Hello world!

Welcome all to Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, in other words, my ramblings on food, books, and the universe in no order whatsoever.

Recently TJ Klune was blogging on whether size mattered when it came to books.  My thoughts?

 Well, length depends, in my mind, upon the author and editor. I love long in the right hands (snicker). It means that I have more time in the special world the author has created with characters I have come to love. Frustrate me, irritate me, made me swoon with joy and dive into despair with the characters and I’m yours no matter the length.

But bore me, make me flip back and forth to figure out timelines, povs, flashbacks, then I’m gone no matter the length but usually this happens in longer books where the author starts wandering, lost in their own story unable to find the path back. And with a good or great editor, that can be avoided.

Books recently read that fit into the long category?  Bear, Otter and The Kid by TJ Klune and Over The Mountain of the Moonby Reiko Morgan.

Author Sarah Black’s books often, to my dismay, fit into the shorter category.  She is such a fine author that I quickly sink into the story only to emerge when I reach the end.  Then it’s “What? What? It’s over? Nooooooo….”  Her most recent, Marathon Cowboys is available at Dreamspinner Press and is a must read in my opinion.  I loved it and rated it 4.5 stars.  Check out her blog on Navajo characters and their stories.  Illuminating and wonderful.  Everything I eventually hope to bring to this blog.  She sets the bar high.

So that’s my start.  Still figuring out the darn formatting thing.  Look what I did to poor Kirby in the picture.  I promise it will get better.

Melanie

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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