A Good Cause and A Couple of Books

I know there are a lot of worthy causes right now, especially with the economy as problematic as it is. Here, however, is D’argo’s case, and if you are an animal lover, please help if you can.


As you can see from the currently reading graphic, I’m enjoying Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind, the zen journal of Maureen O’Halloran. It reminds me to be patient, which as we all know is my biggest struggle. Solid reading for creative and spiritual types alike.


Last night, the book group discussed Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Are any of you familiar with it? Romance isn’t usually a read for our group, and we wondered about the conventions of writing this kind of romance. Our thoughts seemed to be that this book had a plot that existed mostly to knit sexual threats together. Is this the case with your usual “bodice ripper?” (Is that term even used anymore?)

Another question we had is whether or not, among romance writers, what something like Outlander might be labeled. I understand there are different terms, and we weren’t aware of the conventions.

Diana Gabaldon seems to be doing very well. What is the reputation of the Outlander series? Why is it so popular?

I thought I’d ask the people who knew.


I have the gift of time this morning. I’m going to check on some classes and write a couple of recommendation letters before disappearing to write. Stay safe out there!


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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