Presidents Report – June 2013
One thing about being flat on your back recovering from surgery is that it certainly restricts what you are able to do. It’s also a great excuse to read books that are on the ‘must read’ pile, and also enjoy new photos of the grandbabies, including this one of my ‘almost 3 year old’ reading to my dog. The most common comment from people who’ve seen it is surprise that the remote control is sitting, unused, beside them. It certainly is a joy watching little ones go from cuddling books to pieces, to reciting the book, to starting to recognise words and sentences in context. Then to be able to watch kids move seamlessly between actual books and ebooks, even at this early age also brings home, again, what a different environment children are growing up in now.
We’ll have some excellent news to share with you all very soon regarding some exciting GCWA upcoming events.
I’ve not been able to do any net-surfing this last month however a couple of books I’ve read might be of interest. They probably also show the progression of my brain function over this period.
Dan Brown’s new book ‘Inferno’ is based on a terrific premise, but I found his writing disappointing. Flashes of brilliance and humour, especially when he alludes to his character missing a publishing deadline by three years, but it’s no DaVinci Code.
Similarly Patricia Cornwall’s ‘The Scarpetta Factor’ missed the mark for me. Though I enjoyed her early work, this one was overly heavy on the medial grand-standing, and about 150 pages too long.
So I turned to Keith Richards book ‘Life’ which I’ve been wanting to read for a while. The book itself was too heavy to hold so instead, I listened to it as an audio-book. Read by Johnny Depp it was a lovely interlude. Baby boomers who like the Stones would enjoy it.
Jessica Shirvington’s ‘Between The Lines’ is also excellent. She’s a terrific young writer who writes mainly for teenage readers. Her storylines are very strong and she has the elusive page-turning ablity that many other writers miss.
I’m now into ‘Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World’ which I am also thoroughly appreciating. The courage of these women is truly inspirational and shows what is possible when people use their power for the benefit of others.
I hope to see you at the next meeting.
From the Vice President & eWriteabout Editor
I trust that you have had a fabulous month! Julie, we wish you a speedy recovery and safe return.
It was certainly a very interesting and inspirational meeting in May. Many thanks to guest speaker, Sally Thibault, for taking time out of her busy schedule to share her story with us. Sally is now heading over to the US for a few months to promote her books and attend speaking engagements. We also enjoyed a book launch by Ashtara.
It has been a very busy time, as I have two weeks between semesters at University. However, there is so much that has been left while study took priority to catch up on now.
I look forward to seeing you at upcoming meetings, especially our ‘Christmas in July‘, with the theme of dressing as your favourite story book character. It will be a lot of fun!
I now wish you a wonderfully creative month.