28 July, 2011

Happy Endings: Do You Enjoy Books That Don't Have Them?



Disney is famous for changing the endings to such stories as The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and so on, from making them happier for the main character to cutting out the nasty bits. It makes for a nice fairy tale where the princess gets carried off into the sunset by the prince . . . but what about those unhappy endings?

Take, for example, The Kite Runner. I love that book. But it doesn't end happily, and neither does A Thousand Splendid Suns, also by Khaled Hosseini. They're sad, violent at times (particularly A Thousand Splendid Suns), but well-written books, and the endings make sense. Of course it would have been nice if things hadn't happened and the situations had been resolved differently, but it would have resulted in a very different story, and not necessarily a better one.

Which brings us to my question(s):

Does a story have to end happily for you to enjoy it and, if not, what was the last sad book you read that you liked? Have you ever read a book where you thought a happier ending would have made it stronger overall? Do you avoid books with sad endings? Would you (or have you) considered writing a book that didn't have a happy ending?




-----The Golden Eagle

26 July, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (47)

Teaser Tuesday has swung by again; this weekly meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. I always meant to get around to reading one of those "loose, baggy monsters", as Henry James called nineteenth-century Russian novels. Helping the experience is the fact there are illustrations in the version I took out the library that, apparently, Leo Tolstoy actually had done for the original.



At first he heard the sound of indifferent conversation, then the sound of Anna Mikhailovna's voice delivering a long speech, then a screech, then silence, then again both voices speaking with joyful intonations, and then steps, and Anna Mikhailovna opened the door for him. The expression on Anna Mikhailovna's face was the proud, happy and relieved expression of a surgeon who has just completed a difficult amputation and is admitting the public so that it can appreciate his skill.
-p. 310

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Got a teaser, or thoughts on the book you're reading? Feel free to leave them in the comments!


-----The Golden Eagle

25 July, 2011

700 FOLLOWERS!

This blog has reached 705 followers! *WOOT*

As usual, here are the latest 100 people, with links:

Peggy Eddleman
Chris Fries
Magpiewrites
Michelle Fayard
Sirra
Amy
Christine Tyler
Sean Thomas Fisher
Elizabeth
Daniel Shwent
Lauren
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Julie
MJ Fowler
S.B. Niccum
Meghan Kirkland
Jaye Robin Brown
Lori Skoog
Gracie
Filipe Rosa
Mark
Lydia
Shelly Sly
SJ Kincaid
Emma
Shannon Lawrence
Rachel McClellan
Jill Hathaway
Javid Suleymanli
StephanieD
Sananora
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Julie
Rose Wade
Judy Croome
Jane and Lance Hattatt
Paul Tobin
Maeve
Michael Scott Miller
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Paul D. Brazill
Claire Chilton
Atelie MK
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Budd
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Richard
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Angelina Hansen
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Bethany Elizabeth
BOSS
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Lorena G. Sims
Words A Day
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LynNerd
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LiLi
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Kadie Kinney
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Προεδρος
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Review Adventures
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Stefanie J Pristavu
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Stephanie
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Allpe
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Christine Rains
Laila
Alex Hoagland
Sarah Stasik
Sarah
Shelly
Gujjari Partha Sarathi
Vanessa

To view all other links, go HERE (for 500-600) and HERE (for all 500).

***If I don't have your link, spelled your name wrong, or missed your name, please tell me in the comments so I can fix it. :) ***

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Thank you so much for following, everyone!


-----The Golden Eagle

23 July, 2011

Award!

Jenny Pearson at Pearson Report recently awarded me The Fancy Fish Award:


Thank you, Jenny! :)

This one comes with a catch, however, and here it is:

I have to link back to Underwater Tales, the origin of this award.

And answer these questions:

Tell us a little about yourself:

  • Do you like to swim?
  • Have you ever swum with dolphins?
  • Do large bodies of water scare you?
  • What's your favorite movie that features water?
  • If you could be a sea creature what would it be?


