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Archive for the ‘Reader’s Holiday Greetings’

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 14, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

To Karen McQuestion, the author of A Scattered Life:

I’ve spent some time reading up on your story and it is such an inspiration to anyone who has ever found their work to be ignored by the “traditional” publishing houses. I haven’t had the opportunity to read your book yet, but one of the things that I love about the Christmas season is that I am able to spend more time than usual reading. There’s just something wonderful about being able to curl up with a good book next to a twinkling Christmas tree! I’m looking forward to it and “A Scattered Life” will be among my holiday reads. I’m looking forward to reading “Easily Amused” as well. Happy Holidays to you, your husband, and your three almost-grown children!

Jonita Fex

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To Tanya Egan Gibson, author of How to Buy a Love of Reading:

Dear Tanya,

This holiday season, I think I shall buy you a love of reading… Just kidding! But I would like to thank you for writing such an original story. I really admire that you didn’t pull any punches (like with Hunter’s addiction issues).

Here’s a little virtual gift. Cheesy, I know.

Warm holiday wishes to you and yours!

Kristan

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 13, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

A Gift Slipped Between the Pages, Every Time

Sometimes, and it’s a joy each time it happens, I’m reading along and the book is so engrossing and so perfectly wonderful that a part of my brain is wondering, “How did she do it? How did she tie that plot line so beautifully? How did she drop that one little bit there in the beginning that now makes so much sense? How did she make these engaging characters who feel like my friends?”

Books have always been for me a promise of a trip to someplace special – a warm coffee shop in Paris at night, its windows frosted over with cold or a slow ride down a cotton turnrow on a Sunday afternoon – and even more, a chance to make friends, to get to know people who otherwise, without the book, without the story, I never would have known.

Books take me to different places and even to different times. They let me hang around in a 1920s-era backstage dressing rooms, on battlefields in Europe, in King Arthur’s Court, and in the beauty shop downtown.

It’s incredible when you think of it. Someone sits alone at a computer for hours. Someone pulls out a notebook in a long grocery line. Someone stays up until one o’clock in the morning writing. How do they keep at it?

I sometimes wonder how a novel ever gets written anytime, anywhere, ever.

Novelists must do it because the people in the books matter. Writers hold in themselves a story that they are compelled to tell. It must be that way: writing can, at times, be such a lonely, frustrating, and discouraging endeavor that otherwise, why would anyone do it?

I think a novelist’s job can be a supremely hard one, and also, an honorable one.

I’m so grateful to these people who keep at, who churn the words out, who spin the tales that keep us enthralled and guessing and turning the pages, staying up way past bedtime because we care what happens next. Without those stories, think how drab life would be.

The characters help us stretch our limits. They visit places we may not otherwise ever go, or even know about. They take us by the hand and invite us into their worlds.

Thank you, thank you, thank you all.

Keetha