The View through My Lens

the blog of writer & photographer Jennifer Lyn King

Summertime and Big Changes

One day she decided to stop letting her fears hold her back, and from that day on, she flew. (I love this phrase, which I first saw on House of Belonging and DeAnn Art instagram)   It’s summer! Last week, I was absent from the blog for the week, but this is... read more

Peonies and Beauty

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul. – Alice Walker   I have always loved flowers. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the fields of red poppies or vibrant yellow rapeseed across Europe, the Redbud and Dogwood... read more

Finding Courage to Live Well

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou Courage is hard. When we’re afraid of the dark, it’s tough to turn and walk toward the... read more

Mothers Love

“Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.” ― Marjorie Pay Hinckley   I’ve always been... read more

The Nightingale: a New Book, a Must-Read

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars   It’s rare to... read more

Hummingbird Time

“Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of... read more

To Blossom

  And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to Blossom. Anaïs Nin It’s that time of year when the Pear trees are in full bloom, and the street on which I live, lined with dozens of Pear tress, looks... read more

100 Days of Spring

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…” – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden Today I am ready for the reawakening of Spring. It is... read more

We Are Called to Rise

We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies—  -Emily Dickinson A few weeks back, I read We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride. After I turned the final page, I wrote this at Goodreads (where... read more

The Essence of Beauty

The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. – Friedrich Nietzsche     Some days it is the sunrise, color so rich it can’t possibly be real. Other times it is the power of words which bring meaning to a moment, Or it is a clash... read more


After a long and arduous winter filled with snow and subzero temps, the prospect of spring coming soon seems impossible. It feels as if no green will ever grow through the heavy snow, no new life will ever thrive in this frozen tundra again … and yet it will, I... read more

The Gift of Encouragement

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe   When I look back on... read more

5 Reasons to Travel More

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”... read more

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Bel Canto
Life of Pi
The River Witch
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The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life
The Fault in Our Stars
The Midnight Palace
Up from the Blue: A Novel
The Age of Innocence
The Murderer's Daughters
Little Pink Slips
The Memory of Running
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
The Expats
The Shadow of the Wind
The Keep
The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great

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