. . . and "find three pals of the ocean to pass this along to".

Linked, so now to the questions!

Do you like to swim?
I don't know how. The closest I've gotten is floundering about like a fish out of water in a lake. And that was a while ago.

Have you ever swum with dolphins?
Nope. Though I did see a dolphin show, once . . .

Do large bodies of water scare you?
Not really. My tune might change, however, if I actually went out on a boat. I've never been on a boat, either. :P

What's your favorite movie that features water?
Happy Feet. Go, Mumble!

If you could be a sea creature what would you be?
Golden Eagles don't live underwater, do they? Hmm . . . how about a narwhal? Fascinating creatures, narwhals.

And I award:

Petty Witter at Pen and Paper
Alleged Author at An Alleged Author
Misha at My First Book

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So what about you? Ever swum with dolphins? :)


-----The Golden Eagle

21 July, 2011

Do You Have To Like The Writing To Enjoy A Book?

There are characters, there's the setting, and there's plot--but what about writing?

Is it necessary, as a reader, to like the writing of a book? There are all different styles, each writer has their own, and it's a rather important aspect to a novel.



I find there are three major types of writing when I'm reading a book:

There are unique, surprising styles. Books written in the second POV come to mind, ones that break the fourth wall, or ones that have a distinctive voice to them, both outside of and including the dialogue. This can be hit-or-miss: one person might adore books with a sharp, snarky tone and another person might view them with much dislike.

Then there's writing that doesn't have much that sticks out about it. Description, dialogue, characters, they're all there, but the writing itself is unobtrusive. That can be a negative or a positive, depending on the story itself; whether or not the plot and characters are enough to keep the attention, or whether the writing is just bland.

And then there's some writing that is . . . er, "unedited". In need of spell-check, an editor, perhaps a good overhaul. We've all seen it somewhere, I suspect. This can be more easily overlooked if there's something interesting about the story, but coming across errors repeatedly can jar the reading experience.

These are, of course, generalizations. Every person's style is different, and each has their own pluses and minuses.

What do you think? What kind of writing do you like--ones that focus on the story itself, or ones that use clever tricks that draw attention to themselves? Are there any books whose writing style you love?


-----The Golden Eagle

19 July, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (46)

I know, late with this post! I almost didn't get the chance to post today. But I am doing so now, thankfully. (I hate missing things like that.)

This bookish meme is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week, my teaser is from Harmony by Project Itoh. I had never heard of this book when I picked it up--and I was surprised by the fact that it was translated from Japanese. Most of the Japanese books I find at the library are manga. (Another intriguing fact about it is that parts of it are written in what they call "emotion-in-text" or ETML. And I'm currently learning HTML.)

I actually finished it this morning, but I wanted to share a teaser. It's a dark, disturbing book, despite the pink cover, but interesting.



And here this person was accepting as a perfectly natural part of her daily life the very precepts Miach had railed against and even felt gratitude for the technology--though for all I knew, she might have secretly abhorred it. The program took signals sent from the body and transmitted morals in return. It was the kind of thing I detested with all my being.
-p. 103

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Have a teaser, or thoughts on the book you're reading? Feel free to leave them in the comments!


-----The Golden Eagle

18 July, 2011

The Inspiration Blogfest

The Inspiration Blogfest is hosted by Summer Ross at My Inner Fairy, and the rules are simple:


  • On July 18th post one inspiriting prompt. You can use a writing prompt or a photo prompt.
  • Go around and comment on each others' prompts.

    Here's my prompt (can you tell I write SF?):



    Are you participating in the blogfest? What's your favorite kind of prompt--photo, written, another sort?


    -----The Golden Eagle

    17 July, 2011

    Book Review: Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers


    Title: Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers
    Author: Michael Scott Miller
    Self-published
    Genre: Realistic/Contemporary Fiction
    Page Count: 268
    Rating: 4 out of 5
    Cover Rating: 4 out of 5. I like it--the title is easy enough to read, and the scene matches the story.

