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ImageIn The Stars Shine Bright FBI agent Raleigh Harmon goes undercover at Emerald Downs racetrack to find out why racehorses keep dying and hopefully salvage her career which is under intense scrutiny by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. Her work creates tension between Raleigh and her fiancé DeMott who wants her to give up her work and return to Virginia with him.

Sibella Giorello creates a suspenseful and engaging mystery rich in poetic imagery. Raleigh is a complex character whose desire for truth and justice doesn’t always fit into the meticulous procedural protocol the FBI expects from her. She is out there in the field among tragedy and crime while most of the higher ups behind their desks only have an eye for protocol.

Beloved literature professor Laurence Perrine said in his book Literature: Structure, Sound and Sense “The ambiguity and multiplicity of meanings that words have are an obstacle to the scientist but a resource to the poet.” Both The Mountains Bow Down and The Stars Shine Bright are interesting and enjoyable stories that use poetry to talk about science. Author, Sibella Giorello uses a geologists’ vocabulary to guide her word choice. This gives the story’s narrator a distinct voice. Thematically, the story focuses on juxtaposing the value of human rights and animal rights against a backdrop of financial and career crisis.

The Stars Shine Bright will challenge the readers’ value of human life in spite of the costs using the richness of poetry to talk about the science of truth and justice. I’m glad I read it.

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Writing is as profession which includes lots of time alone. The thing about alone time is that there is solitude and then there is loneliness. They are both alone time but one is bad and the other is the therapeutic. A recent article in the Washington Post reports that actually loneliness ins contagious. “The federally funded analysis of data collected from more than 4,000 people over 10 years found that lonely people increase the chances that someone they know will start to feel alone, and that the solitary feeling can spread one more degree of separation, causing a friend of a friend or even the sibling of a friend to feel desolate.”

The thing about being alone is that it makes it really easy to focus on one’s person’s faults and fears. It is often easier emotionally to do work or help someone else than it can be to sit in a room alone for 30 minutes. Night time forces it on people. The rest of the world shuts down and the options for activities diminish greatly. True solitude asks people to value life on a level deeper than abilities and accomplishments. It is wonderfully freeing to feel valuable based on something constant and unchanging and conversely terribly unsettling to be alone and believe that one’s value is based on abilities and accomplishments.

According to freelance writer, writing coach and editor Lynn Franklin said “Creating or joining a writer’s group is the only way she knows to combat the inherent isolation of writing. “Think of the Algonquin Group in 1919,” she said. “Or Gertrude Stein’s writing salon in 1920s Paris. The one produced the New Yorker magazine and the other nurtured some of the finest writers of the 20th century — including Hemingway, Ezra Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald.”  There is a synergy in a good writer’s group that is invaluable to the participants.

There are lots of ways to go about this both online and in real life.(IRL) Here are a few local and net based options.

Good Reads

James River Writers

The Muse Writers Center

The Artist’s Way Online

The North Carolina Writers Network

EditRed.com

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