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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

This book sounds very interesting to me.  It offers a time and place that is unfamiliar to me, so I am looking forward to exploring that aspect; as well as, the plot, characters, etc.  I used to think I knew what kind of book/genre was my favorite, but in the past two years I have been exposed to so many different genres and authors that I am looking at myself as more of an eclectic reader:smileyvery-happy:  Can't wait to get started!
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Hi Zeal

I was not much of a reader in my younger days and lately I have started practicing the craft of writing; well I understand a good writer is also a good reader.  I also have been introduced to some genres I didn't even know were out there and on top of it all, we have this wonderful site to discuss what we are reading. What could be better?

Looking forward to receiving Under This Unbroken Sky, and discovering what it has to offer.

Cora

 

 

 

 

 


Zeal wrote:
This book sounds very interesting to me.  It offers a time and place that is unfamiliar to me, so I am looking forward to exploring that aspect; as well as, the plot, characters, etc.  I used to think I knew what kind of book/genre was my favorite, but in the past two years I have been exposed to so many different genres and authors that I am looking at myself as more of an eclectic reader:smileyvery-happy:  Can't wait to get started!

 

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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

Cora,

What type of writing do you do?  Have you had anything published yet?  I dabble a little in writing, but nothing serious yet.

Aimee

 


Coral50 wrote:

 

Hi Zeal

I was not much of a reader in my younger days and lately I have started practicing the craft of writing; well I understand a good writer is also a good reader.  I also have been introduced to some genres I didn't even know were out there and on top of it all, we have this wonderful site to discuss what we are reading. What could be better?

Looking forward to receiving Under This Unbroken Sky, and discovering what it has to offer.

Cora

 

 

 

 

 


Zeal wrote:
This book sounds very interesting to me.  It offers a time and place that is unfamiliar to me, so I am looking forward to exploring that aspect; as well as, the plot, characters, etc.  I used to think I knew what kind of book/genre was my favorite, but in the past two years I have been exposed to so many different genres and authors that I am looking at myself as more of an eclectic reader:smileyvery-happy:  Can't wait to get started!

 


 

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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

Hi Aimee (Zeal)? (one of the same?)

I'm a dabber, too. I started with journaling (still doing), tried technical articles in sewing magazines, and now I play with fiction. I would eventually like to write Christian Fiction. I try to practice writing from prompts daily, it helps build skills.

I wish you luck and success

Cora

 


Zeal wrote:

Cora,

What type of writing do you do?  Have you had anything published yet?  I dabble a little in writing, but nothing serious yet.

Aimee

 


Coral50 wrote:

 

Hi Zeal

I was not much of a reader in my younger days and lately I have started practicing the craft of writing; well I understand a good writer is also a good reader.  I also have been introduced to some genres I didn't even know were out there and on top of it all, we have this wonderful site to discuss what we are reading. What could be better?

Looking forward to receiving Under This Unbroken Sky, and discovering what it has to offer.

Cora

 

 

 

 

 


Zeal wrote:
This book sounds very interesting to me.  It offers a time and place that is unfamiliar to me, so I am looking forward to exploring that aspect; as well as, the plot, characters, etc.  I used to think I knew what kind of book/genre was my favorite, but in the past two years I have been exposed to so many different genres and authors that I am looking at myself as more of an eclectic reader:smileyvery-happy:  Can't wait to get started!

 

 

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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

Hi Cora...Hi Zeal

 

I received my copy via UPS today. I opened it up to read the first few pages as I'm reading a few other things. I'm totally hooked. The first page really draws you into the story via a descriptive photograph.  It reminded me of something my Aunt would have had sitting on her bureau. That's all I'll say. 

 

For now...I have to get back to the book. Ms. Mitchell is a phenomenal writer.

 

I'm really looking forward to the discussions. Wisteria

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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

There is a ton of books out there for people who like to write. Anne Lamott is a very spiritual person. Natalie Goldberg is funny and gives great prompts. John Gardner is specific in his examples. Judith Barrington is intuitive and even though this book is about memoir writing, it applies to fiction as well. So does William Zinsser's collection of essays on "Inventing the Truth." So, some of my favorites:

 

 

 

 

 

Writing the Memoir 

 

 

Inventing the Truth  

Wild Mind  

Writing down the Bones  

Bird by Bird  

On Becoming A Novelist   

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Coral50,
I have been practicing the craft of writing as well. I'm a reader since I was four years-old. I loved HQ and adventure books and my parents always brought me some kind of reading. My writing practice started in my teens when I wrote poems (most of them truly romantic LOL). Then I started short stories and I got 4 literary prizes here (one of them chose the best 10 contemporary short stories' author of my state and I was one of them): 2 for poems and 2 for short stories. For years I have not written anything but drafts of short stories and pieces.