    Synopsis:
    Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers tells the story of Bert Ingram, once a successful rep in the music industry, who has lost his way. Desperate for redemption, the perpetual dreamer decides to put together a band, recruiting musicians who have only one thing in common:  the need to overcome a significant obstacle in their lives. The volatile mix of the musicians' personalities and backgrounds threatens to derail the band at every opportunity, but in time, the Redeemers begin to realize they have more to gain from one another than they ever could have imagined.
    My expectations: I really wasn't sure what to expect. I discovered the author through reading a guest post on another blog, and hadn't heard of the book before. The synopsis on the site intrigued me, though.

    I am happy to say my expectations were exceeded.

    About the book: I've never read a book on a band before, I have to say. But as far as fiction goes, I enjoyed this story. There was a diverse cast of characters and a good plot--watching the band evolve as the members bounced off one another and tried to overcome the obstacles on their way to fame certainly held my attention while I read.

    • Writing: 
    At times I felt like there could have been a little more description of what was happening, or of the character's emotions, but the writing style is to the point and brought the story along well.

    • Plot:
    It was interesting to see the band musicians come together as Bert Ingram searched and hunted for the right people, traveling around San Francisco alone or with help from others. There was an unexpected twist at the end, too--throughout, the story kept moving, with good pacing.

    • Characters:
    Bert Ingram is not the kind of character I'd normally bond with, but he did have a distinctive personality. He kept on working toward his goal even when things seemed like they were about--or had already--fallen apart; I had to cheer for him when he kept on.

    Dave Hollaway was probably one of my favorite characters out of the band. He was one of the more easygoing members, reasonable, who kept his head and didn't let the circumstances faze him quite as much as some of the other characters.

    The other five members of the band, Charlie, Abe, Ethan, Bongo Joe (whose actual name is Aaron) and Gene, made for an interesting group. Charlie's a former cardplayer, Abe has been singing in the subway, Ethan is a college student, Aaron a former college student who was asked to leave because he didn't practice, and Gene retired--not a combination that would normally come together.


    • Setting/Elements:

    One thing I liked was the structure of the book; the way the characters' histories were put in separate chapters, before the characters themselves finally met each other.

    Other: Some language, references.

    Do I recommend this book? If you have an interest in music-related stories, then yes. Ladies and Gentlemen...The Redeemers is a great book based on a band and how they come together.

    Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author for me to review. It did not in any way affect the contents of this review.

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    This book is available for $0.99 for Kindle, Nook, or Kobo, and $7.95 in paperback. Purchase links:

    Amazon Kindle or paperback: http://tinyurl.com/4zpmzhk
    Nook: http://tinyurl.com/3md2zcc
    -----The Golden Eagle

    16 July, 2011

    Thank You For Your Feedback! I Have Now Decided Which Stephen King Book I'm Going To Try First

    49 comments (!) later, and after rounding up all the titles you bloggers mentioned, I have decided to pick up Pet Sematary by Stephen King. It didn't get the most recommendations (The Stand and The Shining did, with 11 and 9 people saying it was good, respectively) but it's the one with the highest number that the library has. :P If I decide I like his writing, I'll try some of the others mentioned.

    And here's the rest of the tally, in case you were wondering:

    Salem's Lot: 5 (almost everyone who mentioned it said it was scary)
    Night Shift: 2 (I'll have to look into his short stories)
    The Green Mile: 3 (I'm curious. They made a movie out of this one?)
    The Long Walk: 1 (I didn't know he'd written anything under a pen name . . .)
    The Gunslinger: 2 (Fantasy--I didn't know he wrote Fantasy, either)
    Carrie: 4 (I want to read this one, actually; I like the sound of it)
    Needful: 1
    The Regulators: 1 (another one written under the pen name Bachmann)
    Dead Zone: 1
    Misery: 5
    Children of the Corn: 1
    The Dark Tower Series: 5 (I've never read dark fantasy, you know)
    It: 3
    Rose Madder: 1
    Bag of Bones: 1
    Dreamcatcher: 1
    On Writing: 5 (I need to get around to reading a book on writing)
    Under the Dome: 2
    Tommyknockers: 1
    Firestarter: 1
    The Running Man: 1
    Thinner: 1
    Christine: 1 (this is the one about the car, right?)
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon: 3
    The Eye of the Dragon: 2
    The Darker Half: 1
    Insomnia: 1
    The Body: 1

    Thanks to everyone who came by and answered my question! And in case any of you are also looking for information on his books, I hope this list and the comment thread comes in handy.


