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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Weird vs. Normal
1:40 pm edt
See, the weird thing is I've been so engrossed this spring in playing tennis and working on the third draft of my novel
– due to be published this month. So, folks, please watch this space! – that I kinda have forgotten about keeping
up with my reading, reviews, and this Literary Blog. Not that this is weird, but it's not like me to be so lax. Then again...
I am discovering that as I grow older, nothing really surprises me anymore. What I once thought was/were weird or
odd or different, is/are just another facet(s) of normalcy. In fact, each of us is different, of course, in one way or another...in
some degree or another. But, yet, despite each of our own unique "weird"ness(es), we are all the same. Each of us
is just in a different a place on the spectrum of "normal".
If this makes sense to you, which I hope
it does, than have I got a book for you!
It's The Museum of Extraordinary Things , the twenty-fourth novel by Alice Hoffman, whose prolific productiveness at such a seemingly young age is weird –
in a normal, nice way – in itself. Although there are other authors just as prolific “out there”, I find
this a bit abnormal, especially since it’s taking me over three years just to get my first one finally written and published.
Anyway, I read Hoffman’s very intriguing and gripping historical novel set in New York City in the early
1900s – one of my most favorite places and times to read about – last month and have just gotten around to reviewing
Actually, my review posted on www.authorexposure.com this past Friday and, as you can see, it has taken me nearly four days to alert you. Sorry ‘bout that. Apologies all
Weird, huh? Well, for me, it is. But...then again...like Hofman's amazing and unforgettable characters,
I am doing what is normal for me. And that, in a sense, in a oddly normal way, can be extraordinarily weird in itself.
1:28 pm edt
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss El mira's Secret Treasure:
A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville
during the Roarin' 20s
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during
World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her sixth novel.