Book Review: Touching Widows

Book: Touching Widows

Pages: 88

Publcation Date: 07/31/2008

Publisher: AuthorHouse


Touching Widows is a short novel divided into four parts about an angel sent to Earth. At first Bishop is not sure why he’s here. Drawn by various tragedies, he discovers his purpose and helps unfortunate widows find peace. With only a touch he can see what brought each person to the breaking point in their lives and offers hope for the future. Before he leaves, Bishop gives each woman a parting note.

Rating: ♥♥♥

The book is really short and for a fast reader like me it took barely a full afternoon to finish. To say anything more about it would give away too much.

I like the basic message of Touching Widows; always believe in God, he will see you through. There are a lot of horrors in the world and though we might not have our own guardian angel, the book sends the message that we are stronger than we believe and to never give up hope. Life goes on.

The story progresses very quickly. There’s not much build up except for part 2 which is the longest chapter of the book and a bit graphic and explicit. Another issue is the fact that there is no obvious break in dialogue. Everything flows into one, I don’t know if that was deliberate or a formatting problem. At times I wasn’t sure which character was speaking. I would have to stop and reread it to be clear. With the author being a poet, the notes Bishop leaves are nice little poems of inspiration.

Despite everything it was an interesting book. The story is different.

The book is available on B&N and Amazon.


New do…

I had a few ideas for this post today but I’m going with an update on my natural style.  I’ve seen a few examples of crochet braids over the past year and looked up some tutorials on YouTube (there are alot!).

Anyway I decided to give it a go since I feel my hair needed some rest. Its been tangled and dry lately given that with the tapered cut the easiest way to style it is to leave it out.  I twist it but that’s only to give it the curls.  So last Saturday I washed and conditioned my hair.  I made the mistake of not pre-pooing and let just say I will never do that again. The entire process of putting in the crochet braids took about 3 hrs.  I used the Kanekalon Marley Hair #30.

So I went from this on a Friday:


To this by Saturday afternoon (not the nicest pic):


Styling is not too difficult though the hair tends to tangle and I have to keep clipping the ends. But so far I’m liking it.  I’ve gotten a few compliments and other women are asking how I did it.

PicMonkey Collage

I think this will be my Camp NaNo ‘do’ since when at camp you don’t want to be fussing with hair when there’s so much to do.  I’ve set myself a word count goal of 50k and the last thing I need is to worry about hair when I have writing to do.





Camp NaNoWriMo

Oh my goodness. Time got away from me these past few days so I am hella late with my post today. But better late than never. Anyway…

Camp NaNoWriMo starts next month!!

I tried last year’s Camp NaNo and it kinda didn’t go so well but I’m not a quitter so I’m taking a crack at it again. I’ve been outlining, researching and planning like crazy which is new for me since last time I pantsed (is that how you spell that?)  it all the way.  This time I’m working on a Sci-Fi novel.

I’m hoping to actually meet my goal which I’m setting for 50k words. I’ve signed up but haven’t been assigned a cabin yet.  Really looking forward to see what I can put out in a month’s time.

Anyone else trying Camp NaNo? Can somebody get me a Camp t-shirt?


Pinterest project…

I think I’ve mentioned a few times that I have a bit off a Pinterest obsession. Something Swanky has some great Pinterest boards showcasing her recipes and a couple weeks ago there were a few on making granola bars.

So I decided to try my hand at making some.  I didn’t have a specific recipe that I followed…Kinda created my own.  Here goes:


Banana Raisin Granola Bars

  • 4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tbsps corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon & nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Mix the oats, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut in a large bowl.  Mash bananas and add to bowl.  Melt sugar, butter & corn syrup together. Watch carefully and try not to burn the sugar (like I did! lol).  Let that mixture come to slow boil. Add vanilla last.  Add the syrup miture to the oats mix in the bowl.  Mix well, coating all the oats with the syrup.  Spread granola in a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake for 30-40 mins at 200 degrees. When cool, cut into squares.

When I did it I only used 2 1/5 cups of oats and it came out a little flat so I adjusted the recipe.  The end result tasted really good.  Next time I don’t think I’ll use the bananas.


If I could spend 15 mins with…

For this Monday’s writing related post I wanted to write about one of my favourite authors of all time… Octavia Butler.

Butler has been on my list of faves since I came across her obituary in the NY Times while I was in college.  I was surprised to learn that there was an African American female science fiction author.  I’ve always enjoyed sci-fi and was thrilled to find out about her.  That very same day I visited the nearest Barnes & Noble to find her books.  I’ve read just about all of her work that I can find.  Lillith’s Brood and Fledgling are two of my favourites.

If I could spend 15 minutes with Octavia Butler…I’d ask:

  • What sparks her story ideas?
  • Does she let a story ripen for months and years before attempting to write?
  • Was she a pantser?
  • The only story she has that I’ve never managed to complete is Bloodchild. It freaks me out.  What sort of things inspire stories like those?
  • Do you think that african american/black authors have come far in the science fiction genre?
  • What was her writing space like?
  • What advice would she have for her younger self about writing and would she change anything about her journey to becoming a published author?

If you could spend some time with anyone famous who would it be?

Happily Nappy…

I’ve been sporting an afro for the past year and a half now.  For about 10 years I had dreads and decided to cut them off when I got pregnant with my son.  Then I got my hair texturized a few weeks later.  Big mistake!  To fix that mistake I did something I never thought I would do again…I shaved all my hair off.  I was self conscious about it for weeks until it grew out a little.

Natural hair has its challenges. It takes forever to get it to look ‘normal’ since my hair is very thick and I have enough patience to fill a thimble.  But on days when I get that twist out to look good, I feel like a model (ha!).

PicMonkey Collage

Right now I have a tapered afro and there are days when I regret ever going to the barber but then I’m learning to appreciate it and trying to werk the style.  I have a Pinterest board where I post all my natural hair inspirations and advice called Happily Nappy.