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Fight Club Part 3: The Hospital

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My hospital stay lasts three days. I regain consciousness somewhere in the middle of the second. Through the slits in the bandages that cover my face I can see the drab furnishings of my curtained-off section of the room. 1,285 more words



Sometimes when writing, you are required to go back to some point in time in your own past to recall a scent, a touch, an emotion, or perhaps a scene, in order to convey an experience your readers can relate to. 150 more words


10 Books to Shape a Life: Leah Edition

As a reader, English-degree-holder, and aspiring publishing professional, I get asked one question a lot:

“What’s your favorite book?”

Which, frankly, kills me because do you… 1,814 more words

Leah Writes

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


The war against Voldemort is not going well; even the Muggles have been affected. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

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Book Reviews

TTT: Learn After Reading

Books characters are such great people to live vicariously through, so it was pretty easy to come up with ten things I wanted to learn or do after reading books. 578 more words


Day 941: Let Me Tell You about a Man I Knew

Let me first get this over with. I have rarely encountered a book title that seems so inappropriate to the actual book. This title, which seems so similar to the opening of a 60’s Ray Charles song, is for a historical novel about a fictional relationship between an ordinary woman and Vincent Van Gogh. 252 more words


Simple Gifts

Looking over my shelf of books, I found June Sprigg’s gift to me from many years ago.  Her small paperback, Simple Gifts,  details her summer with a group of Shaker women in New Hampshire, and it brought back memories of my visit to the Berkshires.   134 more words