Newsflash: Writing is hard. Rephrase. Writing well is hard. It takes so much freaking practice!
It takes work. It takes planning. It is riddled with disappointment, self-doubt and rejection. If you choose a writing life, you will have to not choose other things. You will redefine success and come to grips with the fact that people assume you have some sort of personality disorder—what with all those unwritten characters and scenes living in your head.
On a dark stretch of a lonely mountain highway curving up from the barren, austere, yet beautiful landscape of the Tucson desert, two people who are experiencing different viewpoints and roles in domestic violence situations meet in a most horrific manner. Will the abusive police officer be changed? Will the beautiful abused wife be saved?
In November, before I ever decided to seriously chase after a writing career, I joined the Dorrance Book Review Team. Dorrance Publishing, Inc. was established in 1920 to help new and unknown authors get published and is the oldest independent vanity press in America. Many authors have gotten their start with Dorrance. The most well-known of these is A.R. Ammons who was awarded the 1972 national Book Award. It is a subsidy publishing firm which means that the authors pay an amount set by Dorrance for the initial publishing run.
If I had to sum up this book in one work, that word would be ‘Beautiful’. The layout and design is simply spectacular. This is easily a book that could be displayed with pride in any home. Royal Teas with Grace and Style is filled with rich pages featuring beautiful photography, great quotes about teas and interesting information on how to host your own Royal Tea.
You’re in the middle of the shower with a good lather built in your hair. It’s time to rinse off so you back into the deliciously warm water. And it stops!
What do you do? Call the water company? Check your well?