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VOICE, A PERSPECTIVE - Cyndi MacMillan's Blog

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Cyndi MacMillan's current projects include three children's book series. Her "life as a writer' blogs can be read at  https://cyndimacmillan.wordpress.com/  Three of her poems have been published in Room magazine, issue 49.4, This Body's Maps, https://roommagazine.com/issues/bodys-map  Two poems have been published in the Prairie Journal ( Issue 67)http://www.prairiejournal.org/subscribe.html   Other poems can be found in Fieldstone Review, Issue 2015 http://www.fieldstonereview.usask.ca/article.php?article=167, Grain Magazine, issue 42.4, Summer 2015, Passed Signs/New Fields http://www.grainmagazine.ca/424  , The Steel Chisel, April 2016, http://www.thesteelchisel.ca/april2016_07.html.  The Centrifugal Eye, Spring 2016, the Unformed issue  http://www.centrifugaleye.com/ . She participated in the 20 Poem Challenge at The Ekphrastic Review: Writing and Art on Art and Writing, and twelve of her poems have been published by the journal.http://www.ekphrastic.net/apps/search?q=Cyndi+MacMillan.

Her fiction has appeared in local newspapers and has won contests. Her short story, Missed Steps, is forthcoming in the Windsor Review. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing further publication within their glossy covers while writing chapter books and early middle readers.

Poetry soup is a friendly forum which enables people from around the world to share their writing. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for people to connect.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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VOICE, A PERSPECTIVE


Blog Posted:1/3/2014 8:28:00 PM

I recently read the novel, ROOM by Emma Donoghue.

 

 

This book kept me reading. I haven't done much fiction reading over the past few years; instead I've concentrated on reading books and magazines with parenting themes. I've also enjoyed reading poetry and books/articles on poetic devices. But due to lack of time, lack of sleep, lack of energy'  I just delayed my favourite pastime: reading fiction

ROOM hit me on a very emotional level and I made the mistake of reading the final chapter in a cafe...  It had been a gift to myself, time and a comfortable seat by a window, pumpkin spice coffee satisfying my yen for something different.

 

I should have known better. The author HAD me. I mean she turned me inside out and upside down. I was openly weeping as I read her final paragraphs. A stranger gave me a kind look, perhaps a fellow reader who understood the power of the written word. And words ARE very powerful... some can change minds, even change attitudes, a few have changed lives

 

The book is written in the point of view of a five year old boy, held prisoner, who has never seen the outside world. The author managed to maintain THIS VOICE throughout the entire novel... brilliantly.

 

As both a fiction writer and poet, I have written from children's, men's and women's points of view and I know what it is to maintain voice.

 

Some may have read/remember my Segments of Orange (still to be finished. Ruben, I promise. And I don't make promises lightly) in which I used a man's point of view. Readers seemed to enjoy this perspective and male readers let me know I'd kept the male perspective, that my protagonist sounded authentic.

 

Fiction writers do this all the time. Stephen King can easily slip between men's and women's points of view and what makes him such a popular author is that his characterizations are so realistic and riveting.Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone is another example of a great novel that is centered on character development.

 

Many of my poems are first-hand accounts, but I also like to step into shoes and can write in third person. Some of my poetry is a fictionalized version of real life scenarios or an adapted view of historical fact.

 

So... lol... if you have read this far...

 

  1. Have you read any good books lately? What moved you about the story?

     

