Thoughts About Reading

Tweets tend to take up 140 characters or less.  A status on Facebook can vary in length, but for the most part are relatively short, sweet, and to the point.  A newspaper article that’s not a high profile piece or a lengthy human interest story are otherwise 300-500 words long and written at a 5th or 6th grade reading level.

We’ve become so good at making reading-related content easy to soak up in this day and age.

But then there’s the case of books, whether electronically produced or traditionally hardcover-bounded, where it’s the riskiest of all of losing audience, not because of its content, but because of its quantity.  For a book to be considered a novel, it has to be 40,000 words or more… and whether that be a Harry Potter book one is dealing with (no, it doesn’t matter which one) or Haruki Murakami’s 1,157-paged novel 1Q84, for many people nowadays, it’s considered to be a challenge that people are more or less willing to tackle. Continue reading “Thoughts About Reading”

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I know this is a little off-topic from the subject matter that I usually blog about, but after hearing and/or playing witness to a lot of negative events happening in our country, abroad, and even, as of a few days ago, in my personal life, I feel that I should take on this subject that Aretha Franklin once sang about back in the 60’s that became an ultimate hit.  Let’s talk about RESPECT. Continue reading “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”

I skipped my Saturday post?? Not really…

Yes, I did do a post yesterday- like I’ve been doing on every Saturday for the past eight months.  It’s just that yesterday’s post was a little different.  It was a reblog from The Best Slice of Pie; a blog based out in the UK who interview unknown and up-and-coming authors and review their works.  On Friday, they posted this amazing review of A Moment’s Worth, and so naturally, I figured it be wisest to reblog it on my blog.  It was so beautifully written, that I couldn’t help but share it.

I did intend to do a regular post yesterday.  I had a topic in mind and everything.  However, with the fact that the solid foundation of what exactly I was going to say hadn’t been cemented yet, I figured it be best to hold off on it and give it more time to simmer and develop.  In the mean time, I was answering interview questions for The Best Slice of Pie, and they should be posting that sometime within the coming week.

I just wanted to make this clear is all.  It wasn’t my “traditional” post that I posted yesterday, but it nonetheless counts.

So if you haven’t already read the review, then I encourage you to check it out.  In the mean time, I’ll be back on Saturday.

-Lauren

A Moment’s Worth is now available through the following venues: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iTunesPlease leave a review if you can, for my goal is to get a total of at least 20 reviews on all venues (so far, I’ve gotten 3 reviews so there’s still a ways to go).

Check out its Goodreads page, which includes two trivia quizzes for all who’ve completed reading it already.

‘A Moments Worth’ by Lauren Lola – Review

Many thanks to The Best Slice of Pie for writing the first full-fledged review on “A Moment’s Worth.” Never in a millions year would I have thought of calling my book a “spiritual guide” or a “journey,” so I find your words quite flattering.

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Firstly I loved how the book opened with a quote. I love when a little thought nugget is given to set the mood. It prepares you with the right expectations to begin, and this quote holds more than just a random similarities, it is quite literally tied in in every way.

This book is a whirlwind of lessons, philosophies and emotional understandings. I usually get bored with books that jump characters but the clever way in which this was done kept my eyes firmly on the pages (kindle screen). Young life and all it throws at you can be tough and for many characters in this book they are just starting to find themselves, their place in life. These little moments of fate or destiny and random conversations helping them on their path. Lola shows how beautiful short encounters can be, how they can massively impact our lives and just…

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In Homage to Robin Williams

I have been debating for the past few hours as to whether or not I should write anything about the passing of Robin Williams.  So I finally decided to come up with this little homage to him.  I feel like what’s already been said about him has been said; about how sad his unexpected death is and the enormous legacy he leaves behind.

I wasn’t an adamant fan of his, but his face and voice have definitely made notable appearances and last impacts in films when I was growing up; from “Hook,” to “Aladdin,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Happy Feet.”  He had a distinguishable charm that could capture an audience in an instance, and that is something- amongst many things- that he shall be remembered for.

I leave with you this clip from “Hook,” when the Lost Boys have realized that their original leader has returned to Neverland.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow, it’s been reported that Robin Williams has died of a successful suicide attempt, following a bound of depression he’s been suffering from recently.  This could have been prevented if he had gotten the right help, which is why I want to say this: If you or someone you know is suffering from depression and contemplating suicide, there are people there who can help.  Don’t ever feel ashamed to ask for help: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. 

RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014)

“Promise of Daybreak”: The Music of “A Moment’s Worth”

I listened to a lot of music while writing A Moment’s Worth.  I think that’s kind of a given in the circumstances of many people, whether they are authors or not.  Life would just be a tad bit boring- and a tad bit too quiet- without music.  I even integrated music to some degree into my novel (SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t read it yet): There was a mentioning of the band Run River North in one chapter, and in another, I mentioned how a song by YouTube artist David Choi could be heard playing softly in the background of a boba tea cafe.  I think the means of music in structuring my novel could go even beyond that, for I recall mentioning in an earlier blog post on how I saw the novel as like an album, whereas my short story The Shadows was kind of like an EP. Continue reading ““Promise of Daybreak”: The Music of “A Moment’s Worth””

Finding Bravado

Come this Tuesday and it will be three weeks since I released A Moment’s Worth.  While three weeks normally feels like a relatively lengthy period of time to me, in this case scenario, it feels like a shorter period of time than that.

Consider me being overly optimistic in thinking that things would improve drastically from the time I wrote the post the Saturday following the book’s release, but in reality, things haven’t gotten too much better- and if they are, then they’re at a progressively slow rate.  My stats on the book’s purchase history have improved only slightly, and apart from a review a man from Colorado left on Goodreads (for whom I shall remain grateful for), I haven’t gotten any reviews yet.  With that, along with other pathetically petty issues that have been occurring in my life as of lately, haven’t been relieving me of any stress at all.

So that’s why I spent today walking; all over and any place worth walking- because walking is still a down-to-earth honest action almost any human can do.  I just needed to clear the air, clear my mind, and just let go for a while.  I needed time away from advice-givers and voices in general just to let me be. Continue reading “Finding Bravado”