The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon: A Review

I chose to read The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon for the 2019 Popsugar Reading Challenge prompt #24, a book that takes place in a single day. I picked this book off a list of such books, having no idea what might fit this category.

This is the story of Natasha and Daniel. Seventeen-year-old Natasha is the daughter of Jamaican parents in the United States illegally. She has her future planned out – college, career. Until her father has a run in with the law setting her entire family on a course toward deportation. Daniel, also seventeen, is the second son of Korean immigrants. Until recently, he has been the disappointing son, never as good as his golden boy older brother. Now, however, his brother has disgraced himself and it is up to Daniel to pursue life goals that bring honor to his family. These sudden life changes set Natasha and Daniel on a collision course leading to an otherwise impossible romance.

This book isn’t only about Natasha and Daniel and their whirlwind romance, however. It is also the story of a depressed security officer at the immigration office. It is about mothers and fathers and brothers. About dreams unrealized and goals unfulfilled.

I listened to this book on audio, narrated by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee and Dominic Hoffman. Their performance is outstanding. I loved having different voices for each of the characters.

I loved this book. It has fantastic energy. I laughed and I cried. I will definitely read more by Nicola Yoon!

Unlock the Muse – March 12, 2019

There are three basic kinds of momentum killers – life events beyond your control, events you can decide how to involve yourself in, and those things you take fully into your own hands. I’ve been beset by all three of these momentum killers this past week.

My son had a birthday, and for some reason, thinks a party should go along with that. A birth of a child, a death in the family, these and so many other events happen when they happen and life doesn’t stop for them. Writing must necessarily give way to these things, but it doesn’t have to derail completely.

Also this week, was a baby shower for the daughter of a good friend. This beautiful mama to be is not directly related to me. I have the power to choose my level of involvement. I could spend a few minutes purchasing a lovely gift, an hour or two at great party and my commitment is done. Instead I chose to spend my spare moments for a week crafting a baby afghan.

My third momentum killer this week is a gloriously huge novel. My favorite books to read are epic fantasy novels that often 500 pages or more. The one I’m currently reading is over 800. I have complete control over my reading time, yet I continue to choose that activity over writing.

Not all momentum killers are negative. In fact, many are very happy events. The key is to prioritize effectively. Don’t allow the writing to get set aside completely.

Your writing prompt for this week is:

What if you were a famous author? Pretend you’re being interviewed by a journalist. Write a transcript of it.

What question are you hoping they will ask you? You know, the one for which you have the answer already worked out. What are you really hoping they don’t ask (even though you know they probably will)? There’s an element of infamy that inevitably goes along with fame and nothing sells like scandal, so you know they’re ask you about that time when you…

A final thought for today…

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Stay curious. Keep moving forward.

Happy writing!

Unlock the Muse – March 5, 2019

It’s a new month. Spring is trying to emerge in my neighborhood, but it’s still been frightfully cold. I’m looking forward to warmer weather fun. Spring break vacation with my kiddos. Snuggling up with a book. Daylight Savings Time. Camp NaNoWriMo.

Okay, so not all of these things are fun. And some, though fun, will prove to be somewhat trying. Still, spring is in the air – a season of new birth, new beginnings.

Here’s your writing prompt for this week:

Write a journal entry about someone close to you who is no longer in your life.

This exercise is potentially a difficult one, but it could lead to a moment of catharsis. Let emotion loose on the page.

Newton’s first law of motion: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

This month, I’m focusing on MOMENTUM. If an object in motion stays in motion, than a writer must stay busy as well. Too much inactivity tends to stay that way. This is where I find myself of late. I allowed myself to take a break following November’s NaNo frenzy. The problem is, once idle, it is very difficult to start moving again. So what I need is that “unbalance force” to act upon my inertia. What do you do to kick your writing back into gear after staying away for too long?

Happy writing!