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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Writer Wednesday with Mark Twain

Image of Book Cover for Mark Twain's Notebooks: Journals, Letters, Observations, Wit, Wisdom and Doodles on the Writer Wednesday blog post for Extra Ink EditsHello!
On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Today's pick is Mark Twain's Notebooks: Journals, Letters, Observations, Wit, Wisdom, and Doodles.

Divided into sections such as family, European travels, and business Mark Twain's life is shown in this behind-the-scenes book.

One portion I particularly enjoyed was reading Mark Twain's game that he invented to help his children learn the kings and queens of England. It was complete with Twain's humorous drawings depicting each member of royalty. Another interesting thing to see was the house plans for Twain's Connecticut home.

This book is a little bit of everything. Twain's humor shines through in the lectures that he toured with and in a series of political letters that he wrote as satire about women's right to vote. Twain was a supporter of enfranchisement. In the letters he remarks on such things as women not wanting to state their true age and so they'd be unable to vote. This ability to laugh at others while spinning a story for them is something that is known in his novels and rings true in these accounts of his life.

My best to you all,

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Writer Wednesday: The Secret Garden


On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Today's pick is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Several years ago, I saw the movie of this. I knew it was one of the books that I wanted to read this summer. Gardens and summer naturally go together.

Photo of the Secret Garden Book Cover on Writer Wednesday Blog Post from Writing Consultant and Author Megan Easley-WalshAs I read this story, it was absolutely charming and delightful! There's a magic to this book that has to do with much more than a garden growing behind a locked and hidden door. It begins with Mary Lennox in India. Much like the garden that she will later find, Mary is also overlooked and tucked away. Her journey of discovery, when she is forced to move to the countryside in Yorkshire, England sees the world unfolding around Mary. The friends that she meets and the lives that she changes are like the sleeping garden in the winter that need the warmth and sun of spring to blossom fully alive again.

One particular part of the story I liked was when the robin befriends her, as I had a robin visit me in the garden as I was planting flower seeds as well They really do chirp around you and seem as if they are speaking to you.

This book has found its place among some of my favorite classics. Would you like to read it? You can do so for free! It's available on Project Gutenberg.

Have you read The Secret Garden? What books do you think are great for summer? What are some of your favorite classics?

My best to you all,

Monday, August 15, 2016

Keely Brooke Keith: How To Know When Your Manuscript Is Ready: an inte...

Today Keely is hosting me on her blog, where we're discussing editing. Join us through the link below!

Keely Brooke Keith: How To Know When Your Manuscript Is Ready: an inte...: Today, I’m interviewing Megan Easley-Walsh, writing consultant with Extra Ink Edits . Megan’s specialty is content editing, and I can tell...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Writer Wednesday: A service to help the writer

On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Frequently, it's a book that I've recently read. One of the books that I'm currently reading is a manuscript by a writer that I've previously worked with in the past. I'm offering a general impressions service to her.

What's that?

A general impressions service offers a writer the confidence of having an expert opinion of a writing consultant and professional editor on his or her manuscript in a timely manner. Much of publishing involves waiting. With Extra Ink Edits, writers have minimal waiting time while their manuscripts are being reviewed so they can get back to the important business of revising, editing, writing and
ultimately publishing.

Who is this service for?
If you've finished a manuscript and want to know if it's working or if it needs more work, you're the right person. If you want to know what to do to improve your writing, this service is for you. If you're looking for a professional beta reader, with over eight years of experience in helping other writers and in experience as a college English teacher, this is for you.

Great! So what do I do?
Send me an email at [email protected] or visit Extra Ink Edits.

I look forward to reading your writing!

My best to you all,