Coral50 wrote:

 

Hi Zeal

I was not much of a reader in my younger days and lately I have started practicing the craft of writing; well I understand a good writer is also a good reader.  I also have been introduced to some genres I didn't even know were out there and on top of it all, we have this wonderful site to discuss what we are reading. What could be better?

Looking forward to receiving Under This Unbroken Sky, and discovering what it has to offer.

Cora

 

 

 

 

 


Zeal wrote:
This book sounds very interesting to me.  It offers a time and place that is unfamiliar to me, so I am looking forward to exploring that aspect; as well as, the plot, characters, etc.  I used to think I knew what kind of book/genre was my favorite, but in the past two years I have been exposed to so many different genres and authors that I am looking at myself as more of an eclectic reader:smileyvery-happy:  Can't wait to get started!

 


 

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JaneAustenNut
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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

Hi,

 

I just received my copy of Under This Unbroken Sky. Thanks so much B&N First Look Club.

Gosh, I hope I remember the August 3rd conversations ( will put discussion in my calendar for a reminder). I really like to discuss new books .. always open to new works by new novelists. This one looks really interesting.

 

Angie

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I received my book today and I wanted to say thank you for once again allowing me to be part of this First Look program. I am looking forward to the discussion in early August.

twj

 

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I received my book today also!  I am so glad the I stumble upon B&N's First Look about a year ago.  Looking forward to the discussions.

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Hi SunItcloud

Thank you for the suggestions. I like them all, except 2 of them I didn't know about, which are on my wish list now. I do have William Zinsser's, On Writing Well, but never heard of Inventing the Truth; and I haven't heard of Judith Barrington at all.

 

 

                         Writing the Memoir 

 

 

Inventing the Truth  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cora

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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

Hi marciliogq 

 

Congratulations.

 

Cora

 

 

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Coral50,

I have been practicing the craft of writing as well. I'm a reader since I was four years-old. I loved HQ and adventure books and my parents always brought me some kind of reading. My writing practice started in my teens when I wrote poems (most of them truly romantic LOL). Then I started short stories and I got 4 literary prizes here (one of them chose the best 10 contemporary short stories' author of my state and I was one of them): 2 for poems and 2 for short stories. For years I have not written anything but drafts of short stories and pieces.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Sunltcloud
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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

Hi Cora,

 

I just wrote a long, detailed praise of Judith Barrington, but somehow it went into orbit without showing up here. She is a poetic writer with a clear voice and and exemplary teaching skills. A friend of mine attended a workshop in which one of her books was used and he immediately bought the book for me. I think she approaches writing with the eye of a cinematographer, which I love. I took a screenwriting class some time ago and found it very helpful in dealing with imagery in fiction as well as in memoir.

 

 For instance, Barrington explaines summary and scene and their places in fiction as if she were showing you a movie. That's how I've learned to develop characters; I let them parade past me early in the morning, while I am still in bed. I keep my eyes closed until they have established themselves; don't want them to disappear when I get up.

 

Judith Barrington - Award Winning Poet, Memoirist & Creative Writing Teacher

 


Coral50 wrote:

Hi SunItcloud

Thank you for the suggestions. I like them all, except 2 of them I didn't know about, which are on my wish list now. I do have William Zinsser's, On Writing Well, but never heard of Inventing the Truth; and I haven't heard of Judith Barrington at all.

 

 

                         Writing the Memoir 

 

 

Inventing the Truth  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cora


 

 
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Another beautiful approach to fiction writing is Christopher Vogler's "The Writer's Journey." It brings together all the phases of mythic structure that are used in films like Titanic, The Lion King, Star Wars etc. It is no longer available at B&N as new book, only as used book. This makes me think of the ever-shifting expectations of readers. Maybe Vogler's style of creating a hero -  making him leave home, forcing him to slay dragons, letting him be defeated a couple of times, and allowing him in the end to emerge as winner - is outdated. Nevertheless, I love it. Coffehouseforwriters.com used to teach a class using his approach.

 

 


Coral50 wrote:

Hi SunItcloud

Thank you for the suggestions. I like them all, except 2 of them I didn't know about, which are on my wish list now. I do have William Zinsser's, On Writing Well, but never heard of Inventing the Truth; and I haven't heard of Judith Barrington at all.

