Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Books

I landed a couple of good anthologies from a Goodwill store and thought I'd share them. One of them may have been purchased at a dollar store but altogether, they cost me about $5.00.

The first is The Twilight and Other Zones: The Dark Worlds of Richard Matheson. Matheson wrote Duel, which was Steven Spielberg's directorial debut, as well as I am Legend. Having read and enjoyed both, I'm interested to learn more about the author and his process. I also understand that a few of the entries may contain new stories based on Matheson's work, so it looks to be a good read.

The other is Isaac Asimov Presents The Golden Years of Science Fiction. It contains 28 stories and novellas, as chosen by Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg. This book was only $2.99 at Goodwill. I saw several books I wouldn't have minded owning but not at those prices. This particular anthology is worth the admission, I hope.

I bought a couple of technical books, as well, but I just wanted to share my new additions. I'm proud of my personal library!

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015


Once again we hearken back to childhood with today's prompt which asks you to think back to an experience that taught you something about both the adult world and yourself. Try to write several paragraphs on this but do not belabor the obvious.

You might try telling your story to a character. Is this character a willing listener? An interrupter? Did s/he bear witness to whatever it is you are discussing? Was s/he somehow involved?

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

Monday, April 6, 2015


Many of us have hobbies or were at least interested in extra-curricular activities in school. Today's prompt asks you to "illustrate" (through words, of course) why you enjoy[ed] playing an instrument or sports or engaging in another pastime or hobby. You needn't describe the hobby unless it is an unusual one with which most people would not be familiar or is necessary to your tale.

This is much like an essay you may have had to write in school. Pay more attention to it this time! Don't forget that a majority of readers are not likely to have pursued the same thing(s), unless you aim your piece at a specific group who may have some insight into the hobby.

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Round Robin

She could feel a breeze of air coming from beneath the door but she saw no light. Hers was a precarious situation and whatever lay on the other side of that door could hardly be worse than what she presently faced. Or could it? She bit her bottom lip, clenched her eyes, and pursed her mouth - her decision made.

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Laying it Down

I recently went without Internet access for nearly a month but, luckily, I did have access to numerous books. One of these was a fantasy regarding a woman who inherited a manse from her eccentric aunt whom she had only briefly encountered previously when she was a child.

The book was rife with intrigue regarding the rather commonplace - for instance, her mother disapproved of her aunt and her father was a pastor who did not know that the girl was not actually his child. The fantastic bits were likewise simple and not as fantastic as explanatory: For the most part, her aunt was an educated woman who used homeopathy and scientific methodology to concoct poisons and slaves she then provided to those in the countryside. For these reasons, she was labeled a "witch."

Again, intriguing and historically accurate but not terribly entertaining, especially since these points were belabored well into the 25th chapter! That was around the place where I stopped fighting my increasingly growing disinterest and laid the book down.

Have you ever stopped reading a book, even one you'd read the majority of? I know some people cringe at the thought, the going assumption being that you don't know how good the book may or may not have been if you didn't finish it. Others say such persistence is necessary for all things in life where others say life is too short to read bad books.

What say you?

© C Harris Lynn DBA The Weirding, 2015