Writing on the Laptop, with Coffee Nearby

Book Reviews and Other Updates from the Writer’s Desk

As I sit at my desk with laptop open and coffee cup at the side, my mind is turning already to the new month ahead. October brings Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, as well as Halloween for anyone who likes to dress up (and get some extra candy!). Today is also a day to take stock of the last month and being more than halfway through 2016. My, where has the time gone?!

September has been great, with sunny skies most days this week here in Victoria, British Columbia. I can feel that fall has arrived, though, as the air is crisper than in August and I’ve had to wear heavier coats when heading out for my walks. Well, as Robert Frost said, “nothing gold can stay,” which means the seasons keep coming and we enjoy the golden moments while they last.

For golden moments in September, I count among them my time in Vancouver, BC, where I was fortunate enough to meet with Rebecca of the Clanmother blog. After being blogging friends online for five years, we finally met in person, and it was wonderful!

Friends are Golden

Blogging Buddies Finally Meet. Rebecca and I Were All Smiles!

Regarding writing progress, it is slow going on the third book but it is coming along. The fantasy book is about halfway done, and I will start sharing more about it soon. Of course, the characters might have more in store for me than I realize so the book may become longer than I envision!

It is my first dive into full-length adult fiction, so I admit to being nervous to share anything about it, even with my family. But I will start to reveal more, closer to the final stages. I will also continue to write poetry, so don’t worry about that. I still have a love for that art form! In fact, I have been working on a new poem and will reveal it over the next few weeks.

Speaking of books, I have been fortunate enough to receive two new reviews for my second poetry book Versions of the Self. Here are two excerpts from the reviews:

“Through her carefully crafted words and exquisite imagery, Birmingham explores the complex elements of human growth and relationships that are both personal to her and universal to many. This collection is emotionally rich, empowering, and beautiful to read.” ~D. Wallace Peach (on her blog Myths of the Mirror)

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“Like a good wine, this collection is to be savored; unlike a good wine, her metaphorical bottle is always full ready for you to return to, each time enlightening you in a different way.” ~Carol Balawyder (on her self-titled blog)

Flowers and Thanks

Thank You for Your Generous Support!

Thank you to everyone who encourages me, including Bill, who interviewed me on Artistry with Words, Resa at Graffiti Lux and Murals, who featured the photos I took of a mural in Victoria on her blog, and all who kindly stop by to read my blog posts, read my books, and share moments with me. I value each and every one of you. Yes, you.

~Christy B

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93 thoughts on “Book Reviews and Other Updates from the Writer’s Desk

  1. ArcaneHalloween

    Hi Christy, good luck with your novel, I have been in the midst of writing and illustrating a graphic novel for the past six years, a lot of work involved but most of it is highly enjoyable. I love the Autumn/Winter months, it’s starting to get cooler over here in the UK and it won’t be long before our inevitable rainy season begins (mind you this is British weather we are talking about here, so our rainy season tends to last about 75% of the year! 😉

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Hello, my friend! I’m glad you are enjoying the book-writing process and I admire that you have kept at it 🙂 After six years I can see it being an amazing piece of work!! As for the weather comment, as per the popular song, “Rain, rain, go away…” 😉 Thanks for the support here!

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  2. Aquileana

    Nice one, CB!!!! Love the pic of you with Clanmother…Best of luck with the writing process… at your own pace, no rush, no need to reveal that much, either… Just let it flow, and make the best of it…. I am looking forward to it, though … BUT no pressures… 🙂
    I wanted to recommend you to follow this writer https://twitter.com/AngelaAckerman … It seems that the Thesaurus Collection rules!… (see fixed tweet!)… I thought that maybe you want to purchase them, as I know that many Fiction writers do!…
    Wishing you an excellent October!… Love & happy weekend. Aquileana ⭐

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Hi Aqui! I am following her on Twitter, YES! Thanks for the reminder about her thesauruses and that she has a great site for writers too. I’m signing up for the site’s posts now. You always have my best interests in mind and that means a lot to me xx Happy new month, sweetie! 🙂 ❤

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  3. rollyachabotbooks

    Hi Christy… your books grace a special place on my bookshelf. They will never gather dust as I find them so inspirational. Often I find your words you have penned fall perfectly into the mood I may find myself in. You are an inspiration to many my friend. Should you ever need an ear or an eye to your future works you know where you can find me…

    As Alway Many Hugs
    Rolly

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Thank you so much for continuing to encourage me and read my writing, Rolly. Great to know about another eye in the future too… once your eyes are healed, of course 😉 HUGS

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  4. Resa

    I was just wondering if you had ever met Rebecca, as you guys live quite near each other. Then I come here & all is answered. The 2 of you look so beautiful together. I feel honored & grateful to have you as friends in our new world.
    Well, I’m in AG land right now, but when I’m back in GLaM land, I’ll be back to like from there.
    Have a wonderful fall weekend, Christy…. and Rebecca!

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Oh I agree about feeling grateful for the friends we have online.. You are one of those people for sure to me, Resa xx Indeed, it was wonderful meeting Rebecca. I want all of us in one room, Aquileana included!

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Hehe the characters do have minds of their own.. Thank you, Syl! And I’ll be including your poetry book in a group of reviews I publish in a post next week. Such a great read… for the second time 😉

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  5. Ste J

    Meeting fellow bloggers is great, it’s adds extra depth, Skyping and emailing is all great but to be with a person as they talk and gesture is so much more fascinating. You shouldn’t be nervous, you have bags of talent my friend, so much so I bet you need a porter to help you load it on and off trains when you travel. I am hoping to do a poetry week soon so am going to write and save my review up for that week but I don’t think it will be too far away.

