What Reader Holly Wants

Reader Questionnaire: What Reader Holly Wants (With a tip of the hat to the Inside the Actor’s Studio)     First Name: Holly Age: 43 Occupation: writer, editor, printing/publishing account manager What occupation (other than yours) would you like to try? milliner  What sound or noise do you love? rain What sound or noise do you hate? mouth noises What is your favorite word? le bon mot, whatever that may be in a given moment. Fiction or Nonfiction? Mostly nonfiction these days. Once I got fiction sufficiently deconstructed to where I could write it, it kind of lost its appeal. Genre? What’s that? Ebook, audio book, or physical book? Physical, always. For fiction I like paperbacks because they’re light and compact and I don’t have to worry about tearing them up. But for research/nonfiction books I like hardbacks because I want them to last. I will sometimes read short fiction or articles digitally but I find I don’t retain the content well. What makes you choose a book to read? For fiction, the voice of the prose. I choose nonfic based on subject matter, but a more readable title is preferable over a dry flavorless title on the same subject. No […]

Going to Mars, Word by Word

The Power of Words Do you remember when you first started to read? Children recognize the power of words before they can form them. They know that books hold secrets long before they can read. Their curiosity and fascination drive them to turn pages of a book looking for the key to understanding. They beg to be read to. Finally, they are old enough to learn to read. But first, they must know their alphabet by sight and sound. There are only 26 letters but there are at least 44 sounds those letters, or combinations of letters, make. Finally, they learn to string the sounds together. Faces scrunch up with effort as they laboriously sound out letters on the page. “rrrrr – ah–” “No, that is a u. It’s sound here is ‘uh.’” “rrrr – uhhhh – ennn. rrr—uhhhh—nnnn.” Suddenly their face light up and they shout, “Run!” After the first word, the second, third, and fourth come more quickly. They turn the pages eagerly, finding new words and ideas on every page. They read nonfiction and fiction. Some progress to reading science fiction. The Power of Ideas The field of speculative fiction, or science fiction and fantasy if you […]