The View through My Lens

the blog of writer & photographer Jennifer Lyn King

A Chance to Unplug

“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.” - Harper Lee This summer has...

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The Sun Rises

No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn. - Maya Angelou One of my favorite book titles is by the great Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. There is so much implied in that title, don't you think? For me, it says, "The sun sets. Life is hard and...

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How to Write a Book in 5 Steps

“There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” - Ernest Hemingway Everyone has a story to tell. I believe that. I also believe Hemingway is right: all we have to do to write well is open up a vein. Writing is one of the most...

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The Excellence the Olympics Inspire

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle Over the...

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The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ―Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird This summer, I've read several books and listened to a few of them on audio (which is a new experience). Reading, to me, is one of the great...

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Summer Gardens

"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson It's funny sometimes to think amidst the busyness of work, family, appointments, kids' practices and games, about slowing down. Most of the year, out...

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"She is novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time." - Mark Twain I traveled this week to Chicago for a work conference, and touched down just before the clouds opened with rain. After a steamy start, Chicago turned into a...

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What Only Light Can Do

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Along with so many, I'm deeply saddened by the week's events, first by...

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Poppies and Peonies

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. - Audrey Hepburn Every spring, the warming weather hooks me with its promises of color after the long Ohio winter. Every spring, I can't help myself and plant a few more flowers. Last year, I planted poppies. A few years...

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Gratitude and Happiness

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. - Marcel Proust A few weeks ago, I flew to see my closest friend in Boston. We had lived four years together in Prague; she with four young sons, the...

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Bel Canto
Life of Pi
The River Witch
Shine Shine Shine
Gone Girl
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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