Offering

Yesterday, your manicure finally gave.  You wondered how long it would last, considering you are forever planting.  The answer was:  a week and a half.

It rained all through the night.  Was it that, or the sound of hubby flinging his shoes into the closet that kept you awake until 4 a.m.?  You woke at 6:45, so that’s just under three hours sleep.

But let’s not blame everything on hubby, or the rain.  At 1 a.m., you decided to read something from your pile of stuff, and suddenly you saw your way into a new story, and even though you only wrote a page (double space), you felt it couldn’t wait till the morning.

It would have been so great if you could have slept till 9 (or later), but alas, fate made you wake up at 6:45.  (It was strange, though, how happy you were to have an excuse to spend all morning in bed, reading —  Michael Cox’s historical novel, The Meaning of Night —  and watching old Perry Mason episodes on TV)

You also, at some point, got very excited about sending out a new manuscript of short stories, but before you did, you needed to double-check whether you’d already been in touch with that particular publisher, because you had the niggling suspicion that you had, and after a long and painstaking search you found that they had indeed rejected a collection of yours, in late 2008.  A nice rejection.  (Self can’t tell ya how many times she’s heard from publishers who say they regret they are unable to publish her, but her work is just so good that they fully expect to see her name in the local Barnes & Noble someday.  Which is all very well and good, but it’s been years since self got some of these nice letters, and as far as she knows, she and Barnes & Noble are still not on speaking terms)

Anyhoo, here you are reading Calyx, which is one of her favorite literary journals, and here’s a review of a book self thinks sounds fascinating:  Dancing in Combat Boots, and Other Stories of American Women in World War II, by Teresa R. Funke.  And here are a couple of passages from the review, which was written by Carol Bosworth and Barbara Boggs.

The eleven fictional stories in Teresa Funke’s collection are loosely based on real women’s lives during World War II.  These stories  . . .  illustrate many women’s struggles while their husbands were absent overseas, often for months without news.  Some women raised children and worked factory jobs; other women were nurses or canteen staff near battle lines in Europe, pilots of military aircraft being shuttled coast to coast, or staff of camps holding German prisoners of war in Colorado.  One story tells the experience of a young Japanese American woman who was evacuated to an internment camp with her entire family, where she lived as a virtual prisoner . . .  for the duration of the war.

Each vignette takes the reader into the time and place of these women’s wartime experiences.  The stories express daily emotional stress, tension, and the boredom of meaningless tasks.  Often the women persisted only out of sureness that the work made a difference to their nation in a time of crisis.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The life of B

Mainly through the lens of a Nikon

myguiltypleasures

welcome to my past, present and future mixed with whatever pops up right now

Iain Kelly

Fiction Writing

John's Space .....

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

nancy merrill photography

capturing memories one moment at a time

Rantings Of A Third Kind

The Blog about everything and nothing and it's all done in the best possible taste!

Sauce Box

Never get lost in the Sauce

GK Dutta

Be One... Make One...

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Fashion Not Fear

Fueling fearlessness through fashion and inspiration.

Wanderlust and Wonderment

My writing and photo journey of inspiration and discovery

transcribingmemory

Decades of her words.

John Oliver Mason

Observations about my life and the world around me.

InMyDirection

fiction, short story, writing, creative content

Insanity at its best!

Yousuf Bawany's Blog

lita doolan productions

Any old world uncovered by new writing

unbolt me

the literary asylum

CSP Archives

Archive of the CSP

The 100 Greatest Books Challenge

A journey from one end of the bookshelf to the other

%d bloggers like this: