Armchair BEA 2014: Expanding Blogging Horizons

ArmchairBEA 2014Design by Amber of Shelf Notes

 

Expanding Blogging Horizons 

What do you think about when you think about going beyond blogging or expanding your horizons? Is it a redesign of your blog? Have you branched out into freelance writing or even published a novel of your very own? Or, have you moved into a different venue like podcasts or vlogging? This is the day to tell us about how you have expanded on blogging in your own unique way.

So far, I have basically kept at writing reviews for my own blog. I have tried for a few weeks on another blog, but could not keep the pace, plus it really didn’t bring me more traffic.
Lots of things I plan to do:

  • yes, I would like to redesign my blog, as the template is no longer available anyway on wordpress.com. But I want a 3 columns and free. I have not yet found something that really grabbed me. Any recommendation??
  • I have already published a book:

Light to Enlighten My Darkness

  • but I’m thinking of maybe doing an ebook from my blog posts on a common theme – recent French literature? Any suggestion?
  • I have also recently published a novel in translation, waiting for a few details to tell you all about it!
  • the big thing I really want to try is vlogging. I think it would be a good format for my monthly wrap-up. What do you think? Do you take time to watch short videos by bloggers you follow, or do you prefer the written format?

 

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 NOVELLAS/SHORT STORIES

Now it is time to give a little love to those little stories in your life. Share your love for your favorite shorts of any form. What is a short story or novella that doesn’t get the attention that it deserves? Recommend to readers what shorts you would recommend they start with. How about listing some short story anthologies based upon genres or authors?

I have not read short stories for ages, so I’m passing on this one.

DO YOU PREFER READING BLOG POSTS
OR WATCH SHORT VIDEOS
BY BOOK BLOGGERS.
ANY GOOD SHORT STORIES
YOU WOULD RECOMMEND?

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(2012) #49 review: Lucretia And The Kroons

Lucretia And The Kroons

by

Victor LAVALLE

104 pages

Published by Random House on August 21, 2012

Ebook provided by NetGalley & Random House

THIS BOOK COUNTS FOR THE FOLLOWING
READING CHALLENGE

 

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

Do you like novellas and short stories? Would you enjoy a little scare during this month of October? Well, this short book might well be for you then.
Personally, I usually stay away now from novellas, as this genre often finds me wanting more when the book is over, and away from horror stories as well, as I prefer reading positive and constructive literature.

As Random House sent me several ebooks I had requested, I thought I should accept this one they suggested me to read; plus it’s never bad to go out of your comfort zone.

I was actually positively surprised by the quality of the writing: there’s a nice flow to it, you get grabbed by it right away, and you can’t stop until the end. The end was actually a bit flat and disappointing for me. I knew something like that was going to be revealed, though what I had in mind was actually more exciting than the version LaValle chose instead!!

As for the horror itself, it’s not that horrible at all, rather on the gentle side. I don’t think this book would give you nightmares, don’t let the synopsis below frighten you. So if you want a little fun for this month of October, go for it.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

Lucretia’s best friend and upstairs neighbor Sunny—a sweet pitbull of a kid, even as she struggles with a mysterious illness—has gone missing. The only way to get her back is for Lucretia to climb the rickety fire escape of their Queens tenement and crawl through the window of apartment 6D, portal to a vast shadowland of missing kids ruled by a nightmarish family of mutants whose designs on the children are unknown. Her search for Sunny takes Lucretia through a dark fantasyland where she finds lush forests growing from concrete, pigeon-winged rodents, and haunted playgrounds. Her quest ultimately forces her to confront the most frightening specter of all: losing, forever, the thing you love the most.

Lucretia and the Kroons is a dazzlingly imaginative adventure story and a moving exploration of the power of friendship and the terror of loss. This all-new novella serves as the perfect companion piece to The Devil in Silver, a thrillingly suspenseful work of literary horror that continues the story of Lucretia. [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Victor LaValle is the author of the short-story collection Slapboxing with Jesus and the novel The Ecstatic, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. [goodreads]

You can see more on his website.

REVIEWS BY  OTHER BLOGGERS
1330v
The Bookrageous Podcast

DO YOU FEEL LIKE READING THIS BOOK?
HAVE YOU READ ANY OTHER BOOK BY VICTOR LAVALLE?

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS  IN A COMMENT PLEASE

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Review #58: The Dead (Art of the Novella Review #1)

The Dead

by

James JOYCE

80 pages

Published in 1914 / 2004, by Melville House

Read for

Excited to be part of this Reading Challenge, and to be able to post 1 review on Day1! I’m shooting for either 6 or 9 novels, we’ll see how things go.

Not too late to join the Challenge – click on the banner to do so.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

I read parts of Ulysses decades ago, and seeing this novella on the list for this Reading Challenge, I thought that would be a great way of getting reconnected with James Joyce. I read a lot of positive things about this work, but alas, I have to say my mind must be too obtuse to evaluate what’s great about it. Actually, I read it in June, and instead of writing my review right away and save it as draft to publish it during the Challenge period, which would have been the smartest way of doing it, I waited. End of July, I had absolutely NO memory what this was about, so I reread it a second time! – so ashamed I will only count it for 1 book though!

After my second reading, I read some literary analysis of the work, to see what I missed, but nothing actually proved me that it was indeed such a great novella.

I did not like the characters at all, and didn’t find their description astounding either.

Well, that’s not a good start for this Challenge, but more and better is coming! Stay tune

WHAT IS IT ABOUT

Here is the description found in Goodreads; no need to say that it is extremely overstated, according to my opinion. I found it neither evocative nor beautiful, I did not feel any emotion nor experienced any epiphany:

Often cited as the best work of short fiction ever written, Joyce’s elegant story details a New Year’s Eve gathering in Dublin that is so evocative and beautiful that it prompts the protagonist’s wife to make a shocking revelation to her husband, closing the story with an emotionally powerful epiphany that is unsurpassed in modern literature. [Goodreads]

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Do we still need to present James Joyce? If yes, the link should give you some good background information.


I HOPE YOU READ THIS BOOK
AND YOU CAN TELL ME WHAT YOU GOT OUT OF IT,
I AM HONESTLY CURIOUS TO KNOW
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SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS  IN A COMMENT PLEASE