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Review: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother   Leave a comment

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I gave this book 4 stars immediately after reading it. I had raced through, wondering what this lady was going to do next. However after a few days of contemplation I changed my attitude. The author is this super intelligent woman who has an academic role at a leading university. I don’t think that this book is in her normal writing style. Who cares? Well I think I do. I feel a bit patronised as a reader. Maybe I’ve just got the ‘nothing to read’ blues but I think it’s more. I’ve been writing a children’s book over the last few days and I’m finding myself using more simplistic language than I would for say a YA book. This is because I know that most YA readers will have more words in their reading vocabulary than most under 10s. Looking back at this book it strikes me that the author perhaps wrote down to her audience (ie me) and now I feel a bit disheartened. Initially I liked the book because it was such an easy read, now I’m wondering if it being such an easy read has ruined it for me.

Anyway the book offered an interesting insight into how the author has chose to raise her two daughters. Whilst her methods are unconventional (in the UK) they have obviously worked for her. I don’t think I’ll be taking any parenting tips from her but I appreciate that she really does want the best for her kids.

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Posted April 7, 2012 by Susan in Uncategorized

Getting started   Leave a comment

I have managed to get stuck into the story I want to write just now. Unfortunately it’s another new story. Whoops. On the plus side I have written more in 24 hours than in weeks of working on my other pieces. I’ve also worked out the finer details of timelines and events. I’ve also done a substantial amount of research and think that I have everything straight in my head. All problems ironed out. Shame I don’t quite know how it’s going to end. I could either go for a nice, jolly, everyone lived happily ever after OR lives devastated. I’m leaning towards devastated. I love a book that ends badly (for the characters not the writer!). Im tempted to work out both endings now, however I do love lettin a story lead me to the conclusion.

Do you NEED to know where your story is headed before you get there?

Posted April 7, 2012 by Susan in ramblings

Head over heart?   Leave a comment

Having managed to do a lot of thinking about writing it’s time to make some decisions. I have started 2 novels, a book of poetry and 2 short stories. All very different. I’m not sure what to do next. Should I just make myself sit and write and finish one of my pieces or should I continue ambling on adding wee bits here and there as I feel like it?

I know that my solution will come from forcing my head to make a decision but I’m not convinced that I can write a story if my heart is rooting for another. I suspect it’s time for me to employ my tried and tested method for achievement. The To Do List.

Once I complete my to do list I’m not sure what to do next. Do I choose the piece with the least to do? Or the most? Or do I just file the lists for the time when my heart tells me to write this story? Either way I don’t think I’m going to get much written today (well, apart from those lists)…

Posted April 6, 2012 by Susan in ramblings