Yours to Tell: Dialogues on the Art and Practice of Writing by Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem

Blurb:
Steve Rasnic Tem and Melanie Tem are no strangers to the writing business. Between the two of them, they have published more than 600 short stories, 20 novels, and 10 short story collections. Not to mention numerous articles, essays, poems, and plays. They've won the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and Bram Stoker Award.

In this book they go over everything from the mechanics of writing, to how to find the time to write, to dealing with all the paper writers tend to collect. They discuss plot, point of view, setting, characterization, and more, all in an informal tone that invites you to become part of their conversation. Learn how to find your stories because they are Yours to Tell.
Yours to Tell is a writing craft book that goes over everything from the mechanics of plot and characterization to the occupational hazards of writing (i.e. being buried in paper) and a writer's schedule. Yours to Tell is conversational in nature with each chapter beginning with a prompt, and both Melanie and Steve talking and giving ideas or solutions for it. Different writers will identify with many of the things they talk about, especially when one writer is a saver and a book collector, and the other writer prefers an electronic life.

There are so many things a writer could get hung up on when writing becomes a business. But focusing on the art of simply writing is important. From the book:

"Writers write, whether they're making money or not, whether they're even publishing or not."

Everyone has a story to tell, and each story will have a new and different perspective. And fiction is especially interesting because readers have to believe in that writer's reality to become part of the book. The chapter on Engaging the Reader was probably most important to me as it goes into the relationship the writer has with the reader, providing great examples and ways authors can engage readers.

Overall, a great book on the craft of writing.


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Pretty Tough Plants by Plant Select


Blurb:

There’s a growing demand for dependably hardy plants that require less maintenance and less water, but look no less beautiful in the garden. Plant Select—the leading purveyor of plants designed to thrive in difficult climates—meets this need by promoting plants that allow gardeners everywhere to have stunning, environmentally-friendly gardens that use fewer resources. Pretty Tough Plants highlights 135 of Plant Select’s top plant picks. Each profile features a color photograph and specific details about the plant’s size, best features, and bloom season, along with cultural needs, landscape features, and design ideas. The plant list includes perennials and annuals, groundcovers, grasses, shrubs, and trees. A chart at the end of the book makes it easy to choose the right plants for specific conditions and needs.

A great book for gardeners looking for water-wise plants in tough to grow gardens. Read the full review for Pretty Tough Plants on Cultivate to Plate, and check out the page set up with a sample page layout of the book.


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Field Guide to Coastal Fishes


Blurb:

From the Arctic waters of Alaska to the southern tip of California, this fully illustrated guide captures the stunning diversity of fishes along the western coastlines of the United States and Canada. The combined work of renowned marine science illustrator Val Kells and distinguished ichthyologists Luiz A. Rocha and Larry G. Allen, A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California is this region’s most current and thorough fish identification guide.
Whether you are an angler, scuba diver, naturalist, student, or teacher, you will find every fish you’re trying to identify, each shown in lifelike detail. The book’s coverage extends from shallow, brackish waters to depths of about 200 meters.
Key features include· Over 950 illustrations of adults, juveniles, and color variants · Descriptions of 157 fish families and almost 700 species· Text presented adjacent to the illustrations· Concise details about the biology, range, and distribution of each species 
Poised to become your go-to reference, this guide will find a welcome spot on your boat, in your backpack, or on your bookshelf.   
Great compact book focusing on the coastal intertidal fishes ranging from Alaska to California. The full review for Field Guide to Coastal Fishes is on Dana Point Fish Company.

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