The magic of books – Just call me Jack

The magic of books – Just call me Jack

  It’s difficult to convey in words what books mean to me, but since it’s Write or Die Wednesday I suppose I’ll have to try. My earliest memory of books is reading Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs & Ham, over and over and over again, until I knew the words by heart and could recite them, line by rhyming line, like a prayer.  In some ways, it kind of was a prayer.  It was the first book of (relatively) significant length that I had ever read, and the fact that I, an ESL kid who up until recently could hardly even speak or comprehend English properly, could read this book and understand everything, was a personal miracle.  I remember relishing in that little triumph, borrowing that book from the library and keeping it beside me even as I...

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Writing in the company of others

Writing in the company of others

This past weekend on the 21st of February I was fortunate enough to attend the New Oceania Creative Writing Conference, which is sponsored by the  University of Hawaii’s Creative Writing department. It was nice to be able to mull around a university campus on a Saturday morning, chatting with writers of all ages and backgrounds as I waited for the first session of the day to start.  Writing is such a lonely activity that going to such an event, being able to bask in that sense of writerly community, brought immense satisfaction. My first session, “The Nuts and Bolts of Novel Writing” with Hawaii Pacific University professor and novelist Tyler McMahon was so full of useful tidbits that I ended up filling five whole pages of note paper, and even...

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