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Why Do We Write?
Being a writer is not an easy undertaking. It is not glamorous and you do not find your bank account suddenly rolling in cash. Friends and family do not always understand your need to write. Some of them may even look down on you with pity. You know that look. "Poor Cindy. You know she has THAT hobby." Well actually, writing is not a hobby. It's a part of me, a part of who I am. It's one of the things that makes me tic.
This was brought home to me last week when I was rushed off to the hospital in Nairobi. As I lay on my hospital bed in a private room as I was in isolation because I had MRSA, surrounded by emptiness and loneliness, I thought what a good time to make a start on my next novel I'd been carrying in my head for the past few months. I was in a foreign country, no family and friends anywhere near, no internet, my phone was dead as in my dazed haste I'd forgotten to pack the phone charger. But I did bring along my laptop with the outline of a story on it. I had no control over my body it was doing its own thing, plugged into IV lines and monitors. But I did have control of what I was writing and that little bit of control in some area of my life gave me hope and strength. So I guess one of the reasons we write is to have control of a life. We can dictate what is going to happen, how they will cope with adversity. We can give a happy ending, or not. We can't necessarily do that in our own lives.
We write because we want to entertain and have a message to share with the world. We have all these words in us dying to be heard. I've always seen things like movies. It's like I always have a movie playing in my head. I used to joke that whenever I went to sleep it was like I was going to the movies. In meetings and while traveling, I'd play those movies in my head so that I'd never be bored. Crazy? Maybe a little.
Writing has a purpose. In Fear, Phobias and Frozen Feet, writing was cathartic as I explored how to break the cycle of bad relationships in your life. Stop the world, I need to pee, was also very cathartic. Fiction loosely based on my escape from my abusive marriage. The Case of Billy B was based on a true story about a father and son who were harassed and abused by the caregiver. Not Telling is a story about a young woman who rises above adversity and has to make the most difficult decision of her life. Defective was inspired by the famous Scissors murder in South Africa in the 1970's. Survival Tips for the Suddenly Single is lighthearted practical advice. C U @ 8 is fun and a story my eldest daughter and I came up with after she was looking after me after my last bout with breast cancer. When we consistently write about the dark it's good to once in a while venture into the light. Hush Baby is the novel I'm currently working on. I reckon it'll be the best yet. For Hush Baby I have ventured back into the dark.
I write because I enjoy it and it gives me a feeling of satisfaction and achievement. It's a way to unwind and relax after a stressful week. With writing you can cut yourself off from your worries and transcend into another world where you have control. A world where you can solve problems. A place where you can escape.
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Published By: CreateSpace
Release Date: March 21, 2012
Format: Paperback - 220 pages / Kindle - 290 KB
Genre: Contemporary Fiction / Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Virtual Book Tour Cafe.
Do your kids ever really leave?
Fenella Fisher and Suki Rabinowitz are middle-aged single mothers whose children have left home and started on their own lives and careers. But Suki’s son Josh is a cocaine-addict who supposedly fathered a baby on a visit to the UK; and Fenella’s daughter Kirsty has just been dumped and is feeling miserable. Fenella and Suki decide they need to step in to help their children and hatch a plan to sort out Josh’s mess and find Kirsty a suitable man, with some hilarious consequences. After interviewing prospective husbands for Kirsty at Waves Restaurant and Bar, they discover that a good man is hard to find.
My Book Review:
Two 50 year old single mothers ... two adult problematic children with too much drama and issues in their adult lives ... two worrisome moms who come to the rescue ...
Fenella Fisher and Suki Rabonowitz have been lifelong BFFs since the age of two. When their two eldest children find their adult lives are in a mess, the worried moms hatch a plan to sort out their children's lives.
Suki's son Josh has been known to be a liar, owes money to several people, is a cocaine addict and possibly had an affair with a woman in Cornwall, UK which resulted in a pregnancy.
Fenella's twenty-eight year old daughter Kirsty is an artist who has a needy streak that requires asking her mother "the relationship guru" for advice about her relationships. Her latest on again / off again boyfriend Grant has dumped Kirsty and left her in a tizzy.
Suki and Fenella hatch a crazy plan to find Kirsty a man on an internet dating site that leads the two ladies on an adventure filled with crazy antics. They also try to solve Josh's problem with the possible birth of his child in the UK.
Can the worried moms fix their wayward kids' lives?
C U @ 8 is an entertaining story about two worried moms whose eldest adult children can't seem to get their lives together. Written in the third person narrative, the reader follows along with the quirky fifty year old single moms Fenella and Suki as they try to fix their kids' lives through some really funny antics. There is a lot of humorous and quirky sides to these two ladies, in a time in their lives when they should be enjoying themselves, their needy adult children fill their days with worry and they feel the need to step in and help them out.
There are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments in this entertaining story with these two characters that will keep you in stitches as you read about their adventures and crazy antics. Fenella is the more serious type of woman, who just wants to get rid of her frequent migraines, travel to exotic spots and live a peaceful life. Suki on the other hand is redefining her life after the death of her ultra conservative orthodox Jewish husband's death. Put these two lifelong BFFs together and you have a duo that are determined to help their kids, and while they're at it they get themselves into some pretty funny situations!
C U @ 8 is a lighthearted entertaining story about the special bond that is a mother's love for their child. If you want a fast paced fun read full of quirky humor and crazy antics, then this is the book for you!
RATING: 3 STARS *** (My Rating) / 4 STARS **** (Amazon Rating)