Archive for August, 2011

Welcome to the Awesome August Blog Hop, where bloggers from all over the Internet have come together to throw a summertime party!

Every blog on this hop is offering a fun prize, and entering is quick and easy. Simply follow the instructions on each blog, leave a comment, and bop right along to the next blog. You can win multiple times, so be sure to check out all the participating blogs!

On my blog, you can win a $15 Amazon gift card! Because you can NOT have too many books.

To enter:

1. Become a follower of this blog, be it Google Friend Connect, a blog reader, or RSS email feed. (If you’re already a follower, you’re golden. In more ways than one.)

2. Do any of these: Follow me on Twitter (@the_damsel), be my friend on Facebook (Margot Hovley), or mention my blog on Twitter, FB, or Google Plus. (I won’t complain if you do more than one) Or, you can “like” my other Facebook page, the one for my self-reliance blog, Old School.

3. Leave me a comment and tell me that you’ve done both things. If your e-mail isn’t available through your profile, I’ll need you to leave that, too – I can’t tell you if you’ve won if I can’t contact you!

This blog hop runs through Wednesday night at midnight, so be sure to enter before then! The winner will be notified by e-mail.

Now that you’ve entered my contest, come meet all my other blog friends and see what fun things they are offering!

Awesome August Blog Hop Participants

1. Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author
2. Karen Hoover
3. Michael Young
4. Kristy Tate
5. cindy Hogan
6. Julie Bellon
7. Margot Hovley
8. Laurie Lewis
9. Mandi Slack
10. Melanie Jacobson
11. Joyce DiPastena
12. Renae Mackley
13. Debbi Weitzell
14. Donna Hatch
15. Carolyn Frank
16. Marsha Ward
17. Stacy Coles
18. Bonnie Harris
19. Danyelle Ferguson aka Queen of the Clan
20. Diony George
21. Lisa Asanuma
22. Susan Dayley
23. Christine Bryant @ Day Dreamer
24. Stephanie Humphreys
25. Ranee` Clark
26. Tamera Westhoff
27. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
28. Heather Justesen
29. Rebecca Talley
30. Jennifer Hurst
31. Aimee Brown
32. Cheryl Christensen
33. Rachelle Christensen
34. Imaginary Reads
35. Andrea Pearson

Learn more about Awesome August Blog Hop here.

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Inklings is the first stop on the virtual book tour for the new book by James M. Conis, The Latter Rain, published by Castle Mountain Press.


I welcomed the chance to read this, as I recognize that I don’t read nearly enough non-fiction, and practically no religious books except the Scriptures. That’s something I’d like to change.

The Latter Rain’s subtitle goes like this: Using the Book of Isaiah as the Key to Unlock Bible Prophecies That Are Relevant Today. I was immediately intrigued, because I’ve always been mystified—and frustrated—by my inability to “get” Isaiah.

The book uses a scholarly but very readable voice. The text is easy to understand, broken up into frequent sections with bold headings. A large amount of Scripture is intertwined into the text, and just as I’d hoped, the passages are explained and discussed.

Although Isaiah is a focus of the book, its purpose isn’t to decode Isaiah chapter by chapter. Rather, it sets out to explain certain symbolism used in Isaiah and then apply that symbolism to other holy books, both in the Old and New Testaments.

I found Conis’s reasoning clear and logical—perhaps because I suspect we share the same faith. Others from a different religious background may see things quite differently. These are Conis’s opinions and interpretations, and some people may feel he is taking a leap of logic in his assertions. He never states his religious affiliation (that I caught, anyway) and I believe he has done that to prevent readers from making certain assumptions. And I agree that for this book, it really isn’t necessary to have that information. He sets out the way he sees it in an easy-to-understand manner, and readers may then draw their own conclusions.

I can tell this book has been the result of a huge amount of research and personal study. I admire people who can produce this kind of work. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is searching for more light and knowledge about the Scriptures. The book can be purchased here:

FTC disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but this in no way affects my opinion.

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All these writing terms. What do they mean, anyway?


Should you learn them all?

Think of them as your tool chest. Learn how to “operate” them and keep them sharp and tidy. Then it’s up to you when you pull them out and put to best use. Or not.

However, I think it’s ironic that I can’t understand this definition of irony from

: a pretense of ignorance and of willingness to learn from another assumed in order to make the other’s false conceptions conspicuous by adroit questioning.

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There’s a website you can paste text into that will “analyze” your writing and tell you what famous author you write like.

You Write Like

This is for one of those hours when you can’t get anything worthwhile written, and you’re wasting time on your digital thingy. It’s a fun way to spend five minutes, even if it can’t possibly be accurate. After all, it says I write like Dan Brown. Pshaw.

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Writers have many decisions to make about perspective. Shall I tell the story from first person point of view? Shall I use a narrator? Which set of eyes should I use to tell my story? Which viewpoint will tell it best? Or will more than one viewpoint shine a better light on my character?

And there’s a completely different question about perspective that must be answered: do I tell the story as if it’s happening now? Or as if the character is looking back on the events with the perspective of hindsight?

As a writer, I have to answer all these questions, and I have to do it in a way that’s fresh. I have to ask myself, like Orson Scott Card says, “How ELSE could it happen?” I must learn to not pick the quick, obvious answer, but look deeper.

I must learn to really look. See more clearly. With less tired eyes.

Look at the picture again. Change your viewpoint, your perspective. Imagine yourself high above the couple, looking down. Now they are lying on the concrete at the bottom of a flight of stairs.

How ELSE could it happen?

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