This morning I chanced on a blog post by a fellow mystery writer, Jess Lourey. In her post, she discusses being herself out here on the Internet, which is to say letting go of the fear of what others think of us. We fear alienating people and getting harassed for not being polite and nicey-nice.… Read More When Not Caring Is Good
Last week on The Debutante Ball we talked about books we love. That inspired our writing. That we wished we’d written. That taught us something. I chose to talk about a few books I so love to hate — meaning, my guilty pleasure reads. I received comments (from the two men who left comments–interesting, right?)… Read More Guilty Pleasures: Books I So Love to Hate
Can someone tell me what’s going on with me, myself, and my life? The chaos has been piling up — that slow python-like coiling that you don’t notice until, well, you suddenly do. This morning I had to laugh when I took stock of my nightstand situation. How did that happen? And this tells you… Read More Life’s Progress — Or Not
I’ve been meaning to analyze first sentences for awhile now. I don’t know why except that I still hear annoying writers-conference voices in my head telling me that I’ve got to hook the reader with a wowza first sentence. But, let’s think about this. By “reader” most instructors really mean agents and editors. In the real world,… Read More What’s in a First Sentence?
I like the idea of writing a fun Friday post, possibly one that’s interactive, or maybe one that contains random stuff or a weekly round-up (which were Friday memes that went around at some point). I did this for awhile. Maybe I’ll do a Friday-something again for awhile (but probably only for awhile because I’m no good with routines). I’ll call these… Read More Free-For-All Friday: Fun Bookish Meme
(Loitering at World Cup Coffee today.) This morning my book group discussed Anne Enright’s The Gathering. I like my book group. We’re a feisty, fabulous fivesome, and we discuss our reading picks before veering into the usual usual. (Cosmetics — as in wearing them at all, pros, cons — was a hot topic for two minutes.) I’m the only… Read More My Book Group | Enjoying Novels Versus Appreciating Them
(Last time I got seriously sunburned: Panama, 2004. Second degree on my feet! Don’t be fooled by the smile; I’m in pain. –> ) Never mind Memorial Day, for me, the summer season officially kicks off when I get wind of my first beach-read recommendation list. Yesterday I received my sunny signal from NPR’s “All Things Considered.” You can read more… Read More What’s on Your Summer Beach-Read List?
No deep thoughts today, so I’ll get my schizophrenic groove on with an interview… Mini-me: How you doing? Me: Wow, great interviewing skills. Mini-me: Just answer the question. Me: It took me all day to write four pages, one tortured paragraph at a time, and I’m sick again to boot. My throat’s at it; my lungs are congested; I… Read More Okay, So I’m an Addict and Other Tidbits
I promise I didn’t set up this photo of my nightstand in all its bookwormy glory. So many books, so little time to read them all! I’ve decided that 2008 is my year to shrink the ever-growing piles in half. To start with, I’ve pulled out ten books that I will read over the next few months. If worthy, I will… Read More My Current Reading List