    -----The Golden Eagle

    14 July, 2011

    I Want To Read Something By Stephen King. Got Any Suggestions?

    I've never read a book by Stephen King and I want to find out what his writing is like. All I know for sure about his books is that a.) Full Dark, No Stars was published recently because I read posts on it b.) Carrie got a bunch of rejection letters when he first submitted it and c.) It is supposed to be rather scary.



    Other than those three details, I have no idea. And since I know you bloggers are much more knowledgeable than I am:

    If I want to read a book by him, where should I start? Have you ever read anything by Stephen King? If so, do you have a favorite novel? What do you think is his best work? Are there any books I should stay away from?


    -----The Golden Eagle

    12 July, 2011

    Teaser Tuesday (45)

    Teaser Tuesday is here again! Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading, this is a weekly book-oriented meme, and is easy to participate in:

    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    This week, my teaser is from Wrapped by Jennifer Bradbury. I'm not actually in the middle of reading this one, but it's the next book in my TBR pile.

    I picked this up because a.) I found there's something intriguing about the cover and b.) Mummies and 1815 and London and "mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain" according to the blurb. I didn't even know it at the time, but Jennifer Bradbury also wrote Shift, which I liked.



    And it wasn't simply Father or Parliament members who could seem to talk of little else. Bonaparte's infamy and the latest drama on the Continent found its way to the ladies at cards after dinners when the men had retired to the billiards and cigars, where they also offered undoubtedly sage advice on what to do about the tiny Frenchman.
    -p. 57

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    Have a teaser, or thoughts on the book(s) you're reading? Feel free to leave them in the comments!


    -----The Golden Eagle

    09 July, 2011

    I've Been Awarded!

    Nutschell at The Writing Nut and Su at Cheekyness have awarded me in the past couple of weeks, so I think it's time for an awards post!

    First, the Seriously Cute Award:


    . . . which is adorable. Thank you, Nutschell! :) For this I have to list 5 books/movies/TV programs I've watched in the past 12 months. I've never been awarded this one before, so this should be interesting:

    1. TV Program: The PBS NewsHour. I like keeping current with politics.

    2. Book: The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey. I finished it earlier this afternoon, actually. I found it interesting that it says the character dies later in the story right on the first page. (Whether or not he does, I'm not saying. You'll have to read the book.)

    3. Movie: I think the last movie I watched might have been the BBC's A Midsummer Night's Dream. (I know, I know . . .)

    4. TV Program: NOVA. Yay for fascinating science shows.

    5. Book: The Merlin Conspiracy by Diana Wynne Jones. I was sorry to hear she died this March. She was one excellent writer.

    I don't think there's a set number of people you have to award for this one, so I'm just going to award six bloggers:

    RaShelle Workman at A No. 2 Pencil Stat! (Don't forget to wish her a happy B-day on July 22nd!)
    Madeleine at Scribble and Edit (You have to sign up for her Novel Films Blogfest.)
    Bethany Elizabeth at Ink-Splattered (She posts some very interesting questions, and I love her comments.)
    Krispy at A Nudge In the Right Direction (Vlogs, blogfests, memes, it's a great place to visit. Head over!)
    Samantha Sotto at the blog of the same name (Her book, Before Ever After, is coming out this August.)
    Tere Kirkland at The Lesser Key of Tere (I always enjoy her posts.)

