Robot Coconut Trees by Kelsey Horton


The first thing I wanted to know about this book is where in the world the title had come from. Kelsey quickly answered that with a story. Her five-year-old nephews who enjoy writing books and stories, asked what the name of her book was going to be. Since she was meditating about that question at the time, she asked her mom to summarize the book for them and tell them it was an inspirational book for other writers. The two boys consulted and proposed “Robot Coconut Trees.” She kept the title as a reminder of the childhood whimsy and freedom that is part of a creative life.

I read the book today while on a van traveling to an appointment. It’s a quick read, about 160 pages. The whole time I was reading, I was kicking myself for not bringing a pen and paper (no matter that I can’t write on a moving vehicle!) because all I wanted to do was WRITE! It was one thing to read about her writing, but this book made me want to write myself!

There was no “how-to,” right-brain skills teaching in this book, and that was okay. It didn’t bother me one bit. The prompts she used were effective in diving deep. She talked about writing as service and the guilt she felt sometimes because she wasn’t out doing something more CONCRETE to make the world a better place when she was writing. (Her day job gives her an opportunity to do that.)

Right now there’s a Goodreads giveaway of 20 copies of this book. It will last for about 3 more hours. Go sign up. Mine was a review copy I requested after not winning a giveaway, but I found it for Kindle for only $2.99. It’s gone up since then to $6.99, but still worth every penny of it.

That’s all the books I think should be on your list.


About lana1967

I'm a Southern girl at heart who wants to build a community of people who believe they can change the world with words like "love" and "freedom" when they become more than words, but actions in our work and our daily lives.
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