I created this blog for two reasons. One, I love reading and writing. Two, I want to practice my analytical and creative writing skills. For each post, I will read a book, pull out a quote that I feel is key to understanding the book, write a little blurb about an aspect of the book that made me think and will, hopefully, make you think, and then include a fictional piece that I have written that was specifically inspired by that book. So I will take a piece of fiction, explore it in a nonfictional way and pull ideas from it, and then write a new piece of fiction inspired by those ideas. By engaging with a text in this way, I participate in the larger conversation in which all writers partake. A reader can only listen to an author, but a writer can respond or continue the conversation through her own writing. So the inspiration, or the conversation, flows from one author’s pen to another. Plus, it’s a great way to practice those English skills that earned me a college degree ;P Anyway, I hope you enjoy my blog and if you have any reading suggestions please leave a comment!