"It is difficult to write dark suspense dramas, when I turn my head to the right and see fluffy white clouds and a golden sun enticing me outdoors. " - Peter Gray
For as long as I have been a writer, every summer I get the blues. While everyone is happy and enjoying the beautiful sunshine, I find my writing habits slowly fade away under the blaring heat of the summer sun.
I think that the setting has a lot to do with it. There is an inability to write stories that have ancient Gothic castles and stalking shadows that will inevitably lead the main characters to their doom. It is difficult to write dark suspense dramas, when I turn my head to the right and see fluffy white clouds and a golden sun enticing me outdoors. Let me be clear, I have never been a fan of this season, but now the warm balmy weather puts a damper on my ability to write a novel as well. Statically some of my best work has been penned on fierce stormy days with the rain heavily beating against the glass window. It is those moments that my mind becomes alive, imagination strikes as fast as lighting and my fingers dance over the keyboard as though it was lost in a waltz. Ah, but alas, the warm sunshine cannot bring the same feverish feeling to my mind.
Consequently, my writing of the story "Far from Home: Book Two" is currently put on a temporary hold. This sequel is torturous to the human soul, perhaps because it deals with death, the afterlife, and the dark twisted nature of true love. As a result, I will either have to wait until I am blessed with a few days of stormy weather or... I wait until the weather cools off and the autumn seasons starts to settle in (which is my favourite season for writing Gothic novels) it all depends on the timing and whatever the weather gods have to throw at me.
For now, I have been doing a lot of reading while trying to stay cool. At the moment, I am currently staring at the ever-increasing book pile that is stacked upon the edge of my desk. So, if I am quiet over the next two months on social media, at least you know the true reasoning for it. I will be lost in the haze of TBR reads and thrilling you with my witty, and ever so entertaining book reviews that you can find on my Goodreads page here.
So, if you ask me why I am so quiet, I can simply reply: "Don't worry, my dear, it is just a few pouts of the summer blues."
Take care everyone and stay safe,
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Happy readings everyone!
Book Review - Screaming Whispers
Screaming Whispers by Shreya Vijay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A heart-felt book full of trauma, darkness, periods of reflection and a hope for a better future.
"Screaming Whispers" does not fit into a single genre, rather it alternates between different ones to keep the reader engaged. The poems acted as mini stories, discussing topics that verged on the edge of hysteria and murderous rage to the simple act of falling in love. The strength of Vijay's poems come from her natural story-telling skills. By far my most favourite poem was "Garden of Eden," mainly because it felt deep philosophical as it questioned the different aspects of human nature. It was nice to see her thoughts verge on my own, which is there is no good or bad person, but we somehow fall in between. One segment of her poem left a profound mark on me, it stated the following:
We are all brought up to believe, that souls are pure,
But that is not the truth, like at all.
Regardless of our believes, souls are not white or black all the way,
What we don’t realize is that more often than not, there are shades of grey.
- Garden of Eden, Shreya Vijay
I would recommend this book of poetry to anyone that enjoys modern-day poems that deal with the struggles of early adolescence. If you want to be immersed in a world of feelings and angst, this is the book for you.
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