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Shipping Books

Reading is the most economical form of transportation and often educational as well. More often than not (I don’t get out much.) when I read a novel I use Google Earth or Google Maps to learn more about the physical setting for the book. A location is just as much a character in a book as the protagonist and/or antagonist.

One of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson likens books to a form of transportation. And not just any transportation but those one might see doing battle. As if to infer that reading a book will be an adventure or possibly misadventure depending upon the story. Anyway, Emily’s poem follows:

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,

Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.

This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll

How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!


A frigate was a medium-sized square-rigged warship of the 18th and 19th centuries.

A courser was a swift and strong horse, frequently used during the Middle Ages as a warhorse. It was ridden by knights and soldiers.

To traverse is to use a zigzag course or courses made by a ship in passing from one place to another.

Excerpt From: Dickinson, Emily. “Poems (Vol. 3).” Bookbyte Digital. iBooks.

Posted in Authors, Books, Creativity, Humor, Reading

Novelista Girl

One of my favorite authors, Meredith Schorr, has just released her latest novel. I’m not alone in my excitement about Novelista Girl. Schoor has received rave reviews for her previous books and rightly so. They are imbued with witty and engaging characters who are relatable as well as entertaining.

Novelista Girl Cover Image

Romantic comedy just happens to be my favorite “genre”. In fact, research has shown that laughter is indeed a cure for what ails one. Of course, as in real life not everything that occurs is funny which means conflict and mistakes and messy relationships are a part of life for the characters as well.

Here’s a short summary describing what awaits readers of Novelista Girl:

Readers first met sassy Kimberly Long in Blogger Girl, and now the feisty New Yorker is back in a standalone sequel packed with quick wit, friendship, heartache, and, of course, romance.Kim runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her life-long dream to become a published author. At first glance, her life is five-pink-champagne-flutes worthy.But is there more to the story than meets the eye?”