How to Blog a Novel

The process of blogging  a book lends itself well to nonfiction. However, there are writers blogging fiction and ending up with “blovels,” or novels created based on the contents of a blog. The term “blovel” was coined by blogger Ana Marie Cox in  her novel Dog Days....more
Thanks for the article. I started blogging a YA Novel a few weeks ago. I'm five chapters in so ...more

A Very Middle Grade Summer: 10 Titles Even Adults Will Love!

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than letting my imagination run wild while I enjoy glorious summer days and evenings. There are tons of great books out there, but for some reason I still feel like my perfect summer read is an amazing Middle Grade book. Maybe it’s nostalgia for my childhood summers on Lake Champlain, sitting on the dock or the beach and doing nothing but reading. Maybe it’s the way summer always feels magical, like anything can happen....more
I *loved* Island of hte Blue Dolphins, and when I gave it to my 3rd grade son to read, I had ...more

The First Husband: Dare to Dream of a Different Life

When we first meet Annie Adams in Laura Dave's The First Husband, she has what looks to be a fabulous life. She's a travel writer who spends 200 days of the year exploring the world. When she comes home to Los Angeles, it's to her up-and-coming director boyfriend Nick and their dog. She's got all she's ever dreamed of and can hardly believe it. Then she has to go and muck it all up by watching Roman Holiday. ...more
I liked the theme of escape in this book and wrestling through whether Griffin was another ...more

Mr. Bojangles

God, how she loved that cat. She had waited so long to adopt him; visiting the pet store every week for three months, talking to him through the wire mesh, tickling his fur with her outstretched finger. Sometimes the man who worked there would let her take the orange tabby out and pet him, but she was careful not to ask too often. She didn't want to be known as a 'cat lady'. 'Cat lady' implies a certain strangeness, and she wasn't strange. At least she didn't think so. She'd asked the owner of the store to hold him until she could save up the adoption fee....more

On Writing Fiction - 100 Words x 2 + Questions

Résumé: Letters and notes, e-mail messages, newspaper articles, poetry, blog posts and comments, business proposals, promotional material, journal entries, essays, and, when this exercise is complete, 100 words. All non-fiction. I seem to have a mental block when it comes to writing fiction, and in fact have written nothing that wasn't truth (or based on truth) since creative writing assignments in high school. Ancient history. ...more

The Road Ahead

(originally posted @ My Really, Real Reality) She closed the door and glanced over at the pile of items sitting on the passenger seat beside her.  A jumble of thirteen years worth of memories.  Gripping the steering wheel tightly in both hands, she rested her forehead between them and pondered the step that had just been taken.  She had been running on auto-pilot most of the day.  Going through the usual motions and duties associated with her job.  And ...more
 @beckeyp Then I wish you nothing but the best, mi Amiga!   :)more

Finding The Truth in Fiction

When I write fiction, I look for truths not yet revealed.  Not always about deeds committed or intended,  some truths are simply revelations a character will have, often about his own soul.  Today I take specific examples from the pieces in my story collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home, to illustrate what I mean....more

A Requiem: "The Book of Jonas"

When you pick up Stephen Dau's debut novel The Book of Jonas, I urge to set aside a good chunk of time to read it. I don't say that because it's a long book or one that is is difficult to read, but because if you are anything like me, you will not appreciate life interrupting your time with this novel. I found Dau's sparse prose and Jonas's story to be utterly engrossing....more
I look forward to reading it~ I'm waiting for UPS to deliver my copy~more

Stop Telling Me What to Read!

Why the HELL do we even care what people do or do not read?" Seriously. Why is this important to so many people? It seems that at least once a month, there's some new article (50 percent of which feature Jonathan Franzen bloviating about his supposed superiority) asserting that we should read X, that we should not read Y and that "serious readers*" would most definitely should not read Z. ...more
My criteria for what books I read?  That it's well written and the story grabs me right out of ...more

Gypsy: A Fai-Re-Tale

 They say she danced from her mother’s womb. They say her first yelps were a song to the ear. They say she was born with the pulsing rhythm of her heart glowing red beneath her golden skin. ...more
Beautiful! I'm glad she found her voice again :)more