Your Favourite {Plenilune} Quotes

Here is a listing of the graphics I have created for Plenilune, although I think I am not through making graphics for all the quotes you have curated.  It certainly takes some time to do, but I have enjoyed the exercise, and I hope you enjoy the results!  It has been a privilege to see which quotes stood out to you, which resonated with you, made you laugh or cry or get angry. 

(all stock used was free)

You'll Take the Old Aurelian Road: An Interview With Literary Lane



You'll take the old Aurelian Road through shore-descending pines
Where, blue as any peacock's neck, the Tyrrhene Ocean shines.
You'll go where laurel crowns are won, but - will you e'er forget
The scent of hawthorn in the sun, or bracken in the wet?
"the roman centurion's song," rudyard kipling

Now that so many people have read Plenilune (and so many people have enjoyed it!), I was given the opportunity of being hosted for some interviews and addressing some questions and thoughts readers have had about the novel.  A lot of the thoughts are recurring through people's reviews, so they may coincide with your own!  Please join me with Elizabeth Rose on her beautiful blog Living On Literary Lane.
Civil war lies at the center of the novel’s plot. In that vein, have readers expressed surprise or consternation at the violence in the story? What is your stance on literary bloodshed, both in your novels and in others’?
"There has been some surprise expressed, which has puzzled me, given the subject matter of the novel. You couldn’t not have violence in the novel, given that is revolves around war, and given the nature of the culture and characters involved. The impact of the novel would be lost and the taste would be spiceless and insipid without physical expression.

"Obviously, I don’t have a problem with bloodshed in writing. Some of the stories we like best are the ones in which people are willing to go to the point of shedding blood (their own and other people’s) for what they hold dear, and it would be an injustice to human sentiment to leave that out of Plenilune. There is a time for peaceableness, but there is also a time for war; I’m surprised that any student of the Scriptures and the history of the war-lords of Israel would find my bloodshed “over the top” or too much to handle, especially as I do steer clear of “gratuitous” violence. When people take issue with the violence that arises due to the war in Plenilune, I am more often perplexed as to the nature of modern fiction today, which would render people shy of my approach to bloodshed."

Your Favourite Things {From Plenilune}

“I walked in the autumn wind the other day...and it seemed the earth...was beaten out of copper like your fur."
When I have the time, I enjoy making graphic posters for Plenilune with people's thoughts and quotes about the book.  Now that many of you have read the novel, I have a proposition for you.  It is extremely cheap and a lot of fun.
tell me your favourite quote or quotes from plenilune in a comment below, and i will make a poster for them!
I will post them here on The Penslayer, and around on my other social media sites.  Grab your paperbacks and your Kindles and start flipping!
what is your favourite quote?

The Literature of the Year: a Tradition

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I'm not saying 2014 was a bad year, but I'm not about to populate it with Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard either.  It has been a hard year.  Even the good things have been grueling.  I'm not an effusive person - passionate, but not effusive - but when I see people gushing about how wonderful their 2014 has been, I can't help but wonder, are they being honest?  When they talk glowingly about God's blessings and their happy times, I think of the post I wrote two years ago, "One Thousand Disappointments;" when they talk about how much God has grown them, I think about the conversation I had with my father when he was in the hospital, and I expressed my belief that the impact and subsequent growth of many of the trials we go through cannot be measured until months if not years down the road.  I'm not bitter or jaded in the least, but for whatever reason, I'm not quick to talk about God's blessings to me.  One of those reasons may be that I know how easy it can be to become bitter when you see someone else experiencing what we call blessings when we aren't experiencing them ourselves.  I'm also quick to distrust "growth," knowing how quickly we can forget what we may have learned in the past.  Nor am I romantically optimistic about the new year, as if being new assured it of being easy.  I suppose my view (predictably) is like that of Christian's cold logic (it can hardly be termed courage) in the face of Apollyon's wrath:
"...he considered...that he had no armour for his back, and therefore thought that to turn the back to [Apollyon] might give him greater advantage with ease to pierce him with his darts; for, thought he, had I no more in mine eye than the saving of my life, it would be the best way to stand."
This year has had a lot more living than reading - for this poor little weakling, it feels more like surviving.  Like Elizabeth Bennet, "I am not a great reader," and for twelve months of raw, new, terrifying existence, I have very little reading accomplished to show for my time.  (Of course, I've published a book and had a baby; one supposes those things weigh in at the scales rather heavily.)




a good book is the life-blood of a master-spirit, 
imbalm'd and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life

The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper 1/4/14
Regency Buck - Georgette Heyer 1/9/14
Lectures on the Last Things - William Hendriksen 1/13/14
Essence & Alchemy - Mandy Aftel 2/13/14
These Old Shades - Georgette Heyer 2/21/14
Fly Away Home - Rachel Heffington 3/9/14
Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Steward 3/22/14
Unnatural Death - Dorothy Sayers 4/21/14
The Nine Tailors - Dorothy Sayers 5/7/14
The Windy Side of Care - Rachel Heffington 6/16/14
Practical Religion - J.C. Ryle 8/19/14
Boys of Blur - N.D. Wilson 9/1/14
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 9/26/14
The West End Horror - Nicholas Meyer 10/2/14
Rose Cottage - Mary Stewart 10/27/14
The Charm of the English Village - P.H. Ditchfield 10/27/14
Sin & Salvation - Lesslie Newbigin 11/25/14
Purgatorio - Dante Alighieri 11/29/14

Have you read any of these books in the past?  Do you think you will read any of them in the future?  I am on the last long chapter of The Tulip, and working my way through Jane Eyre.  I would like to wrap up my reading of the Divine Comedy with Paradiso some time this coming year; perhaps even read a little more Shakespeare (you might be appalled by how little Shakespeare I have read) and some Andrew Lang or Brothers Grimm.  For those who suppose I am clique-y and read only the sorts of literature that I write (I do not forgot these preposterous accusations shot at my own character), every book I have read in 2014, and every book I want to read in 2015, is casually and coincidentally completely other than my own style.  It suits me that way.