Interesting, very interesting

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The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, page 116

Recently,my Young Adult Literature professor has been raving about this book, The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, by Mark Haddon. He constantly mentioned it, so finally I decided to pick it up from the library and try it out (I wasn’t going to buy it, because what if my professor had terrible tastes in books and I ended up hating it).

 

Any how, I read it in a couple days, it’s kind of a short book, and I thought it was really interesting. The story certainly captured my attention, but I’m just not sure if I actually liked it.

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The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, front cover

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, is about an 15-year-old boy who is autistic. The whole book is this autistic main character (Christopher) telling the story about trying to find the killer of a neighbor’s dog. But really, it’s more about him learning of his parents’ break-up and him dealing with a home life that was suddenly turned upside down.

For someone that has a condition in which he needs order and consistency in his life, learning about his parents’ break-up was catastrophic to him. In fact, the news actually made him run away from home and travel over 100 miles to London by himself to see his mom.  In non-autistic person terms, it would be like swimming across the Atlantic Ocean just to see someone. At one point, he was even nearly killed!

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You’ve got the general idea of what this is

The book definitely had lots of action in it, and the main character was surprisingly likable, but by the end of the book I didn’t really feel very good. I think a big problem for me was that there wasn’t any happy ending. It’s not like a fairy godmother showed up, waved her magic wand, and made all Christopher’s emotional/developmental problems go away. His family was still broken up. Nothing seemed to get any better in the main character’s life, if anything, things seemed to be a little worse for him. It just kind of made me depressed at the end of the book.

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My favorite page in the book, it really cracked me up! (page 2)

Note to self, don’t listen to any professor’s book recommendations!

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Me and hampsters

IMG_0133I’ve had the strangest week. For the whole week I’ve been working like crazy on my writing career, but oddly enough, I haven’t actually written a single word for my third novel, and haven’t written any short stories or flash fiction either. It’s like I’ve been running as fast as I can on a great big wheel, going nowhere. It’s exhausting.

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I haven’t had anytime to write, I’ve been too busy signing up for new writing classes, and researching magazines I can submit short stories to, and submitting stuff I have already written to my new online critique group, and putting my first two books on sale on Smashwords, and researching how to improve my sales, and researching the steps it takes to be a freelance writer/blogger, and writing up book ideas for future writing, and starting up a new blog (I know, it’s an addiction) and, and, sooo much other writing related crap too.

In case you’re wondering, yes I am hyperventilating at this very moment!

Seriously, how do professional writers get anything written?

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I mean, yeah, a lot of my time was gobbled up by my day job (gotta pay the bills somehow) but ALL my free time was used on writing related stuff and I didn’t actually write anything!

Making the world a little brighter, one blog at a time!

I was reading this and thought it was such a great idea, having a website that was all about making people feel better about their day. Recently the world has become a rather dark, divided place out there. I can’t think of anything better than the goal of making people happy and inspired. Double thumbs up for Fancy District Online!

We are a group of motivated people trying to do our part to live a less stressful life and create a positive world with our positive energy. Our goal is to provide entertainment, motivation and guidences for the benefit of readers and authors.

via Calling For Bloggers and Writers Around The World 2016 — Fancy District Online Newspaper