    And now for the the Versatile Blogger Award:


    Thank you, Su! :)

    Seven facts:

    1. I like Blogger-in-Draft's new interface. When I first saw it a couple days ago (it had been like regular Blogger's that morning) I was frantically hovering and clicking and thinking "Wait! What does that arrow mean? Why are there drop-down menus all over the place? Why is it white and orange? HUH?!" But I like it now. The only problem I have is with the fact it's hard to see the shading in some places (or maybe it's just the angle I'm sitting) and I can't scroll through a post when I'm viewing it in the Editor. I have to use the cursor and arrow keys. But the home page is LOADING SO MUCH FASTER. Really, it's great. See (and/or use) the interface HERE.

    2. Dance competition was awesome. Sure, I had to hang around for about eight hours, and yes I had only one dance, and there were over 400 numbers there, but it was still a lot of fun. And our studio took home awards!

    3. I have decided what I'm going to do my website on. I mentioned before I was learning HTML in another awards post, and I want to experiment with it a little--so I'm planning to set up a website. I'm not telling you what it's about right now, though. You'll just have to see. ;)

    4. I am currently listening to Maurice Andre, Trumpet Masterpieces. I love it. And he can certainly nail those trills.

    5. Writing is slowing down. I did manage to write 30,000 words in June, which was my goal, but I've written little in July and it's already the 9th. I know what's supposed to happen . . . the inspiration just hasn't arrived. But I'm still optimistic about the novel right now.

    6. I have an absurd number of books out on my card right now. It's over 50, I can tell you that.

    7. I know I haven't been doing as much blogging lately. And I've said that before. And I know, it's about time I got back into the blogging swing--I had been following a schedule for a while there.

    I've been awarded as a Versatile Blogger many times, so I'm not going to pass it on this time. (If you want to take it, though, feel free to do so!)


    -----The Golden Eagle

    07 July, 2011

    Harry Potter On The Red Carpet!

    It's happening right now, so in case you want to catch some of it:

    http://www.youtube.com/harrypotter?x=us&feature=ticker

    (I hadn't actually planned this post for today, but I love HP.)


    -----The Golden Eagle

    05 July, 2011

    Teaser Tuesday (44)

    Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. To participate in this fun meme, just follow these rules:


    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

    This week, my teaser is from Aglow In the Dark: The Revolutionary Science of Biofluorescence by Vincent Pieribone and David F. Gruber. I know, I know, it's Non-Fiction. But I'm in-between fiction novels right now, and this book is quite good.

    (SOURCE. I just love this cover--it's much more attractive in reality.)

    Bioluminescence is a relatively rare trait among land-dwellers, but in the depths of the ocean more than 90 percent of animal species are capable of generating light. Sunlight diminishes by a factor of 10 for every 75 meters of descent, as photons of light from the sun ricochet off particles and are absorbed by water. Since the majority of the ocean's volume lies below the reach of the sun's rays, enveloped in perpetual darkness, marine creatures that can produce their own personal flashlights possess an advantage.
    -p. 17

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    So, what are you reading? And if you have a teaser, feel free to leave it in the comments!


    -----The Golden Eagle

    04 July, 2011

    Happy 4th of July!

    On July 1st, 1776, the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and took a vote. Nine out of the thirteen delegations (one for each colony) voted for declaring independence, while Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted against, Delaware split with one delegate on each side, and New York could not vote. But delegates wanted the vote to be unanimous, and not a divided. So they postponed it.

    On July 2nd, there was another vote by Congress. Two Pennsylvania delegates abstained and the colony turned out in favor of declaring independence, South Carolina switched, and aside from New York (which still could not vote), the decision came out 12 colonies in favor.

    On July 4th, 1776, Congress formally adopted the United States Declaration of Independence, written by the Committee of Five, which consisted of Thomas Jefferson (who wrote the first draft), John Adams, Robert R. Livingstone, Benjamin Franklin, and Roger Sherman.

    To read the Declaration of Independence, go HERE.



