In Summer 1995, I picked up a book in a bookstore in Keene, New Hampshire where I worked before heading home for the weekend. I was enticed by the Stephen King blurb. I lived nearly 180 miles north in North Troy, Vermont. Now, I didn’t always start books right away, but this one I was […]
I’ve had this post sitting around for six weeks or so since I last modified it. About time to publish it, right? I was talking with a friend at dinner, then realized, “Gosh, if I’d published this post, she’d already know.” I really think New Adult Romance is the killer category for indie publishing. It’s […]
Once upon a time, I thought I’d actually find new books by joining up on Goodreads and adding a handful of people whose taste I liked and — I’d find new books that way. Then my friend Kathryn, got sick (and has since died) and wasn’t reviewing as much, and hers was the only taste […]
I rarely review books for various reasons, though I do keep some notes about which ones did and didn’t work for me in various ways. However, these are more the notes of a writer than a reader and are specific to what I’m trying to work on at the time. So, with that in mind, […]
I’m sort of torn between sites these days, but for those of you who are interested in such subjects, my notes about Pantheacon can be found on my LJ.
My mother wanted one thing for her birthday: a palm tree. A very specific palm tree. She didn’t actually get it on her birthday, which fell on a Thursday, but we did get it to her shortly thereafter. A good thing, because mom was told she had cancer on her birthday. She’d put it out […]
My mother recently discovered she had cancer. It went like this: October 19, she called the Kaiser advice nurse. October 20, she had an appointment to see her Ob-Gyn. October 26 (her birthday, unfortunately), she gets the news she’s got endometrial cancer. Nov 1, she has an appointment with the gynecologic oncologist. Nov 7, she […]
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I don’t know why I hadn’t heard of Miss Snark before, but one of the coolest things a budding writer can read are the 110 reactions to cover letter and first page she’s posted. One critique I particularly liked, where the story starts with the character asleep. So many new writers start with their character […]
Somehow, the household wound up with a case of Bawls. I’m not normally one for hyper-caffeination, but I have to admit I really, really, really love the bottles themselves. I’ve always had a weakness for cobalt blue, so we have cobalt blue dishes and bowls. And now I have several mini-vases in waiting.