The View through My Lens

the blog of writer & photographer Jennifer Lyn King

Light in Hard Times

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light. – Albert Schweitzer   This past week has been a tough one for the world. The events in Paris, France,... read more

Why I Still Blog (After 7 Years!)

“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” – Ernest Hemingway Writing is one of the most wonderful, yet often frustrating occupations. It’s sometimes easy to think up what you want to write... read more

12 Favorite Butterfly Photographs

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou Every year in September as the days grow shorter and the temperatures begin to fall, I become wistful for the summer. In winter,... read more

A Year of Yoga

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you... read more

5 Ways to Survive Busy Times

“If you are too busy to read, you are too busy.” – Richard Foster   Back to school time happens to be a very busy time. There are different sizes and styles of school shoes to buy, and the right color and thickness of highlighters, paper, folders, and... read more

Friends Keep Our Lights Going

“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” – Albert Schweitzer   When I arrived at Purdue University to begin my undergraduate degree in engineering, the Dean called a meeting in one of the... read more

The Shell Seekers

“This is one of my all-time favorites, for the beauty of the story, and the beauty in the language and writing. A breath-taking story of the pull and tugs of family with those who take and those who give. Loved this one.”   I wrote the lines above on... read more

Inside the O’Briens

“Walking with her dad is stressful. The whole reason she drives the car to pick him up from physical therapy is to avoid walking with him. But who can resist this day? She wants to be close enough to catch him if he starts to fall, but not close enough to catch a... read more

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Bel Canto
Life of Pi
The River Witch
Shine Shine Shine
Gone Girl
The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life
The Fault in Our Stars
The Midnight Palace
Up from the Blue: A Novel
The Age of Innocence
The Murderer's Daughters
Little Pink Slips
The Memory of Running
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print
The Expats
The Shadow of the Wind
The Keep
The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great

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