As a non-native English speaker, I always felt at a disadvantage from most native English writers not only because any given writer would be better practiced than I am in his native language, but also that any one of my peers has read several great works of literature at school while I haven’t. Most schools in Lebanon never give students reading assignments—except for short stories in academic books which have no literary merit whatsoever.
If you know me well enough, you will know that I don’t make excuses when it comes to improving my craft. Even though I’m way behind many writers when it comes to reading, it’s never too late to catch up– especially for a fast reader like myself. One of the books on the list was Animal Farm by George Orwell, which I read and finished in two days this week. The other is Lord of the Flies, which I’m currently enjoying. While I don’t have an English literature teacher slash aspiring writer to help me analyze the book as I go, I will have to rely on myself to do that. I will also be sharing my favorite quotes from the book. Here’s one of my favorite so far.
This word is for those of you who are dealing with the unpleasant.
Abrasive [uh-brey-siv, -ziv] (adj.) :
tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive.
“Abrasive comments on my posts will be marked as spam,” she wrote in the bio of her blog.
How would you handle an abrasive follower?
Did you guys know that I have an Instagram account for positive quotes and motivation? It’s @thepositivegram and you should follow it if you have an account; I’m close to 10k followers there.
On another note, I started a new personal Instagram account @MissBenison. I’m also @MissBenison on Twitter.
I have missed blogging. A few cool posts will come your way soon. Meanwhile, when I’m not writing or blogging, you will find me in bed, obsessing about books, lit mags, and classics.
Last night, I stayed up till the early hours of the morning watching an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None. Has anyone seen that? I thought the book was much better.
What have you guys been up to?
There’s no reason to wait another day.
The Silver-laced seat of power sits before the gold-plated crucifix.
The lesser ones sit in duplicates of six.
The stranger scans the room with trained eyes.
And charms the watching audience with precise lies.
His lips quiver in reference to aged symbols.
His fingers circle in adoration of ancient enroll.
He sits steadily in the middle of comfort and torment.
And demands silence in the execution of judgment.
In her collection, The Siege, Esther Newton has proven to be a versatile writer who is able to tell engaging stories, and create strong characters in a terse manner. While each story is an average of 2,000 words long, when reading those tales, the reader feels that he’s traveled a long way with the characters and the plot, as every sentence is in its place, and every word propels the story forward.
My two favorite stories in the collection would be The Siege, the title of the book, which tells a fast-paced tale of entrapment and liberation. And, The Best and Worst Bonfire Night Ever, which is great because Newton was able to narrate multiple events, from multiple viewpoints, in a brief number of pages.
Perfect for the prolific and the novice readers alike, The Siege and Other Award Winning Stories is a collection to keep on your tablet for whenever you need to escape into a fictional world. The book could be bought on Amazon and several other e-book sellers.
Book Link: http://www.amazon.com/Siege-Other-Award-Winning-Stories-ebook/dp/B00LCCG9S2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409628682&sr=8-1&keywords=the+siege+and+other+award+winning+short+stories
Esther Newton’s Blog: http://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/
As promised, I am continuing to post in my Word of the Day section. Today’s word is Idiosyncrasy.
Idiosyncrasy [id-ee-uh-sing-kruh-see, -sin-] (noun):
1. a characteristic, habit, mannerism that is peculiar to an individual or group.
2. the physical characteristics peculiar to an individual or group.
3. peculiarity in the physical or mental constitution of an individual or group, especially susceptibility towards drugs, food, etc…
She could hunt flies in an open field, but couldn’t grab a cat if it sat on her own lap– that was part of her idiosyncrasy.