Life's Attic has just been reviewed by Midwest Book Review. Yay! They review less than a third of submitted titles, so I'm very excited that they chose to review mine. Established in 1976, the Midwest Book Review publishes a number of monthly book publications specifically designed for community and academic librarians, booksellers, and the general reading public. Life's Attic is featured in the January 2013 issue of their Small Press Bookwatch publication. Here's what they have to say: … Continue reading the story "Midwest Book Review Recommends Life’s Attic"
Award-winning actress Kathleen Gati has just said some very nice things about my novel, Life's Attic. I feel truly honoured.
"Just finished reading your book. WOW!!! It is truly a beautiful study of pure love, devotion, life, death and so much more. I savored every word and truly enjoyed it! I look forward to reading your next one!"
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~ Kathleen GatiIt's amazing to hear such feedback since the writing process itself is so solitary. To know that thoughts and words that I've strung together in private can now move others elsewhere in the world is nearly indescribable. But I'll try. :) When I set out to write this novel, I had … Continue reading the story "What’s Being Said About Life’s Attic?"
Here's the official press release for Life's Attic. It's available both as a PDF file and as a Word document. Life's Attic Press Release (10/23/2012) [pdf] [doc] Contact information is included in the press release if you would like to arrange a phone or online/email interview to discuss Life's Attic or my writing in general. I am also available for book readings and signings in the Victoria area of BC.
I am very pleased to announce that Life's Attic has now been released. Yay! Please visit the Life's Attic page of this site for full details, including how to get an autographed copy. Gee, that sounds so immodest and weird to say, but it is a request I received from some of those who obtained advance copies, so my pen is ready. I have also received a number of questions from those curious about my experiences with the writing and publishing process. I am planning to blog about this soon. If you have a question or detail you're particularly curious about, please let me know. It will be such fun to revisit all the gloriously fascinating, … Continue reading the story "Life’s Attic is Now Available!"
I've just launched an updated (and completely redesigned) version of this website. I hope you enjoy the changes and that everything functions as it should. If you find any problems, please let me know either via a comment or through the new contact form that sends messages directly to me. There's now a dedicated page for Life's Attic that, in addition to having the latest information on the book and its availability, includes a link to read an excerpt from the first chapter. I have consolidated the information from the separate website Elizabeth Ely's Harp Page (now archived) into its own page here Harp … Continue reading the story "Redesign of the Website"
My novel, Life's Attic, is being typeset as I speak (or type), and the cover art is being finalized as well. There have been more steps to this whole book writing/publishing process than I ever would have thought. But it's all fascinating to me, even though each part seems to take ten times longer than I think it should. Hopefully that will make it all the sweeter in the end when it's finally available. In the meantime, here's the blurb from the back cover. I'm curious what you think, so please feel free to comment. ~In the fictional West Coast town of Clementine, Leanne Porter is about to meet Jay Hanson. There's just one problem. Jay has AIDS. But will that stop … Continue reading the story "Publishing of Life’s Attic Getting Closer"
Hello everyone! Well, it sure has been a while since this blog has seen any updates. But there is a reason for that. I've been writing my first novel. I will post more about it soon. The entire process has been really fulfilling and exciting! But it has left little time for other writing. Hopefully I'll find a way to do both – perhaps with more shorter blog notes and thoughts. But in the meantime, I wanted to say hello. Please feel free to browse around the blog – I hope you enjoy it. Comments are always welcome. Have a great day!
The Titanic has long been the subject of controversy. From the myriad of mistakes and circumstances that tragically came together April 14, 1912 to the inadequate loading of lifeboats in the very early morning hours of April 15, 1912. From the different hearings and results into the disaster to speculation as to how and why the ‘unsinkable’ ship sank. And there has been more since the wreck was found in 1985 by Robert Ballard and his team. The debate as to whether or not Titanic should have remained at peace undisturbed as a graveyard for more than 1,500 people or explored and investigated like tombs from ancient Egypt. It’s a curious and complicated question as to when it’s OK to disturb … Continue reading the story "Titanic Controversy Set Aside for New Expedition"
Remember when a giant cardboard box was a magical playhouse? When folding box tops became windows or doors, and sheets over furniture extended your own little cardboard domain? In this electronic gadget and computer world, one may wonder how much this manual form of play and imagination still goes on. Hopefully parents everywhere are still saving those wonderful refrigerator boxes. And at least one designer is doing what she can to encourage cardboard fun. “Designer Liya Mairson has solved the issue of not having enough room to build a playhouse, or dedicate a … Continue reading the story "‘My Space’ Cardboard Playhouse & Cardboard Memories"
It sounds like it could almost be a plot for a movie à la James Cameron and his dives to Titanic. A team sets out to unlock the mysteries of the Great Pyramid at Giza by sending a mini robot deeper inside than anyone has ever ventured before. The Pyramid of Khufu is the only wonder of the ancient world that is still standing, and for 4,500 years it has amazed, mystified, and frustrated those who have tried to figure out its secrets. While some exploration has been partially successful, apparently no one has yet been able … Continue reading the story "Mini Robot to Explore Deep into the Great Pyramid"