This past week allowed me to reflect on the sanctity of voting, free speech, and writing. Check out some of the writing prompts from this past week in today’s post, along with today’s writing prompt: What Does Voting Mean To You? And see updates on the current novel I’m writing, what I’m reading, and more.

This Week’s Sunday Summary Writing Prompt: What Does Voting Mean To You?

Today, write a journal entry or a piece of short fiction about what voting means to you.

And or write a journal entry or reflective post summarizing the previous week you had and notable things you wrote, read, learned, etc., as well as what you want to write, read, and do in the week ahead.

Writing Prompts From This Past Week

In case you missed them when they were originally published earlier this week, here are the links to this week’s writing prompts on Daily Drafts & Dialogues blog. See my completed versions of each writing prompt in each post.

Updates On My Current Book Project

This past week I wrote over 4,500 words for the current novel I’m working on and wrote most of the third chapter. I also further developed major parts of the novel’s plot.

Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote this past week for my current WIP, which may or may not end up in the final draft:

Had Penny encountered this man somewhere before, too? Watching her? Is that why she was shocked when she looked in the window just now? Because she saw someone who has been following her? Was he following all of us? Our family? What did he want?  

With all the excitement of the past twenty-four hours, I completely forgot about this hooded watcher. And to tell Carson or anyone else about him. I look over at Carson to tell him that I’ve seen this man before, that he might be watching our family, and that he might be dangerous. But before I can warn him, Carson stands straight up, emerging from our hiding spot in the bushes.

From K.E. Creighton’s current WIP ; Nov. 2022

Current Reads And Book Reviews

I’m currently reading Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein and hope to really get into reading Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close by tonight or tomorrow.

So far, Why We’re Polarized is an insightful and practical book. According to its description on Goodreads: “In this groundbreaking book, Klein shows how and why American politics polarized around identity in the 20th century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and each other. And he traces the feedback loops between our polarized political identities and our polarized political institutions that are driving our political system towards crisis.” And he does, very well. It’s a well-written book that is surprisingly not as polarizing as you might think it would be— and I mean that in a good way. I will likely rate it five out of five stars but still have thirty or so more pages to read before I do.

Sign Here by Claudia Lux

This book was an ambitious undertaking for a first novel and I applaud the author for that. The writing style is captivating and allows the reader to totally immerse themselves in all the worlds in the novel. The mystery of what’s to come stays alive until the end and keeps you reading.

There are two reasons I didn’t rate this book 5 stars, although I really was close at times. 1. The identity of Peyote is not made 100% clear at the end of the novel. I’m pretty sure I know who he is… but I’m not 100% certain. And this detail is important in tying his narrative to the Harrisons’ narratives in the novel, for obvious reasons when you read the novel. So it ends up making his character seem more random in the novel when his character is not at all random.
2. The case files read more like mini novels than case files and it distracted me from the overall narrative, as opposed to supplementing the main narrative. Likewise, Phil’s letter seemed more like a mini novel and not a letter, making it less believable and impactful to the main narrative— so, the additions of mini-narratives when other types of documents were to be included were a bit distracting and took me out of the main novel’s narrative.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to those who want to visit both an imaginative (and sometimes humorous) Hell and the hell on Earth that brings it into being. And for those who are always curious about how their choices on Earth might affect their choices after life on Earth… and if there could be a way to get a do-over, and if it would be worth it in the end. If there is an end.

Rating: 4/5

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Writing Tips And Thoughts From The Week

Musings On Current News And Events

In November I’m looking forward to celebrating National Novel Writing Month by writing major portions of the current novel I’m working on. I also look forward to recognizing Native American Heritage Month.

Supposedly we gained an hour of sleep last night with Daylight Savings Time ending. We’ll see how I feel about that as the new week begins and it’s dark outside before I eat dinner every night.

Most importantly, voting was on my mind this past week and will continue to be as we start this new week since Election Day is on Tuesday. If you haven’t already, please make a plan to vote and make it happen! I want to feel optimistic about this election season. And I’m curious to see what the results of this election season at the local, state, and federal levels will be.

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