Book Review: Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay

Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay is the 2015 second prize winner of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.

Gone to Drift is the story of Lloyd, a Jamaican youth who refused to accept that his grandfather, Maas Conrad, was dead when he did not return from a fishing trip after several days. Both family members and neighbours alike implored twelve year old Lloyd to cease his search and dangerous investigations. He defies them and continuously goes to great lengths to trace his grandfather’s steps. Lloyd finds some very ugly truths that he had suspected.

Eventually, with the help of a young female scientist, he learnt that Maas Conrad was last seen at Pedro Cays, a group of islands that was not his usual fishing location and that his disappearance might be connected to his disapproval of an ongoing Dolphin trade.

Parallel to this story, the writer narrates a first-person account of Lloyd’s adult life and subsequent tribulations.

This book was a memorable read. It was able to highlight an important current environmental crisis without detracting from the main storyline which was Lloyd’s determination to find his grandfather. Social issues regarding survival and the compromise that one sometimes has to make to keep afloat was also addressed.

Please visit my www.goodreads.com page to view my rating of this book and to see which books I am currently reading.

Upcoming Book Review Series: Winners of Burt Award for Caribbean Literature

What can I say, I’ve been a bad writer. It’s been several months since I have posted anything to my blog and I’ve barely read any books this year. I can’t change the past, only learn from it. What I have learnt this past year (and maybe a little longer) is that I am not the woman I could be when I am not pursuing my passion. I love to read and to write, but I let life get in the way of my writing and it wasn’t fun. Nevertheless, it’s only so long that I can allow myself to cry about my shortcomings, so I’m back at my computer, and I have a book in my hand every chance I get. Oh! and I’m also pursuing my MFA Creative Writing :-).

Caribbean Books Foundation has gifted me with several young adult novels from past winners of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. This contest is sponsored by CODE and is one of the major attractions at the NGC Bocas Lit Fes (Trinidad). Over the next few weeks, I will post one review every Wednesday. I must warn you, my reviews can be considered vague. Being a lover of novels, I know how infuriating it can be when someone spoils a plot or an ending for you. Seriously, it’s just as irksome as if someone ate a slice of cake that you strategically hid in the back of the refrigerator. Behind EVERYTHING! My reviews will be just enough to entice you.

A review has no particular format or rules, however, there is one rule that I have imposed on myself; I will only post reviews about books that I have enjoyed and therefore want to recommend. This rule also translates to – if I don’t have a positive review about someone’s book I will not post anything at all.  Of course I am entitled to my opinion, but it is no help or respect to a Writer to post something negative about their work. So, I’ll be adhering to a rule my father’s gave me as a child – In my father’s thunderous voice ‘If you have nothing good to say shut your mouth’. It should be noted that my father was flagrantly outspoken.

To be clear about this particular series, I have already read all the books that were gifted to me and they all kept me up at night. They were a great way to jump back into reading.

NB: I read and reviewed Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse in 2015 and loved it! I mean five stars. It is a must-read.

CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is now open for submissions

 

‘Magic’ happens when you’re not looking!

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So Easter is almost over and boy was I renewed! Hope you were too. I did not leave the house once and it was all kinds of amazing. I did all the

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things I once loved and was depriving myself of for months.

That’s right. I slept, I ate, I read (and drank wine and cocktails!).

I’m bedazzled by the resulting effects on my psyche.

Sometimes we need to step away from the routine in order to find ourselves.

But my moment of truth came on Sunday night when I had a Skype session with my client who lives in Florida…

Wow.

I am still in awe and so humbled that this super successful global businessman has chosen me to tell his story to the world for the second time.

Almost every time we speak, he reminds me how awesome my writing and work ethic is and how this…

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Goals vs. Resolutions

 

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Let’s face it, this is about the time that most of us have already fallen off the ‘resolution waggon’.

If you are indeed part of this group of balance challenged people,rasied-handthen maybe you didn’t put enough effort into planning your resolutions. This one action, planning, is the difference between a resolution and a goal.

According to Webster, a goal is a place at which a race or trip ends and a resolution is a fixed intention.

A goal has to have a  strategy to get you from one point to the next. It is a journey. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, there are specific changes you must incorporate in your life if you want to see the numbers on the scale go down. You have to change your diet or/and you have to start a regular exercise routine. If you do not make these changes, you are setting yourself up for failure. Doing the same things  can only give you the same results.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not against resolutions of any kind. This post sings to my personal choir. More than anything, I am encouraging myself.  2017 has to be the year that I conqueror procrastination. I  work best when I am in shape, so I have no choice but to pull my elliptical out of retirement. I have to exercise in the morning because if I give myself the entire day to think about it, believe me, I’d only be giving myself more time to make up excuses. Other than procrastination, taking on too many projects, at the same time, is my second most crippling problem. I am a very goal oriented person, but  I have to learn that two finished projects are better the five incomplete ones.

The good news is that 2017 has just begun, you have time. The bad news is that if you are going to start tomorrow remember that tomorrow is not a day of the week. Be specific.

‘I will read every afternoon from 6 pm7 pm‘.

‘I will take the stairs instead of the elevator at work’. 

‘I will exercise, every morning from 4:30 am to 5 am. 

Good luck to all my readers. Set your goals and work at them relentlessly until they become second nature.

 

Winners: Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest (Photos)

On behalf of Poui Publishing and Productions and Mario’s Pizzeria, I will like to thank and congratulate all the participants of the Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest.

You are all invited to continue following http://www.pouipublishingandproductions.com. There will be more contests and writing opportunities to keep encouraging you to write. Also, feel free to email me your thoughts and suggestions and I will do my best to facilitate them.

Prizes

1st. – A laptop 

2nd. – A kindle

3rd. – $500 in Mario’s products. 


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1st. Place – Nathan Pierre – The Great Find

 

2nd. Place - Hosanna Perreira - The New World

2nd. Place – Hosanna Perreira – The New World

 

3rd. Place - Ariel De Gannes The Girl and Her Shadow

3rd. Place – Ariel De Gannes – The Girl and Her Shadow

 

 

Winners: Trini Kids Can Write Short Story Contest

Congratulations! Nathan Pierre, Hosanna Perreira and Ariel De Gannes.

Please visit my site tomorrow for photos of the winners and much more.


W I N N E R S

1st. Place – Nathan Pierre

The Great Find

2nd. Place – Hosanna Perreira

The New World

3rd. Place – Ariel De Gannes

The Girl and Her Shadow