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New book review up!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! My apologies for not posting on Monday. So many tasks — so little time! But I’m thrilled to be able to share a new book review with you. Today I share the review of a memoir by acclaimed author Gary Paulsen, who wrote Hatchet and other incredible works for young people. Here’s the opening to my post on his new book Gone to the Woods.

After writing dozens of novels for young people, acclaimed author Gary Paulsen turns his literary talents to examine his own life. Through the course of a difficult childhood and teen years, he discovers a key trait—the ability to survive, no matter the circumstances—as evidenced in the adventure books he wrote later. While readers get many answers, they’re also left with questions. Paulsen shares in exquisite prose some of his most painful memories but doesn’t do them full justice in his memoir Gone to the Woods.

Read the full review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Happy Inauguration Day, by the way! And don’t forget to wear a mask, stay socially distant, wash your hands, and bundle up out there.

Have a great rest of the week!

E.R.G.

Second week of January…

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A very good (late) evening to you, Write Edge readers! Whew, I wasn’t sure if I would get to post this evening, but here I am. It’s been a good day; just a busy one.

As I do every day, I spent quite a bit of time thinking about writing and my life’s passion to express myself with this craft. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it takes a lot of courage. This week’s motivational quote speaks to both ideas:

“In order to achieve anything, you must be brave enough to fail.”—Kirk Douglas

It’s Monday, which means a new piece. This week, I elected to write a micro nonfiction piece, so I won’t share an excerpt. But it’s definitely a direct reflection of what’s on everyone’s minds these days. Check it out now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop.

On Wednesday, I’ll share a new book review with you. Come back to find out what I thought of the YA book You Have a Match by Emma Lord. You can find that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

Then, at the end of the week, I go back to Instagram. Check out old posts with my handle, @EktaRGarg. Come back for new ones on Friday!

I normally tell everyone here at the end to mask up, stay socially distant, and wash your hands. Today I’ll add, “Listen to one another — really.” Maybe, if we did more listening, we’d have less reason to be so wary.

Thinking of you, readers.

E.R.G.

Happy new year!

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A very happy new year, my wonderful readers! I hope you all had a restful holiday with loved ones and good food. I’m back at my desk, ready to work, and so excited to share with you all the fun of my writing/editing corner for 2021.

First, this week’s motivational quote. In times like these, and during the winter doldrums (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) it’s easy to get caught up in…well, inertia. Not doing anything. Letting the weather or the news or even our responsibilities drag us down. That’s when it’s the most important time to go back to that life passion you’re pursuing and spend time with it, even if that just means five minutes. This week’s quote goes right to the heart of that.

“A day of bad writing is always better than a day of no writing.”—Don Roff

I have a brand new short story for you! Check out the excerpt below:

I got called a lot of things in my time on the job: bouncer; butch; babysitter; ballbuster. Even some I don’t care to repeat here in mixed company, but, believe me, I heard ‘em. All the years I been workin’, I heard it all and seen it all.

And now I’m ready to leave it all behind. If anyone knows a thing or two about that, it’s me. I ain’t no baby.

Read the whole thing now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a brand new review with you. Next week sees the release of The Perfect Guests by mystery author Emma Rous. On Wednesday I’ll let you know what I thought of the book on The Write Edge Bookshelf, so be sure to come back for that!

And on Friday, we’re back to Instagram! I’ll share a quick peek into New Year festivities, a lovely Christmas gift, and more. Also, find out what I’m reading and reviewing for next week. Check out previous posts with my handle, @EktaRGarg, or on my Facebook author page.

That’s all for now! Wear a mask, stay socially distant, wash your hands, and have a fantastic night and week, readers!

E.R.G.