon your current
interests and pursue instead interests expressed in the book.
6/2007: I’ve been studying a lot in the areas of mythology,
medieval literature, Irish literature, Arthurian literature, fantasy
literature. This includes reading epics
like Gilgamesh & Beowulf, as well as learning more about Wilde, Yeats,
Joyce, Beckett, MacDonald, Tolkien and more.
is a great book that should be read by anyone who wants to write but is
prevented from doing so by some internal fears or external criticisms: If You Want to Write by Brenda
Ueland. Check it out! It’s a great piece of encouragement and
motivation. If you don’t want to buy it
on my recommendation, look in the library for free.
working on a reading list for Christian kids (fiction). It will include C.S. Lewis, the Redwall
series, Little House on the Prairie, etc.
A site of wide-ranging links:
(for writers) and http://www.diane.com/readers/reader.html
Looking for a Quotation? Start
here at the
Internet Public Library. The rest of the
site is very handy as well!
6/2007: Found a teacher’s
page for his students: Mr. Black. From there, I found helpful the page on
meter & scansion.
8/2007: Writing Terms
definition from Sandra
I’m going to catalog all the books in our home library. Maybe I’ll have the kids do it as a
homeschool project (use an Access database, etc).
spend a lot of time in the car, so I use it to listen to books on tape,
borrowed from my local library. I find
this a great way to catch up on reading the classics.
- The Art
of Loving by Eric Froemm – it’s been a while since I read this,
and I may not agree with it anymore, but it was an important book for me
to read. It has framed my
understanding of what love is.
- A Bell for Adano by John
Hersey. I just liked the story
& the way he told it. Even the
minor characters were developed.
They may have started as stereotypes, but they didn’t end that
way. I really appreciate
characterization more than plot.
For example, the action thrillers of Clancy et. al. are fun to
read, but don’t really fill my appetite.
- Chaos by James
Gleick. It’s been a while since I
read this. I remember it being very
good (math & science).
- Ecotopia by
Arthur Shopenhauer. Again, I may
not agree with it anymore, but it was important to read.
God by Henry Blackaby.
This book has set the tone for my on-going relationship with God.
Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter. Some serious thoughts going on
here! To be honest, I’ve never
finished reading it.
Christianity by C. S. Lewis.
!! This is great stuff.
- on the note of CS, check out http://personal.bgsu.edu/~edwards/lewisbib.html
for a good bibliography.
- The Name
of the Rose by Umberto Eco.
There are extensive end-notes which give further insight into what
he was trying to do. Most of it is
pretty much beyond me.
- Tess of
the D’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy.
Not every love story has to have a happy ending; not all good deeds
will be rewarded in this lifetime.
Down by Richard Adams.
A favorite of my youth. I
think this was the first serious book that I ever re-read.
Cahill – I like his treatment of scripture & history. He has some great insights into the
construction of the bible.
- F. Scott
Fitzgerald – I like how he describes the time period.
Hemingway – I just like his style of writing. I especially liked For Whom the Bell
Tolls (my favorite) and A Farewell to Arms. I did not like To Have and Have Not. I need to re-read The Sun Also Rises. Note – I really like the movie version
of To Have and Have Not (with Humphrey Bogart). But then, Casablanca is one of my favorite movies.
Hillerman – I like his Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee series of books. They are nice light fiction to break up
some of the more serious stuff I read.
- C. S. Lewis
– both Narnia and the non-fiction.
I like the way his mind works; I seem able to follow his arguments.
McCaffrey – more light fiction, set in another world.
Peters’ Brother Cadfael series – more light fiction. I don’t generally go for mysteries, but
these are fun.
Vidal – I like his three historical novels: Burr, 1876 and The
- George MacDonald
bio & online works; G K Chesterton;
(Morris & Magnusson), Scottish
Folklore, the Song of Roland,
- James Joyce, WB Yeats, Washington Irving,
a link to my ‘life list’.
are some old/rare/good books we have. This is a crossover from my art page: Charles Vess books & items.
heard somewhere –
There are no words to rhyme with
orange, purple or month.
The longest one-syllable word : screeched.
The longest word with one vowel: strengths
The longest word with no letters
Much more word trivia: http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/gswithenbank/wordtriv.htm
tongue twister: “The sixth sick Sheik’s
sixth sheep’s sick.”
– the fear of palindromes
of very good word games: http://www.puzz.com/1001/verbal.htm
look up origin of words: www.etymonline.com
sketching out a book titled ‘Giants of Shawangunk’. The lead character, Peter Bruyn, deals with
Shawangunk hiking, local legends, rock climbing, Indian artifact thefts, and
genealogy while teaching archeology at SUNY New Paltz. Through all this, he establishes and develops
his relationship with God. The ending
culminates with a chase through Sam’s Point and the old Indian
Caves overlooking Ellenville, NY.
– I wrote a fun poem on Mt.
Dew: Ode to Dew
/ English rules & explanations: http://www.jimloy.com/language/language.htm
on the ‘I before E’ rule: http://www.avko.org/Books/Mastering_I_before_E.htm
Guidelines from a Physics teacher: http://www.physics.uiuc.edu/People/Staff/Celia/Spelling/tsld001.htm - very good set of slides
‘I before E’ rule with exceptions: http://www.steve.wagar.com/ibeforee.htm
- and check out the palindromes at the bottom of the page.
Bee, The Princess of the Dwarfs
(by Anatole French) (added 4/2006)
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