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Yes, meeting in person is absolutely another level of communication; it is more intimate and soooo much faster than email or texting. How nice about the poetry week and your kind offer to include my book in it. You do make me smile!

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      1. Ste J

        A smile is always something to aim for and yes, I am hoping to have the poetry week up in a few weeks as I got an offer of having another book sent to me so perhaps I could be ambitious to do a post a day…still I am off on a bit of a break with nice scenery to really get me in the poetry reading/writing/reviewing mode.

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        1. Ste J

          Poetry week started as three or maybe four posts, so far I have five planned and casting around from some other varied ideas to mix up the reviews. Hopefully time will be on my side!

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  6. Bun Karyudo

    It must be so exciting to meet a blogging friend at last. I’ll bet it’s convenient not having to push “post” at the end of every comment you make to each other. 🙂

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  7. Clanmother

    My dear friend, what a memorable meeting – your energy, enthusiasm and joy for living in the moment is truly inspiring. Blogging brings people together to form interdisciplinary communities that seek positive outcomes. We live in a complex, ever changing global world that demands our highest level of participation. We all have talents, we all have creative spirits, we all have a voice – together we have the courage to solve difficult problems. Words are powerful – your poetry brings hope, joy, comfort. Your words make us think, challenge our actions, our values. Thank you for sharing your gift of poetry. Many hugs coming your way. Until next time…

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Oh sweet Rebecca ❤ Your words speak to me here and for that I thank you. I am so glad that we both realize the need to step up and speak for what we believe in and that we both understand change CAN happen if we gather together in our goals.. Many hugs and, indeed, we will meet again soon xx

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  8. Dalo 2013

    I’ve only met a few fellow bloggers, but ever time it has been an incredible experience. Add to this the great change in weather, and I love the crisp air autumn brings (even in HK I can feel it). And it does bring to mind yet again the great Robert Frost and the poem you re-introduced to me, “nothing gold can stay.” It must be an exciting time working on your new novel, new genre ~ and wishing you the best.

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Thank you, Dalo. It is exciting, yes, and also time is flying by and I want to grab it and hold it still so that I can enjoy every moment to its fullest.. Perhaps your photos help me in this way as they capture seconds that pass too quickly sometimes… Thank you for tying this post to the Frost poem and it is a “golden” time indeed…

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  9. Debbie

    How cool to meet a fellow blogger after five years! I’m looking forward to meeting some of my online friends once day, too. Best of luck with the new book! It doesn’t get any easier, does it?!

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  10. Sarah Potter Writes

    Lovely reviews. And wonderful that you’re writing a fantasy novel, which, no doubt, will contain some beautiful lyrical prose under the influence of your poetic mind.
    Gosh, heavier coats! Your climate is very different from where I live in the SE England. Today, I got too hot in a jumper and ended up wearing a t-shirt. Also ate my lunch in the garden and had to wear a sunhat to stop my head getting too hot.

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  11. Dee

    The photo tells it all. What a wonderful experience to have met a blogger friend after so many years! Best wishes on your upcoming book. Have a wonderful month!

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    1. Christy B Post author

      I am enjoying the process Jet but it’s also daunting as it’s a new type of book for me (my other two are poetry). I’m trying not to get too “into my head” if that makes sense 😉

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  12. Poet Rummager

    Darling photograph! I love how your blouses and the flower petals create texture and patterns — great impact. I met a blogger friend, too, and the experience was somewhat surreal.

    Congratulations on your writings and reviews, Christy! Your newest project sounds promising, as well. xo

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  13. tessa

    The experience on meeting someone face to face over on-line…must have been unreal. It obviously worked out for the both of you…judging by the huge smiles on both your faces. Keep us posted on your new book progress…we know whatever you do is always worth waiting for.

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      1. theburningheart

        I was sort of joking, very unlikely for me to go to British Columbia, but if you ever come to Los Angeles I certainly would like to say hello. 🙂

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  14. Carolyn Page

    All the very best with your new adventure, Christy. I understand the nervousness; anything ‘new’ holds us a little ‘tightly’ until it is done and we are free, in retrospect, to examine and appreciate our effort. Trick is to allow the creative juices flow, knowing they will honour our intent. Not so easy, but simple!
    Wonderful to have met with Rebecca… There are so many valuable friendships to be made here in WP. A plethora of great choices with geography a mere trifling inconvenience to be overcome! 🙂

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  15. Sue Slaght

    Congratulations on the wonderful reviews! always wonderful to meet blogging friends in person. I find I’m always a bit anticipatory but then just like sitting down with an old friend. Good luck on the third book and Happy Thanksgiving this weekend.

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  16. prior..

    great reviews and nice photo – I love meeting up with online friends and best wishes on your projects C- I have a few writing projects that i am juggling right now,but I have momentum and so that is a very good thing. Then looking forward to a break.
    and by the way C, I was wondering if later I could email you to pick you mind about a couple of things regarding book stuff…
    :0
    xoxo
    ~Y

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  17. Cynthia

    Just wanted to stop by and say how proud I am to know you! Congrats on your first dive into full fiction!! I’m just a few edits away from publishing, but my “day job” has taken over so…I’ll get around to publishing one of these days. 🙂
    I just love your refreshing outlook. You’re inspiring and wonderful and your words are so poignantly uplifting.
    Sending you hugs on this fine October day.

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    1. Christy B Post author

      Oh sweet friend! Thank you for stopping by to support me and please know I’m doing the same for you! I hope we both have fantastic publishing journeys and stay friends always ♥

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