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    Sources:
    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_history.html
    http://www.ushistory.org/DECLARATION/timeline.htm
    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_timeline.html
    http://www.history.com/topics/declaration-of-independence
    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-votes-for-independence
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Independence#Draft_and_adoption

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    Have a great holiday, everyone!


    -----The Golden Eagle

    03 July, 2011

    Stories for Sendai Blog Tour: J. C. Martin On The Effects of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

    Today it is my honor to announce that I have a guest post by J. C. Martin, as part of the Stories for Sendai Blog Tour!

    Stories for Sendai is an anthology of stories by twenty authors, and all proceeds will be donated to charity to help those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. To find out more, go visit their site.

    And now, the guest post:


    I’d like to thank the Golden Eagle for hosting me up here in her aerie! If you enjoy this
    post, then please follow the rest of the Stories for Sendai Blog Tour de Force: check out the schedule here!

    The Golden Eagle asked me a very interesting question: how did the earthquake and tsunami
    in Japan affect me personally? Well, to be perfectly honest, it didn’t—at least, not directly!

    I was born in Malaysia, spending the first eighteen years of my life there, and whilst I’ve
    been living in the UK for more than ten years now, my parents and most of my family are
    still based in Malaysia. I am still proud to call myself a true Malaysian, one who adores
    food, particularly satay and roti canai, and I feel especially patriotic whenever our legendary
    badminton team kick a** in international tournaments and events!

    The natural disaster that struck closest to home for me was the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004,
    when an earthquake in the Indian Ocean spawned a massive tsunami that devastated the
    coasts of pretty much every country in southeast Asia. While my family and friends lived far
    inland, and were thankfully spared, it was still a close enough call to make me stop and think:
    there were beaches I frequented as a child that were affected by the waves, and the extent and
    reach of the tsunami astounded me; Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India...even places as far
    away as the Maldives, Seychelles and Tanzania were affected!

    The official death toll for the Boxing Day tsunami stands at over 180,000, with more than
    45,000 people still missing. Nearly 1.7 million people were displaced. Not only were homes
    and lives immediately destroyed, but these are all relatively poor countries that rely heavily
    on the tourism industry, an industry hit hard by the tsunami. With so many livelihoods
    affected, the long term effects of that natural disaster are still being felt in many of the
    stricken places today.

    When the earthquake and tsunami happened in 2004, I was living thousands of miles away
    in London. At the time, I was still a student, relying on financial support from my parents.
    I felt powerless to help. Although I gave what I could for charity, I felt my efforts were as
    insignificant as a drop in the ocean.

    Now, although I have zero connections with Japan, aside from a shared affinity for raw fish,
    Japan is close enough to Malaysia for the aftershocks and rough waves to reach the eastern
    shores of Borneo. The off-shore quake, the resulting tidal waves, the coastal destruction...it
    was a haunting re-creation of the last disaster seven years ago: different place, same tragedy.

    This time though, I intend to do something about it. I feel I’m in a better position to help: I’ve
    just begun to pursue my writing career seriously, and I’m in the midst of building a modest
    online platform. So instead of trying to act as an individual, why not try and rally aid from
    my fellow bloggers worldwide?

    With that in mind, Stories for Sendai was born. And with your help, we could really try and
    make a difference! By buying a copy of Stories for Sendai, you’ll not only be donating to
    a worthwhile cause (all proceeds from the anthology will be donated to Global Giving, a
    project which disburses funds to aid and rescue efforts on the ground that needs it most),
    you’ll also be getting a wonderfully designed book with 20 uplifting and inspirational stories
    about the strength of the human spirit!

    Also, we’re running a CONTEST! Just purchase a copy of the anthology and email us the
    receipt, and you’ll be entered in a draw for uber-cool prizes, including manuscript or query
    critiques! Visit the Stories for Sendai site for more details!

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    A bit about J. C.:


    Rabid writer, aspiring author. Also bookworm, kung fu fighter, teacher, gourmand, slave to three dogs, child at heart, dreamer.

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    Did the Japan earthquake affect you in any way, readers?


    -----The Golden Eagle