On Reading

 

If you have never liked reading, you are missing a lot because movies would have to be as long as Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind movie (4 hours) in order to get as many of the author’s book details as possible into a movie.

To become a reader, start slowly.    Have a dictionary or your smart phone near by to look up words you don’t understand.    Or, make a list of those words to look up later.

If you can’t read at all, there are voluntary organizations available.   Some libraries have reading programs to help you learn to read and there are other free programs listed on the Internet.

I improved my reading ability by reading Gothic novels in my teens written by British authors such as Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, etc.

I’ve also read American authors like Shirley Jackson, James Baldwin, Stephen King, Ann Rice, Edgar Allen Poe, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Ray Bradbury, Tananarive Due, Isaac Asimov, Maya Angelou, etc.

However, there are two authors that are hard for me to read:  Toni Morrison and Richard Wright.  I don’t know why they seem to be so difficult.   One day, I plan on conquering their books as well.

I only use audio books if I can’t find a printed copy of a book I want to read.    I like the feel of a book in my hand and I don’t want to have to keep scrolling up, down, or across on the page electronically.

Written by Rosa L. Griffin

 

 

 

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On Fantasy 

“Since I had plenty of leisure time, I usually rose early in the morning, and then with an empty mind concentrated on the beauty of the fields, trees, rivers, mountains, and clouds, and I found that I could predict the weather right 7 or 8 times out of 10.   Then I realized that in quietness the universe can be observed, the inner moods felt and obtained.”  (What author Yeh Meng-te wrote about quietness in 1156, https://kihm2.wordpress.com).

For me, fantasy is escape by using one’s imagination.   Your imagination can take you to faraway places like the many countries explored on public television.   If fantasy is controlled safely and not obsessive, it can be better than drugs.

Probably in the pioneer days, people imagined many ways they could escape the drudgery of doing anything which had no future of success.   It might have taken a year just to receive a letter.   Farmers, some of the hardest-working people on earth, have kept the world fed for centuries despite droughts, tornados, floods, etc.   In an AARP article, I discovered that doctors suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) worrying about us among other things.  I never imagined that.

We have a lot of things from which we want to escape these days.  We receive “news” instantly as it happens—minute-by-minute.    Whether we see or hear it broadcast in some type of medium like our smart phones or the people you meet are discussing it daily—Bam! It’s in your face or ears.  We are bombarded constantly with “noise”.

“Reality tv” is not reality, but it can take you away from your situation.   You can see peoples’ situations that are a lot worse or better than yours on television shows like “Jerry Springer”, “Maury”, “The Kardashians”, “Survivor”, etc.  I would call these guilty pleasures because unless you are writing a thesis on them, I wouldn’t watch them more than once.   However, the audiences seem to enjoy them so maybe that’s their escape from reality.

Music is another way to escape.    I like to listen to Bruno Mars or the “Flower Duet” (a famous duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano from Le’o Delibes’ opera Lakme’, first performed in Paris in 1883—Wikipedia).  Fantasy can relieve tiredness from working especially if you can’t get what you want in promotion or advancement.   Even the government recently is trying to take away a citizen’s earned benefits like Social Security, Medicare, tax benefits, etc.– the things that past U.S. presidents and legislators secured for us.

Wikipedia lists about 20 themes (subgenres) of fantasy if you want to get deep into the types of fantasy.  I don’t intend to get that deep.   Erotic romance, fiction, science fiction, and autobiographies are fantasy enough for me.

I’m sure you can imagine a few things you would rather be doing.   Figure out a way to have quiet and/or leisure time every day.   I find that in quiet, I have a chance to think for myself, create, and listen to the sensible no matter the political party.

Sources:

https://kihm2.wordpress.com

“The Doctor Diaries:  What Physicians Wish Patients Knew”, Healthy You, AARP the magazine, June/July 2018, pp. 22-23.

Wikipedia

Written by Rosa L. Griffin

 

 

Book Signing and Author Panel at Liberty Senior Center May 9, 2018, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rosa L. Griffin will be participating in a book signing and author panel at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. during the Liberty Senior Center’s Book Club Extravaganza being held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   She will be discussing her writing life and her book of short stories, Attraction:  Sexy Tales of Good, Bad, and Ugly Relationships.   Payment at the Center is by cash or check only.  Come on by, look around, and listen to some fascinating stories.   The Center is located at 3525 Resource Drive off of Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133, 410-887-0780.

Nervikula Publishing LLC

Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Erotica

Blog https://nervikularose.wordpress.com

rosalgriffin@nervikularose.com

 

 

Woodlawn Page Turners Book Club 20th Anniversary

As I mentioned before, the Page Turners Book Club meets at 7 p.m. usually on the third Thursday of each month, except for July and August, at the Woodlawn branch of the Baltimore County libraries, 1811 Woodlawn Drive, Woodlawn MD  21207, https://www.bcpl.info/locations/woodlawn/index.html, 410-887-1336.   However, their 20th Anniversary will be held on the fourth Thursday.

Woodlawn Page Turners

20th Anniversary Celebration

Fourth Thursday, April 26, 2018

6 p.m.

All adults are welcome

This special night includes a Book Buzz event where librarians share and discuss the must-read books of the season that you don’t want to miss. In addition, appearances by local authors and, of course, food and entertainment!

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin

Workshop–Owning Your Copyrights, May 5, 2018

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, 1-3 p.m., Rosa L. Griffin will be conducting a workshop for the Black Writers’ Guild of Maryland entitled “Owning Your Copyrights”.    The workshop will be held at the Enoch Pratt Library, 4330 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21229.

Understanding copyright law can be hair raising.  Join us for an informative workshop for writers which will help guide you through the muddy waters of what you can and can’t use for your writing projects and much more!

You will learn:

  1. How to copyright your work
  2. What can’t be copyrighted
  3. How to earn income from others’ use of your work
  4. How you can use someone else’s work
  5. How to copyright your work in other forms

Rosa L. Griffin is the author of an adult fictional short story collection entitled Attraction:  Sexy Tales of the Good, Bad, and Ugly Relationships.   One of the stories in her collection, “Life-Box”, received honorable mention in a Writer’s Digest Magazine contest.   Rosa earned two A.A. degrees in Human Resource Management and Secretarial Science at Baltimore City Community College.   She also served as secretary for the Black Writers’ Guild for 8 years.   Her expertise in copyright is based on her work experience at the Johns Hopkins University Press.    Rosa hopes to see you there!

The workshop is open to the public.  Donations ($5.00) can be made via the BWG website at www.blackwritersguild.org.  Annual membership is $35.00.  Bring a friend!

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin

 

15th Annual Citylit Festival on April 14, 2018

Come join me, Rosa Griffin, and 33 other authors at this year’s 15th Annual Citylit Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2018 any time between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The event will be held in the atrium of the University of Baltimore’s William H. Thumel, Sr.’s Business Center at 11 W. Mt. Royal Avenue and Charles Street in Baltimore, MD  21201.

Admission is free.

Come meet me and the other authors who will be selling their books and other items, networking, and enjoying your company.   www.citylitproject.org.

Campus map:  http://www.ubalt.edu/uploads/pdfs/campusmap.pdf

Hope to see you there!

Rosa L. Griffin