Posts Tagged ‘The Poisonwood Bible’

Coach Teresa, what are you reading, watching and writing?


I’m reading my clients’ manuscripts – I love quirky protagonists and compelling themes.


I’m still reading Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible. Ms. Kingsolver is a brilliant storyteller – 5 points of view (Orleanna Price, wife of evangelical Baptist minister Nathan Price; 4 daughters Rachel, Leah, Adah, Ruth May) – one family’s experience when they arrive in Belgian Congo in 1959.  Who is Methuselah?


I started reading Dr. Patricia Tsang’s Optimal Healing: A Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine. What is Qi? Such helpful information and explanations.


Michael Moore’s film Capitalism: a Love Story

What is a “dead peasant” life insurance policy?

Who said: ” . . . fight fight fight for the basic things in life.”

How did President Franklin Roosevelt end his speech (Second Bill of Rights)?

Episodes of Columbo–I’ll blog about the themes later.

Episodes of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.–I’ll blog about the themes later.


I’m writing editorial memos for my clients; assignments, tailored to their needs; blog posts; and my next workbook for writers.







Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

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Coach Teresa is the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days and Love Made of Heart.



Coach Teresa, what books are you reading this month?

Two weeks ago I reported to jury duty. Before leaving my house that morning to catch bus and BART, I went to my bookcases to look for volumes of Greek Tragedies (I’ve had those books since college days).

Why did I want to reread translations of Greek Tragedies? To study literary works that engaged me decades ago and have been in my memory since. In Greek Tragedies, oftentimes the villains are the parents, with help from the gods and goddesses. My studying these classics helps me gain  examples of plotline structuring and archetypes for my clients whose manuscripts carry similar themes–what if a family member is the wicked antagonist?

So, I re-read Aeschylus: The Libation Bearers (translated by Richmond Lattimore) and Sophocles: Electra (translated by David Greene), and, I’m re-reading Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris (translated by Witter Bynner).

Did I get selected as a juror?  That is another story which I will tell later.

Liz Bittner just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s novel The Poisonwood Bible and she lent me her copy.  I am enjoying it immensely.

Writers, I’ve updated my post “Coach Teresa, what should I do before hiring an editor?”

Happy writing and rewriting!


Teresa LeYung Ryan

Writing Career Coach; Manuscript Consultant; Author

of Love Made of  Heart; Author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days



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