The View through My Lens

the blog of writer & photographer Jennifer Lyn King

Darkness, Perspective, and Light

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s...

read more

A Chance to Unplug

“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.” – Harper Lee This summer...

read more

The Sun Rises

No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn. – Maya Angelou One of my favorite book titles is by the great Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. There is so much implied in that title, don’t you think? For me, it says, “The sun sets....

read more

How to Write a Book in 5 Steps

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” – Ernest Hemingway Everyone has a story to tell. I believe that. I also believe Hemingway is right: all we have to do to write well is open up a vein. Writing is one of...

read more

The Excellence the Olympics Inspire

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle Over the...

read more

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ―Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird This summer, I’ve read several books and listened to a few of them on audio (which is a new experience). Reading, to me, is one of the great...

read more

Summer Gardens

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson It’s funny sometimes to think amidst the busyness of work, family, appointments, kids’ practices and games, about slowing...

read more


“She is novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time.” – Mark Twain I traveled this week to Chicago for a work conference, and touched down just before the clouds opened with rain. After a steamy start, Chicago...

read more

What Only Light Can Do

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches Along with so many, I’m deeply saddened by the week’s...

read more

Jennifer Lyn King

Welcome to The View Through My Lens, where I write about my passions: books, travel, and the beauty found in everyday life.

Thanks for joining me on the journey!

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications each week of new posts by email.

Photo Cards & Prints

Buy Jennifer's Photography
Jennifer's fine art photography and paintings available from WHCC

Recent Reads

Jennifer's bookshelf: read

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

Jennifer King's favorite books »

The Latest at Twitter

My Manifesto

2008-2015 Archives