Review: Will Poole’s Island

Will Poole's Island
Will Poole’s Island by Tim Weed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read a few of his short stories, author Tim Weed is an excellent wordsmith when it comes to evoking mood, scenery, and action. He uses this ability to great effect as he tells the story of a young English colonist named Will Poole who has escaped the oppressive confines of his Puritanical and fortified plantation. The settings and environments reflect the various characters’ personalities and moods within a wide array of situations, whether at sea in a small dugout mishoon, daily life within an Indian village, the induced hallucinations of spending countless days in a perpetually dark jail, or free among nature within the forests and along the shorelines. Combine this with a strong sense of historical research and Weed’s natural gift of storytelling, the tale of Will Poole’s Island is immersive. The characters, the Indian villages, the English plantation, and the sea vessels are all as real as the room I am sitting in.

Though this is a work of fiction, it serves as a true escape to a time early in southern New England’s history, much of which has been fragmented and lost due to a lack of surviving records and the unfortunate destruction of the Native American culture during the Great Migration era. As a native to Connecticut sharing a similar ancestral history with Tim Weed, I appreciate his efforts in bringing Will Poole’s story to life. I hope other readers will find similar enjoyment in this wonderful novel, if not for the history lessons alone.

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I need to blog again

It’s been a long while since my last blog. Busy with my graduate thesis these past several month, kind of a funny thing to say at forty, but the path I chose. That and surgery in December on my cervical vertebrae, not much time left to do anything leisurely.

That has changed now. School is practically finished, I’ve healed, life moves forward. You’ll see me again on this strange blog doing whatever it is I do. Hope you will enjoy. Be back soon for the long term.

Short List for Peer Workshop

This is a short list of articles including some I shared with my classmates during the fall 2011 semester in West Conn’s MFA Creative and Professional Writing program. I have compiled this for the social media peer workshop at the January 2012 MFA writing residency.

Publishing Talk | 10 Twitter Hashtags for Writers

PR Daily | Careful, writers! 10 common words with opposite meanings

PR Daily | Your guide to the history and nuance of punctuation

Ragan | 5 ways to eliminate prepositions

Ragan | Not getting Twitter followers? Here are 10 key reasons why

Slate | Space Invaders: Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.

Social Media Today | How to Practice Social Media Etiquette

Social Media Today | Social Media Tips for The New Year