Blonde Paradox

Blonde Paradox


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I have been a reader and writer for as long as I can remember. I sincerely do not remember a time when I didn't know how to read. Reading was considered frivolous and a bit decadent by my parents, so I found hiding places to read when I was growing up. My favorite was in our bathroom between the hamper and the bathtub. With the lights off, I crouched down, settled over a heating vent, and read for hours.

My favorite authors are Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King, John Irving, and John Steinbeck. I enjoy Vonnegut's short stories more than his novels, and I like John Irving's early work. Lately, Irving's novels are a weary reworking of the same old premises and plot lines. The symbolism is even wearing thin: another bear, really? East of Eden is my favorite Steinbeck book; "Harrison Bergeron" is my favorite Vonnegut short story; and Stephen King's works, all morality plays in my humble opinion, include characters fashioned in raw realism. I swear by King's On Writing as the least pretentious book about the craft. I appreciate the power of his honesty. I often turn to it when my writing becomes craven and gutless.

I am a fan of dystopian literature. My favorites of the genre are Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm; Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, William Golding's Lord of the Flies; Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange; and Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games series. Other favorites from various genre's are Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street; Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible; Tabitha King's One on One; and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

If reading is my passion, writing is my obsession. I know it is time to get back to a character when I can’t concentrate on the book I am reading because a certain character continues to intervene, invading my thoughts and overriding my “to do” lists.


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Posted 12 Years Ago

Thanks for the welcome, and thanks for brightening my corner!

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Posted 12 Years Ago

Brighten Your Corner

We cannot all be famous
or be listed in "Who's Who,"
But every person great or small,
Has important work to do.

For seldom do we realize
the importance of small deeds,
Or to what degree of greatness
Unnoticed kindness leads.

For it's not the big celebrity
in a world of fame and praise,
But it's doing unpretentiously
In an undistinguished way.

It is the work that we're assigned,
unimportant as it seems,
That makes our task outstanding,
And brings reality to dreams.

So do not sit and idly wish
for wider new dimensions
Where you can fantasize about
Your many good intentions.

But at the spot you are right now
begin at once to do
Little things to brighten up
The lives surrounding you.

If everybody brightened up
the spot where they are standing,
By being more considerate,
And a little less demanding,

This dark old world would very soon
eclipse the evening star,
If everybody brightened up
The corner where they are!

Brighten up your corner today!

~ Helen Steiner Rice