Shop local for books and music, and support our libraries!
You can also read local authors and support the Aina Haina and Kapolei Public Libraries by buying the newest Hawaii Fiction Writers’ anthology, Kissing Frogs and Other Quirky Fairy Tales. It’s fun and funny!
Yes! In the latest Hawaii Fiction Writers group anthology, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library chapters at Aina Haina Library and Kapolei Public Library:
Kissing Frogs and Other Quirky Fairy Tales
Thank you, editors extraordinaire Michael, Gail and Carol Catanzaritti (in memoriam).
While mine (“The Disrespectful Prince and The Frog”) is (as always) AWESOME, there are 25 other beautiful, funny, clever and nearly-awesome retellings of fairy tales along the lines of the old Fractured Fairy Tales cartoons.
So buy yourself a copy, buy your friends copies, buy your exes copies, buy your enemies copies, buy copies and donate them to your local school and prison libraries. And rejoice in great stories and in being an Official Goodness on the Face of the Earth™ for supporting our libraries!
Polygon’s list of the best books of 2020:
I think this will be a good start for adding more books to my READ THIS BOOK list! 🙂
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If you wonder why I tagged it with “markets”, our local bookstores are markets for our books, too. Especially if you’re self-publishing!
Publishers hated A Wrinkle In Time. And Madeleine L’Engle never forgot the rejections.
What publishers like best is what’s already been done.
Nobody broke through by writing the same things everyone else has written. Don’t let publishers’ small minds limit you!
Go buy yourself – or your friends and family and teachers and coworkers and bosses and so on and so forth et al etc. – their own copy of this AWESOME book filled with AWESOME mystery stories carefully handwritten by AWESOME local writers (such as myself, of course).
Dark Paradise: Mysteries in the Land of Aloha
You and those to whom you give a copy will not only be lucky, blessed and prosper in the coming year, you will also support the efforts of Hawaii Literacy because all proceeds go to help fund their efforts.
So go buy copies and make YOURS and THE LIVES OF OTHERS AWESOME!!!
Obviously some of the authors are winners, but regardless of that, I copypasted the list of winners and nominees into my list of books to read.
And you should, too, if you like fantasy.
After reading Northanger Abbey, it is either a steaming pile of Victorian lust, backstabbing and betrayal …
Or a tempest in teapot with a rushed “shit, gotta wrap it all up right now!” ending.
Can’t decide which, but leaning toward the teapot.
Just finished reading SUM Forty Tales From The Afterlives by David Eagleman. It has forty short, humorous, and witty stories from the “afterlives” (for there are more varieties of after-lifes than any particular religion might have taught.)
This excerpt is from the story “Oz”, in which only the courageous in the afterlife can see God face-to-face:
“A great journey awaits. Along the way you face fears and conquer them, identify streams of self-doubt and ford them, discern the peaks of your arrogance and descend them, spot the clouds of self-pity that hang over you and hike out from under them. By the time the road ends, you emerge with renewed confidence – ready, you believe, to meet your maker, to face the face, to perceive a glimpse of the mastermind who crafted the masterpiece.”
To me, the first two sentences seem to be great advice for our present life. You will “emerge with renewed confidence,” ready to succeed at whatever you set out to do, regardless of whether or not you think there is an afterlife.
So be brave and walk your journey, for greatness awaits you!