Storied Enchantments (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: I’ve looked up to master wordsmiths all my life. They can fill the lives of people with so much joy, and in my mind they are true wizards capable of casting spells and enchantments on their audiences.] On stormy afternoons  when tears     trickle       like  Continue reading “Storied Enchantments (A Poem)”

A Reading Experience (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: I’ve read that we are never read the same work twice, meaning that each time we approach a text, we approach it from a new perspective. We might think of different things, for instance, as an adult reading a tale we enjoyed as a child–and notice new aspects of theContinue reading “A Reading Experience (A Poem)”

Wolfwalkers: The Graphic Novel (A Short Book Review)

Based on the film by: Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart Adapted by: Sam Sattin Published by: Little, Brown Books (Hachette Book Group) Trailer for the animated movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_Z_tybgPgg The Cartoon Saloon animation studio has achieved a great deal of acclaim with their beautifully drawn movies in recent years, focused around stories and legends from IrelandContinue reading “Wolfwalkers: The Graphic Novel (A Short Book Review)”

Lost Media (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on some musings I’ve had on the titular subject, especially old shows from childhood that are now difficult to find–mostly because they never made the move from one type of media to another. Are there any examples of lost media that you would love to find again someday?] LikeContinue reading “Lost Media (A Poem)”

Tree Library (A Haiku)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: The other day, I learned of an 110-year-old cottonwood tree that had been converted into a miniature library by a librarian and bookbinder for her community. Now the community has another wonderful place to enjoy. Here is the article: https://littlefreelibrary.org/2019/01/librarian-transforms-110-year-old-tree-into-jaw-dropping-little-free-library/%5D A small library made to fill a sturdy tree— literaryContinue reading “Tree Library (A Haiku)”

Journal Entry #25–Line Editing Position and Learning Process

The last few days have been exciting in terms of my personal writing journey. Hopewell Publications, which runs The US Review of Books where I work as a book reviewer, offered an opportunity to join them in their latest venture of offering manuscript editing services. I submitted an application and got accepted as a lineContinue reading “Journal Entry #25–Line Editing Position and Learning Process”

A special bookmark — Keep it alive

Mindy loved the smell of old, musty books, especially those in her grandpa’s library. Whenever they came to visit her grandfather, she would go to his study and explore the old books there, eventually selecting one that she hadn’t read yet, though with years it was getting difficult as she had read more than half […]Continue reading “A special bookmark — Keep it alive”

Journal Entry #21–Creative Gems Collaboration Released!

A project four months in the making is now available, Creative Gems. My friend Andrea, a brilliant children’s book illustrator, challenged writers to match poems and short stories with her artwork for this collaboration, and every step of the process was exciting to see happen. I was among the more than 20 writers to submitContinue reading “Journal Entry #21–Creative Gems Collaboration Released!”

Reading list — Keep it alive

Today, Dr Tanya has asked our opinion on this quote by George R R Martin TODAY’S QUOTE: “You need to read everything. Read fiction, non-fiction, magazines, newspapers. Read history, historical fiction, biography. Read mystery novels, fantasy, SF, horror, mainstream, literary classics, adventure, satire. Every writer has something to teach you, for good or ill. (And […]Continue reading “Reading list — Keep it alive”

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