Finding My Creative State of Mind

 

Trudy has found her niche

Trudy has found her niche

Happy 2014.  I’m happy here blogging after a long absence.

I did it to myself.  I gave myself little to no time to write, post, or read over the past six months. Why eliminate my passion, what I enjoy most in life? What about Pound Cake? Will my next book ever get written?  Sadly, where I once used research and reading and writing and staying in tune with all of my blog buddies for relaxation, I recently discovered the addictive false high of Candy Crush, Bingo Blitz and reality TV, and have indulged at every and any idle moment.   

Writing is not like exactly like riding a bike.  You never forget how to use language, but the less you read, write, participate in discussions, the more you have to ramp up to get back in the groove.  As you can see, I’m trying to ramp up now.  I proclaimed creative progress as my goal all week; and now, on Friday, I struggle to run my wobbly bald tires up the wooden plank to take a high jump.  Before it’s too late.

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Book Review X-it by Jane George

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I came of age in the 80’s. Jane George’s X-it, while a far cry from my little life, jolted me back to my adolescence and grabbed hold of my gut. Even if you’re just a fan of the 80’s, you’ll enjoy the references to music, fashion and, if you’re really sophisticated, the New York night life.

Beyond the 80’s though, is a beautiful, touching story of coming of age, falling in love with the wrong person, and recovering. The characters are real, even though they wear the stereotype punk gear and attitude.

When I started reading this book I was more interested in the era than the story. But it grabbed me. Jane George knows how to tell a story and make you think at the same time. I got hooked, to the point that I could not stop thinking about those characters, the flighty but beautiful X-it, and J.J., the girl who falls into an obsessive love with him and learns a lesson about growing up and letting go.

The descriptions are spot on, and beautifully detailed. X-it makes you want more and delivers.

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