Book of the Weeks: 5/8-5/21/2017 “Steering The Craft”

Book of the Weeks 5/8-5/21/2017 “Steering The Craft”

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Happy Monday!

Do you grumble at that sentiment? Are Mondays grueling, groggy days during which you are forced to drag yourself through the workday while shaking off weekend withdrawals?

Or are you like me? An unemployed mama whose weekends, while filled with moments of joyful child-parent bonding, also serve as reminders that you have a job that never ends and is rarely appreciated as it should be? Like me, does Monday offer a much needed reprieve, if only for a few brief, task filled hours, while your kids spend time at school or daycare?

Either way, whether it’s a day to stumble through, or a day to celebrate some fleeting freedoms after a hectic weekend, you should spend some time doing something you love. And if you love writing, this weeks’ selection will help you do just that; in the evening after work, or the morning while your kids are at school.

I was first introduced to this book while writing my MFA thesis, another task I managed to squeeze in around full-time momming.

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For my MFA thesis, I had to submit a big creative portfolio, which I had originally planned to be a fantasy novel, but when I learned that I would be giving birth to my second child at the beginning of my thesis semester, I decided to switch to a collection of speculative fiction stories. I also had to write an academic essay that related to my studies. I decided to write it about three favorite SF luminaries whose works had predicted future events, trends, or inventions with almost preternatural accuracy: Philip K. Dick, Octavia E. Butler, and Ursula K. Le Guin. Imagine my overwhelming joy when I discovered that one of my academic thesis subjects had also written a book that would help with my creative thesis! But you don’t have to be an SF enthusiast or even a Le Guin fan to benefit from Steering the Craft (you probably do have to be a Le Guin fan to qualify as a human though; just sayin’; she’s pretty incredible).

So for this Book of the Weeks, which covers Mother’s Day, lets check out an inspirational writing tool from one of the Mothers of SF. Whether you’re an aspiring fantasy/SF writer, a blogger, or you’re working on healing your trauma through narrative fiction (guess what: I’m all three) your writing craft will benefit from this weeks’ selection.

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Book of the Weeks 4/10-4/23/17: “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”

The Betty's Battleground Book of the Weeks 4/10-4/23/17 is "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest" by Ken Kesey. Click to learn more.

Ahhhhhhh….and we’re back to fiction.

I love fiction. One of my daughters is in the hospital with pneumonia right now, poor chicki. She is on the mend, though, so don’t worry. In fact, I expect that she will be out today or tomorrow! My mother-in-law got hospitalized as well, because the virus (which my entire family contracted) targets the lungs and is dangerous for asthmatics.

I believe it, because I have no history of asthma, but as I am writing this, my chest is tight. Uggggh.

Anyway, the one little tiny good thing in all this is that it has allowed for more than usual time to read. I love love love reading. So today I want to recommend to you a book that you can add to your reading list for the next time YOU have a sick day or some free time.

When the kids are sick, we read. www.bettysbattleground.com

The past week on Betty’s Battleground has been all about mental health treatment…which is kind of ironic, because I am now being reminded how drastically different the treatment of physical ailments can be. I wrote about my experiences in the psych ward, and a few days later hosted an excellent guest post by Sheila O’Donnell about trauma informed care.

The book I am choosing as “book of the weeks” for this next set of weeks is all about life within a psych ward. It is one of my favorite books, and if you haven’t read it yet, that is a PROBLEM which you need to remedy ASAP.

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Book of the Weeks 3/27-4/9/2017: The Body Keeps The Score

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Hello again Lovelies!

It’s Monday. The other Monday, that is. Which means it’s time to announce my book of the weeks.

If you missed the Book of the Weeks 3/13-3/26/2017, click here to read my review of ‘Fig’ by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz along with an exclusive bonus interview with author Sarah Schantz. You definitely don’t want to miss reading her thoughtful answers.

This week, I am taking a break from the beautiful escapism of fiction to introduce you to what I consider to be the definitive text on PTSD. Sorry guys, no author interview this time, but read on; The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk is a book which should sit on every curious learner’s bookshelf.

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