What Does Your Pen Reveal?

There is a very brief moment in Jeremy Page's Sea Change that I unabashed love. I'd like to think that most writers would feel the same way, that they'd see themselves in that same place. Guy sits down to write and examines his pen, thinking of all the places it's taken him and wonders where it will take him next. ...more
I loved that passage as well. Brilliant observation, beautifully rendered. I admit I don't often ... more

Do You Choose Happiness?

It is entirely possible that Guy, the main character in Jeremy Page's Sea Change, simply does not know how to be happy. In the opening pages it seems we catch glimpses of it but as the story goes on it seems that happiness is not something Guy is willing to fight for. ...more
@Rita Arens I think that since Guy lived a life in his journals that he fully intended to be a ... more

Do You Choose Happiness?

It is entirely possible that Guy, the main character in Jeremy Page's Sea Change, simply does not know how to be happy. In the opening pages it seems we catch glimpses of it but as the story goes on it seems that happiness is not something Guy is willing to fight for. ...more
Self-doubt can definitely prevent us from experiencing happiness, and it seems Guy has a lot of ... more

How Do You Move On When You Feel Stuck?

In Jeremy Page's Sea Change Guy is stuck. He knows that he ought to move on with his life following accident that killed his daughter. He knows that life should continue. He writes of another life every day in his journal, a life in which they are all together -- if not happy. At times the Guy in the journal is far more insightful than the real Guy. ...more
@sassymonkey@MyMommysPlace I'm not good at getting out of my comfort zone either, but I find ... more

Journeys to Unknown Ends

One of the things I loved most about Stella Duffy's Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is that Theodora took risks. She wasn't exactly fearless, she calculated her risks carefully, but she let her instinct guide her. Perhaps no risk was bigger than when she left the stage and made a journey to an unknown end. ...more
I'm definitely on one now. I'm about to move to Pensacola for six months while my husband goes ... more

Running Away From Life

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Or maybe they get hiding. After reading about the death of Guy's daughter in the opening chapter of Jeremy Page's Sea Change I understood Guy's need to run away. Guy is unusual in that he creates not only a new life for himself, but a new second life in his journals where his daughter is still alive. ...more
I sort of ran away from my life at the age of 13, when my family moved from LA to Chicago. ... more

Do You Seek Praise? Or Punishment?

When you look at Theodora as a historical figure it's hard to imagine that an empress and saint would be someone who sought punishment over praise. Yet in Stella Duffy's Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore she was just such a person....more
Today my husband graduated Navy boot camp and received the Military Excellence Award and a flag ... more

Theodora: The Most Powerful Woman You Never Heard Of

Theodora was many things. She was a girl trying to make a living. She was an actress who pushed boundaries and captivated audiences. She was Theodora-of-the-Brothel. She was a strong woman who knew her own mind and how to make her own way. As the title of Stella Duffy's novel, Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore states, Theodora was all those things -- but she was much, much more. She was possibly the most powerful woman in the history of the Roman Empire, and chances are, you've never heard of her before. ...more
I almost couldn't believe what I was reading was historical fiction. How could such an important ... more

How Do You Define Your Best?

"Good job!" "You did your best, that's what counts." We've all heard these phrases a some point but in the first pages of Stella Duffy's Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore the idea of doing one's best took on a different meaning. Theodora wasn't trying to do her best, she was trying to do her teacher's best -- the best that he expected. How often have each of us fallen into that trap?...more
@thenheathersaid I'm adding these questions to my mental repertoire. Excellent, all. more

How Do You Define Your Best?

"Good job!" "You did your best, that's what counts." We've all heard these phrases a some point but in the first pages of Stella Duffy's Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore the idea of doing one's best took on a different meaning. Theodora wasn't trying to do her best, she was trying to do her teacher's best -- the best that he expected. How often have each of us fallen into that trap?...more
Dang! Great takeaway from the novel. In recent years I've found that my best is often not ... more