  2. When you write poetry is it ever fictional and do you write from a variety of points of view?

         3.  Feel free to share... whatever... but keep it courteous. Merci!

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Date: 1/5/2014 2:49:00 AM
i have this old book which i never touched so i went back to it.. ubeliveable. it's FIRMIN )from a rat's perspective)by sam savage...worth it!.. huggs
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Date: 1/5/2014 8:08:00 AM
FIRMIN or VERMIN, soul-sis? I will have to look it up! I once read a story written that followed the path of a box of chocolates. Though not written in the POV of the chocolates, the story was about them. Because it was a murder mystery. The chocolates were poisoned... the box was given, re-gifted, stolen, mistakenly taken... and on and on
Date: 1/4/2014 4:57:00 PM
this looks like a really good blog. I will have to come back later to it, cyndi.
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Date: 1/4/2014 12:00:00 PM
If anyone likes erotic literature they are better of reading Anne Rice's series under the name A. N. Roquelaure The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, also The Laurel Hamilton book have some wonderful lovemaking scenes. Both are much better writers.
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Date: 1/4/2014 9:06:00 AM
I read action adventure like Nelson demille? I like a lot of men's reads thick with historic fiction. I LOVE sci-fi & fantasy [have read a good new sci-fi author in decades like Blish, Bishop, Asimov] I like Anita Blake books [Laurel Hamilton]for popcorn reads female kick arse heroine [5'2] with a glock & many knifes! vamp killer, necromancer. Last good sci-fi by Gibson
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Date: 1/4/2014 3:39:00 AM
Let's roll by Lisa Beamer tells the true life story of her husband Todd Beamer..dying on September the eleventh..as a hero..Its about one of the planes which went down on that day ..Im not saying more maybe others want to read it dear.I love reading biographies of famous actors,poets,artists,politicians and of ordinary people too. Re fiction..Even in the most complete fiction poem there is a shadow of who I am..What I believe in ,and what I wish for..Tnks for sharing this blig and hope you are feeling better.
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Date: 1/4/2014 8:42:00 AM
Charmaine! I had wanted to read Let's Roll!!! I will add it to my list -- I'll check if the two local libraries nearby carry it! Beginning to feel better. I hope the tincture I bought will finish this thing in four days. We'll see :D
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/4/2014 3:44:00 AM
I used to enjoy reading Stephen king's books in the past..Then by time I stopped.Still have some of his books though
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Charmaine Chircop
Date: 1/4/2014 3:42:00 AM
Blog i meant.. And in the most complete fiction poem that I ve written..I meant..Christina keeps pushing the buttons ..Sorry for that
Date: 1/3/2014 11:27:00 PM
reading one called Adrenaline at the moment, quick paced and holds my attention, I always have at least one book on the go. Love Michael Connelly books, mystery thrillers are my preferred genre. I like Koontz and King too
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Date: 1/4/2014 10:26:00 AM
yes he wrote the Poet, long ago. he also wrote the Lincoln lawyer that was made into a movie with Mathew Connaughy
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Date: 1/4/2014 8:50:00 AM
Something happened to me after having my girl... hard to explain, but... when I read violence, it became unpalatable. I could no longer watch police thrillers ... read murder mysteries. ROOM was hard for me to read. But the story IS beautiful, on a unique level.
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Date: 1/4/2014 8:44:00 AM
Michael Connelly, didn't he write a thriller called the Poet? Oh, I remember reading one of his and loving it! I like a good nail biter, too. I am only lately beginning to be able to enjoy suspense.
Date: 1/3/2014 9:07:00 PM
I'd say 80% of what I write is based on my life. I know it sounds like fiction a lot of the time but Oh well? What doesn't kill you?
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Date: 1/3/2014 9:06:00 PM
Well, I was reading Game of Thorns, I picked the 1st one up at Goodwill & had no idea it was a HBO series. Excellent writing, I have finished book 3! I thought I ordered somemore from amazon but they haven't come? So a picked up a copy of Blackwood Farm by Anne Rice. I think Rice & Orson Scott Card are the best fiction writers of the 20th century.
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Date: 1/3/2014 9:38:00 PM
I haven't heard of Blackwood Farm. I'll have to check it out on the web tomorrow. Yes, Rice is awesome. I also like Ann Tyler.
Date: 1/3/2014 8:59:00 PM
Almost finished reading "Start:Punch Fear in the Face", by Jon Acuff. It's about following your dreams and getting started. All of the writers and poets here could benefit from his philosophy. He is an excellent writer and mirrors his own failures and successes with down to earth steps and humor :)
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Date: 1/3/2014 9:39:00 PM
This is cool. I'll be able to write down some books to look into reading in a day or two! Thanks, Karen

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