 

 

                         Writing the Memoir 

 

 

Inventing the Truth  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cora


 

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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

I received the book earlier today.  Just wanted to say thank you since this is my first time participating in the club.  Really looking forward to sitting down with the book and then discussing in August.
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Hi SunItcloud

Yes, I have lost a lot to cyberspace. Wonder if someday it will show up somewhere...LOL

Thank you for the review, it has made me want to buy her book now, instead of waiting. Books going out of print is why I have sooo many books on the shelf and in stacks. I have had a few go out of print in the past before I bought them and they were either too expensive or not any good used ones around. I like to view used copies before buying.

I have The Writer's Journey, and glad I brought it since you say it is only available in used copies. It was highly recommended when I bought Dramatica software, still haven't learned the software or read the book. I bought the software to play around with my characters and story lines.

Still haven't received This Unbroken Sky, but in California we always get them last.

Cora

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Re: About Under This Unbroken Sky and Shandi Mitchell

FYI Cora,

 

When I plugged the "Writer's Journey" into "Add Product" it didn't show up , but later I looked again and found out that it is still available new. It might be an updated edition. Since you have it you might look at it sometime; the hero's journey is really a very interesting concept - a very successful concept - and above all it stimulates the writer to dig deeper into characters, explore their inner workings, the results of their actions, etc. Somebody (somebody famous whom I can't remember :smileysad: ) said that the author must know everything about his hero, even if he/she does not divulge it all.

 

Last night I saw an interview with J K Rowling and she confirmed this. She had lived with her characters for so long that knowing what happened to them after they left her Harry Potter books is very important to her.

 

I haven't received Unbroken Sky yet either. I saw in a post that it has landed in France, which makes me think that it will come to California too. There must be an updraft over the Rocky Mountains derailing the oxcart. When the brown truck takes over we'll be next in line. 


Coral50 wrote:

Hi SunItcloud

Yes, I have lost a lot to cyberspace. Wonder if someday it will show up somewhere...LOL

Thank you for the review, it has made me want to buy her book now, instead of waiting. Books going out of print is why I have sooo many books on the shelf and in stacks. I have had a few go out of print in the past before I bought them and they were either too expensive or not any good used ones around. I like to view used copies before buying.

I have The Writer's Journey, and glad I brought it since you say it is only available in used copies. It was highly recommended when I bought Dramatica software, still haven't learned the software or read the book. I bought the software to play around with my characters and story lines.

Still haven't received This Unbroken Sky, but in California we always get them last.

Cora


 

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Sounds like a great read!

 

Nancy

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Shandi...I am halfway through the book and I am enchanted. I am reading it slowly to savor your writing and enjoy the story as it unfolds.  I love the way you write. Thank you!
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Cora,

 

Good luck to you as well!  A lot of the writing I do is in my classroom with my 8th grade students.  It really helps them to have a model, but also to see what a process writing really is.  I make mistakes and rewrite in front of them, and it really helps them to take risks!

 

Aimee (Zeal...yep, one in the same :smileyvery-happy:)

 


Coral50 wrote:

Hi Aimee (Zeal)? (one of the same?)

I'm a dabber, too. I started with journaling (still doing), tried technical articles in sewing magazines, and now I play with fiction. I would eventually like to write Christian Fiction. I try to practice writing from prompts daily, it helps build skills.

I wish you luck and success

Cora

 


Zeal wrote:

Cora,

What type of writing do you do?  Have you had anything published yet?  I dabble a little in writing, but nothing serious yet.

Aimee

 


Coral50 wrote:

 

Hi Zeal

I was not much of a reader in my younger days and lately I have started practicing the craft of writing; well I understand a good writer is also a good reader.  I also have been introduced to some genres I didn't even know were out there and on top of it all, we have this wonderful site to discuss what we are reading. What could be better?

Looking forward to receiving Under This Unbroken Sky, and discovering what it has to offer.

Cora

 

 

 

 

 


Zeal wrote:
This book sounds very interesting to me.  It offers a time and place that is unfamiliar to me, so I am looking forward to exploring that aspect; as well as, the plot, characters, etc.  I used to think I knew what kind of book/genre was my favorite, but in the past two years I have been exposed to so many different genres and authors that I am looking at myself as more of an eclectic reader:smileyvery-happy:  Can't wait to get started!

 

 


 

"I learned to dream through reading, learned to create dreams through writing, and learned to develop dreamers through teaching. I shall always be a dreamer."
Sharon Draper