Monday, February 27, 2017

Authors Note Placement 02 || A Letter From Anita Dittman : Author of Trapped In Hitlers Hell

I learned about Anita Dittman through a book in the Daughters of The Faith series called Shadow of His Hand by Wendy Lawton. The author had interview Anita Dittman, and written this book about her life as a young jewish girl living in Nazi Germany, as well has her holocaust survival story. Anita was half Jewish and half German, and at the time of World War 11, in the mist of the holocaust she only found rejection, refusal and abandonment everywhere she turned to, since she was neither full blooded Jewish or German. She was not excepted by either of her people. At the time I was 14 when I read Shadow of His Hand, and I just fell in love with the book and Anita's story of survival and faith. I was incredibly inspired by her life story. So I decided to write to her. This was my first letter I had ever sent to an author, and I was prepared not to get a reply, but I typed up my letter anyways, created a colorful book marker for her, and mailed it. To my surprise, within a month I received a letter back from Anita Dittman! I was sooo excited! 

February 11th, 2014

Dear Clara,
Thank you much for your lovely letter. I am amazed at your maturity. You are also a very flawless typist. If you have not been able to secure a copy of "Trapped In Hitlers Hell", you can order it from my publisher (insert name & phone number) She is not only my publisher, but also my friend. I have many favorite verses from Gods Word. Two of them are at the top of my list: Psalms 119:71 and Matthew 5:43 and 44. I usually use them at the opening verses when I share my testimony in public speaking. Please stay in touch!
Love, Anita

P.S Thank you also for the much needed beautiful book marker. I use it in my bible.

There will be one more placement in the Authors Note Series, so keep your eyes peeled for 03 of the series, which will feature a letter from Janette Oke, author of the Love Comes Softly series! To learn more about Anita Dittman's life you can click here to watch an interview conducted by DoveTV, here to check out Shadow of His Hand by Wendy Lawton, or here to review Anita's autobiography, Trapped In Hitlers Hell, on Amazon.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I Finished Les Miserables! || ft. Recent Happenings

eating- peach hand pies, sliced apples, almonds

reading- salt to the sea (again), FINISHED LES MISERABLES whoot!, lines of fire by margaret r. higonnet, president george washington's inauguration speech, the bell jar by sylvia plath

watching- poldark (the most amazing show on earth right now), the help, mercy street, the one and only genuine original family band, summer music, random documentaries i picked up at the library, crash course history videos with john green

writing- poems, first chapter of my novel, school essays, this post, texting friends (if that counts as actual writing)

excited- passing auditions for a big talent show, going roller blading with my bro, pinterest, poldark season 2 and 3, passing my algebra test, college planning

thinking- about poem ideas, novel plots, posts ideas, writing prompts, conversations with friends, moving soon, college prep/planning for fall,

playing- i dreamed a dream from les miserables, moonlight sonata by beethoven, libertango by piazzolla on the piano

listening to - this town by niall horan, all of me by collabro, memory from cats, anthem from chess, what a wonderful world by louis armstrong, lawrence welk and john denver records

addicted- to pinterest (whats new right?!)

busy- with math, work, work, work, work, novel ideas, YWW, piano practice

How has your week been?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

nothing haunts me more

nothing haunts me more that those words i left unspoken.

those things i never said.

now its too late to say i love you one last time,  because

your gone.  forever.

how terrible is it to love something that death can touch. 


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Authors Note || A Letter From Ruta Sepetys : ft. crazy awesomeness + #authorsnote placement 01

I read Salt To The Sea and Between Shades of Gray a few months ago, and I LOVED THEM. Salt To The Sea made the greatest impact on me, and so I decided to write the author and tell her how much I enjoyed reading her novels. 

I wrote her a letter about two months ago, not really expecting a reply, but whatever, I decided to give it a shot anyways. A few weeks later, I had completely forgotten that I actually sent it, but yesterday I came home for work, and my mom pulled out this mysterious red envelope from Nashville Tennessee that was addressed to me!  I was like, "I don't know anyone in Nashville!" as I ripped it open, but as soon as I unfolded the letter, I started freaking out and yelling from excitement! RUTA SEPETYS ACTUALLY WROTE ME BACK! She wrote me a hand written letter and sent a few book markers along with it. In my letter I explained that I love to write and I was planning on writing a novel soon, so she kindly sent me this nifty little worksheet to help with plotting! I feel so motivated about writing now, and I am so excited about filling out the plotting worksheet with my ideas. 

