In the Spring Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
Looking for reading this Spring?
Carrie Sessarego has some great suggestions!
“Spring is a time when everyone feels a sense of uplift, except for those who suffer from hay fever. Whether you are buried in a pile of tissues or picnicking in the park without a care, here are five fun books that will put a spring in your step.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
When better to read a book about a secret garden than in spring? This Victorian classic avoids the sentimentality of many other Victorian works by giving us a tough, angry heroine who does not want to be in England, does not want to make friends, and is generally disagreeable. When Miss Mary, an orphan who was born to English parents in India, is sent to her uncle’s Yorkshire mansion to live, she meets another child who is every bit as disagreeable as herself…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.
5 Books to Read this Holiday
that aren’t A Christmas Carol
by Carrie Sessarego
“I adore the novel A Christmas Carol. The original version, by Charles Dickens, is short (a feature that is always appreciated during this busy time of year) moving, and very funny. The only thing I dislike about A Christmas Carol is that it’s so famous you’d think it was the only winter season book in existence! Cozy up to A Christmas Carol, and then dive into these five books that are guaranteed to get you through the holidays.
- Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. This classic opens with the famous line, “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.” The first few chapters of this classic novel about five sisters and their mother during the Civil War takes place during and near Christmas, and the remainder of the book is just as delightful. Although this is a classic novel, the language is easily accessible to the modern reader, and the themes of sisterhood, growing up, and striving for self-determination resonate with modern readers as much today as they did when the book was first published in 1880. This is a ‘feel-good’ book in the best way, full of iconic characters and vivid scenes...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.
Packed with features to inspire and enrich your life, our publication includes:
- Finding Your Zen During the Holidays
- Discovering Family Connections
- Holiday Music
- 5 Books to Read this Holiday
- Geek Out for the Holidays
- A Seattle Progressive Dinner
- Recipe: Forgotten Cookies
- How NOT to Make Fruitcake
- Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate
- 5 Holiday Tips for Parents with Autistic Kids
- Fighting Holiday Stress One Bath at a Time
- How to: Make Fuse-bead Snowflake Ornaments
- City Spotlight: San Francisco
- Bay Area attractions: Charles Dickens Christmas Fair
- Lighter side: Santa, Seniors, and a Goat
- And much more…
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4 Apps that Changed Our Virtual Lives
by Dianna Kersey
Our family motto is: Have Internet, Will Live! As a remote, virtual telecommuter for over ten years, I’ve grown accustomed to an unconventional working lifestyle. Our family balances cyber technology with the real world, and over time, we’ve become a virtual-online family, interacting within a global village. Both my husband and I make our living telecommuting, and our daughter attends a fully accredited online virtual academy. With satellite Internet, virtual employment, and online school, our location is an unlimited option. Whether we’re nestled in the middle of the mountains, on a train, on our boat, or traveling, if we can access the Internet, we’re at work and school.
In a recent article, Forbes Magazine cited a 26% increase in the number of virtual jobs in 2014. Every year, more companies are seeing the potential for retaining their top associates by providing the benefits and flexibility of telecommuting. Amazon, Kaplan, First Data, CIGNA, Nationwide Insurance, and Convergys are some of the largest companies who actively hire qualified telecommuters.
Dan Golden, president of Be Found Online Digital Marketing states, “The flexibility of letting our employees move where life takes them has been a savior for retaining our best associates. In todayʼs world, hiring and retaining top talent is more important than hiring only local in our office.”
Working at home is no longer the scam of stuffing envelopes. It’s real work, from real companies, offering real paychecks for productive employees. To me, it’s the best employee benefit offered. No longer am I plagued by two or more hours of grueling, daily commutes. I gain back that otherwise wasted time in productivity and time with my family...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall Issue.
Classics to Trick or Treat by:
Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Cthulhu Mythos
by Carrie Sessarego
“The weather is cooling, the leaves are turning, and it’s time to read some spooky stories. Some of the most enduring are Dracula, by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, and the Cthulhu stories by H.P. Lovecraft (known collectively as the Cthulhu Mythos). These stories have been around for a long time – 1897, 1818, and 1928 respectively, but why do these stories continue to frighten and fascinate?
- They shaped the way we think about monsters.
In the novel Dracula, Dracula is not a good-looking guy, but he uses his mental powers to lure women to their doom. While some previous vampire stories used the “vampire as seducer” trope, it’s Dracula that popularized the idea of the monster as seductive. Meanwhile, Frankenstein popularized the idea of a monster that is sympathetic and tragic, while the Cthulhu Mythos popularized the idea of the monster as something beyond human understanding and something a human could never defeat. While the Mythos is not as much a household name as Dracula or Frankenstein, its influence on the tone and shape of modern horror has been huge…” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall Issue.
Interview with Author Emerian Rich
By Heather Roulo
Seven years ago, I met Emerian Rich through an online writer’s community. She’d already published the first book of her Night’s Knight Vampire Series and had stories coming out in several anthologies. At a time when social media was still considered suspect, she eagerly took on Twitter, podcasting, eBooks, and indie publishing. Since then, her publishing successes continue to mount. She organizes an annual writing contest and is nurturing a small publishing house. She is tireless, but took time out to sit down with me and discuss the appeal of horror, creativity, and her career as a writer.
Heather Roulo: Emerian, it’s great to interview you. I know you well, so it’ll be fun to let other people learn about you, too. I’ll start with the basics. First of all, how did you get into horror?
Emerian Rich: It’s funny because when I was a child, I was sheltered from horror things. Even Sleeping Beauty was considered off-limits because of Maleficent the witch, but that didn’t stop me from being drawn to the macabre. My view of horror is the beautiful, classic, mysterious side. There is something exciting about abandoned churches and windy graveyards, places where humans have stamped their emotional imprints.” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall Issue.