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Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – Reading from the very start

Posted on: July 19, 2019

A great post on the importance of reading, that made me think of the books I read as a child and how they influenced my life.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

In celebration of the imminent release of Jessica Norrie’s new book on July 22nd, I will be sharing her literary column posts again every fortnight over the summer. More about The Magic Carpet later in the post.

Reading from the very start

What is the beginning?

Before I wrote fiction and blogged, I was a translator, teacher and teacher trainer, with students ranging from 3 – 80+. I learned if a child learns young enough to appreciate different points of view through reading stories, the habit ebbs and flows but is never quite lost, with huge repercussions for how their lives develop.

Non-fiction can be told as stories too. The beginnings are usually clear, the plotting goes all over the place, the ends may be murky, but there’s always a story in there somewhere. It may be obvious – Henry VIII and his six wives, Harriet Tubman, Mahatma Ghandhi. Sometimes…

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19 Responses to "Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives – The Literary Column with Jessica Norrie – Reading from the very start"

thanks for sharing such a wonderful post by Jessica!

I like the idea that Jessica had another “life” as a teacher, translator, and teacher trainer before she became attracted to writing. Very similar to my background as an educator.

Prior experience is a good thing: Writers come to their craft seasoned with other skills, other viewpoints, and the discipline to learn something new. Thanks, Darlene, for featuring Jessica! You, she, and I have something else in common: imminent book releases. 😀

I so agree, the life experience we bring to our writing is so valuable and that includes all those books we’ve read over the years! We do all have books about to be released. It’s so exciting!

Oh, yes. What Marian says above. I can’t imagine who I’d be if I didn’t read as a child and become a convert of books from a young age. I applaud all authors who write for children and nurture them into a love of reading. Just as YOU do, Darlene, with your Amanda series!

Thanks so much, my writer friend! I would be a different person without the books I have read over the years and the people I have met in person and online. xo

YES! I feel so sorry for people who don’t read… and there are a lot of them out there. Unfathomable. xo

Sounds like a good article, Darlene. I’m clicking through.

Thanks. It is a good one!

I so loved reading as a child. Perhaps being on a farm books took me to places I could only imagine. Wonderful to see that nurtured for others.

I believe you are right. Growing up on the farm, I had more time to read and escape what I thought was boredom.

Thanks for sharing, Darlene. Such a great post about the importance of reading.

Happy to share as it is a subject close to my heart.

Thanks for sharing this….I was blessed with parents that encouraged reading as we did with our daughters. I remember pouring through books as a child…loved reading and to this day in my 60’s I still devour books. it is so important especially in todays world with all of the electronics for children to embrace reading.

The best thing a parent can do for a child is to encourage reading. It’s such a great start to life. I’m sure you are already reading to your grandchild whenever you visit.

Along that line Darlene…..our daughter has been big on reading to her children. We were all over it with our granddaughter and now with baby brother. It made my wife and I feel good to see our daughter carry that forward. Our granddaughter is now just over 2.5 and she recognizes words and can tell you what they are. Love it!

I’m not surprised as you planted that seed a long time ago in your daughter. She is also providing her children with a great start to life.

Hi Darlene,
For the past couple of weeks we’ve been writing about how we’re simplifying our life – and we invited you to share your thoughts on the subject. The response was wonderful! Thanks so much.

We loved reading your real-life experiences and have included them in our next post with a shout out to you and link to your blog. It will be published next Monday, July 29.

Thanks again. You made our day!
Terri & James @ gallivance.net

Thank you so much. I look forward to what others had to share as well.

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