The letter reads:

Dear Clara,
Thank you for your lovely, heartfelt letter! I'm so grateful that you enjoyed my novels. Per your request, attached is a worksheet that may help you during your writing and revision. 
Sincerely, Ruta

I now have a collection of three different letters that authors have written in reply to a letter I sent them. I have decided to do a series about these letters and the books I have read that where written by them. So keep your eyes peeled for more posts in the series! So excited! #authorsnoteseries2017 

Have you ever written to a author? 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Why I Read ft. books are of vital importance to human existence + book list for 2017

“To read is to fly.” – A. C. Grayling

I love reading. It is always something I did for relaxation as a child, and still do as a teen.  Ever since I can remember, I have always been a night owl.  I would stay up late with my books and stuffed animals and read until 10pm; (which was like lllaaaattee when I was 9, k? Now I have advanced to 12 or even 1am) My mom even has a few photos of me asleep with a book still propped up by my hands. XD Reading has become a major part of my life, and something that is extremely important to me. It's something I'll be doing as an adult and as an old lady WITH THE LARGEST LIBRARY YOU'VE EVER SEEN (that is, if I marry a rich dude #everyreadersdream), tea, really warm slippers and cute reading glasses. Yessss.

1. Knowledge
Reading is a powerful tool. We can learn about the human race in such a magical way through books. We see the hate and also the love humans are capable of through books. Reading helps us deal with the issues of 'real life' by being able to put ourselves in a characters shoes and ask ourselves "what would I do if I was in their place?" Also, historical fiction is my favorite way of learning about history. It makes it so real for me. The only thing that stinks about a good quality hunk of historical fiction is you'll most likely make a lot of friends then the book ends, or even worse...they die...

2. Vocabulary Expansion
Who doesn't want to rattle off a sentence sounding like Jane Austen?! I know not a soul.
*british accent* "The person being gentleman or lady who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid." Yes, Yes, this is so awesome. When I read Shakesphere I always end up quoting it and rehearsing scenes, which results in awkward stares from my family and friends. Or I'll just randomly walk up to my bro and ramble about how amazing the book I'm reading is, and insist that he read it. The whole time he's like:

3. Better Writing/Plotting Skills 
Writing is great because when you read the author's word use and sentence structure slowly is engraved in your mind, which eventually gives you some knowledge of how to write sentences in a way that sound good on paper. Plus, after reading classic after classic you get a good feel for what literature cliches have been used one too many times and what things may be creative or different for a novel if you are planning on writing yourself.

4. Cheap and Portable Entertainment
You can take books everywhere. It's also super attractive to read in public. *raises eyebrows* Plus, books cost virtually nothing. You can find the nicest books at thrift stores or garage sales and duh, there's the library.  Like those are completely free. But I'm not always that smart. I have the tendency to, after reading a really, really, really, good book (like The Book Thief heehe) I will go out and buy it new, which might be a bit frivolous, but whatever.

5. Increases Your Ability To Dream Big
Books can broaden your horizons. They are super sly and find a way to worm into your soul which in turn, instills a constant desire to go places, like far away places. For me my dream is England. I have always wanted to visit the UK, and you can blame books for that longing. Books push you out of your comfort zone and give you the empowerment you need to do things you didn't think you were capable of doing. Basically books are amazing, and everyone should read them, cause they are of vital importance to human existence. And that's, that.

My book list for 2017 is quite light. I was going to do the 100 books in one year challenge, but I can't be reading two books  a week for 12 months straight, no way. I can't fit it into my schedule  as much as I would like to. But I am so excited about these books! I'm still finishing up Les Miserables and I am so excited to FINALLY BE DONE WITH THAT TORTUREOUS, HIDEOUS THING. It's taken me so long to finish it, and I have surrendered to the fact that in this one case the movie is better than the book. XD

To Serve Them All My Days- R.F Delderfield
The Importance of Being Ernest- Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde
Secret Life of Bee's- Sue Monk Kidd
The Light Between Oceans- M.L Stedman
War and Peace- Leo Tolstoy
The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
1984- George Orwell
A Separate Peace- John Knowles
A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
Like A River From Its Course- Kelli Stuart

Why do you read?
Whats on your 2017 reading list?