I’m just sayin….

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Maya's Notebook

I just finished Isabel Allende’s new novel, “Maya’s Notebook.”  Excuse me here while I SWOON.  I have read some of Allende’s work and know her to be a great writer, but this, THIS IS AMAZING.  First of all, the idea of writing the story in her notebook is right up my alley, I love anything and everything about notebooks, pens, paper, writing and pouring out souls onto paper. 

This notebook, Maya’s notebook, is the story of an extraordinary young woman, a survivor, a can you believe it kind of character that I liked from the first page.  Maya’s grandfather, her Popo, her hero, her constant, is key in this story.  I’m the kind of reader who does not read fly leaves or back covers because I hate to know what the story is going to be, I only want to experience it myself and that is why I’m not going to do that here by telling you more.  What I am going to tell you is if you miss this story with this caliber of writing, then you miss.  Sadly.  Allende is a genius at setting up the scene where you find yourself so intensely IN the story that even the phone ringing was so foreign in the scene that I screamed from my chair when Jaq called from FoxTale.  Whew! 

I happen to know a great little indie who has a copy waiting for your weekend read.  RUN and snatch up this little gem while you can.


~ Karen




On blogging….

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Maybe I’ve looked at too many young mother yuppie California girl blogs or maybe it’s just cynical Sunday and I’m still stuck with this nasty cold but this blog is on the self centeredness of blogging, she says as she spouts off on her own blog….  But really, how many people really CARE about photos of YOU and your endless prattle about what YOU and your children are doing every minute of the freakin’ day?!

Just this morning I happened upon a blog where the mother hired a professional photographer to come photograph her with her shirt unbuttoned down to her waist with her blonde hair blowing in the breeze and then a double photo shoot with her teenage daughter where they both wore short shorts and cowboy boots.  PULEEZE… I mean, IS THERE A POINT TO THIS?  Because, for me, I could care less about it all… Which may lead you to ask, why are you writing on your OWN blog?  Great question!  Because Val and Ellen told me to?  Because I want to see if anybody at all reads it?  Because it’s social media and the thing to do in the new millennium?  All of the above?  Maybe I’ll just add some photos of ME or my GRANDCHILDREN or of my CAT.  Like anybody really cares?  This blog, Elly, is for you.  Because you find me amusing when I’m snarky…