Archive for October, 2007

Spooky . . .

October 31, 2007

It being Halloween and all that, I was trying to think of the scariest thing I could write about. But that would be an IRS audit (Ba-dum-BUM from the drum set in the corner).

Back to writing. Whose writing has scared the bejeebers out of you? To be honest, as much as I love Stephen King — and I do — I don’t tend to get particularly scared by much within the horror genre. Feel free to take that as a challenge and tell me what books within that genre have made you sleep with the lights on. No, the scariest novel I’ve read in recent memory tends to play on the deep-seated terror of parents everywhere: the randomness of losing your child. Not “losing” as in a euphemism for death, but “losing” as in she is there one minute and the next she’s not.

The novel I’m thinking of is called PLACE LAST SEEN by Charlotte McGuinn Freeman, cover place last seenand without giving away too much, it revolves around the search for a young girl with Down syndrome who goes missing when her family is on a camping trip. Considering I still recall many of the salient details of the book despite the fact that I read it probably close to a year ago, I’d say that qualifies as good writing.

A quick note about the books I endorse. WordPress’ free blog service has a strict no advertising rule; therefore, you won’t see any Amazon links in my blog or, for that matter, any advertising at all. But if you want to read a book I talk about, please go buy it, or go to the library, or find it somehow.

Talk to me. What writing has scared you senseless?


Hello world!

October 30, 2007

Golly. My first post. So, to my family and three friends who will be checking this out, let me say hello, and thanks for reading. Truly, I have big dreams for this blog. I would love for it to rekindle passions for reading, turn people on to new and or obscure writers, bring world harmony. But I’ll settle at the beginning for providing entertainment to anyone who stumbles in.

You may have some questions for me. If I may be so bold, I will anticipate some of them for you.

What’s WordHappy all about?

You know how you occasionally will read a book or magazine article, or hear lyrics of a song, or get a piece of dialogue stuck in your head–in a good way? How when that happens, it sometimes makes you want to shout from the rooftops that you’ve found something great? Maybe this doesn’t ever happen to you. But it happens to me all the time. So in the interest of giving shout-outs to all those writers who’ve crafted words that have made me happy, I’ve begun this blog.

Why should I listen to you?

Because I have impeccable taste, that’s why. Honestly, there is so much good writing out there that I can’t possibly cover it all. So I hope you all will use the comments section to provide your own shout-outs to good writing. But my tastes run from pure mainstream to darned obscure, so chances are good that I might turn some people on to areas they haven’t considered before. And I’m covering a wide berth — when I say writing in all its forms, I’m not only talking about books, I’m talking magazine articles, blogs, song lyrics, poetry, movies and television, and even, dare I say, advertising and marketing!

I also have treats and surprises in store for my (please, please) growing readership. Periodically, when I can call in favors, I will be posting interviews with great writers to talk about the writing that makes them happy too!

Who the heck are you?

I was raised by a herd of feral sheep in the crags and foothills of Maryland. Conversation tended to be a little stilted, but fortunately, an itinerant knitter/office supplies salesman and his family wandered through and took me in. Ah, how we would talk late into the night debating the benefits of paper clips vs. staples, and why packs of pens only include one red one. Alas, a disagreement over the sketchy future of the sticky note led to our estrangement, and I was once again alone. I made my way to Seattle, where I hid out daily in coffeeshops, blatantly eavesdropping on people’s conversations about tv and movies, reading their discarded books and magazines, dreaming of the day when I would be able to blog about the writing I loved. And here I am.

So, that brings me to the end of this introductory post. I welcome all comments. But remember, this is a blog to celebrate writing, not to tear it down. You are welcome to disagree with me, and I with you, but let’s keep it positive, shall we?

Thanks for reading!