Is Ta-Nehisi Coates' New Book 'Between the World and Me' Bleak and Hopeless?

Is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new book, Between the World and Me,  styled as a letter to his 15-year-old son Samori, the opposite of the song that has become somewhat of a rallying cry at some Black Lives Matter movement events, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”? ...more

Just Between Us by Hayley Oakes


Camp NaNoWriMo July Wrap-up

Camp NaNoWriMo, July edition is officially over. Doing NaNoWriMo over this spring and summer has been such an amazing experience that I am feeling melancholy already about it being over. There's just something about it that is fun, exciting, motivating, and intensely satisfying. For one last time this year, I will wrap-up my NaNoWriMo experience, and then it won't be around again until April of next year. ...more

Is It A Good Read?

 Is it a good read?  That is what we want to know when we read a book review.  We also inherently want to know whether the book will add meaning to our lives or is it a great escape from our lives.  Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte does both.  She has combined the scholarly with the narrative. ...more

A Lesson in Reading

I learned to read  because of envy.  Some little girl in my pre-kindergarten class walked in one day, waving a Little Golden book like it was a fan. During show-and-tell she read aloud to the class and the teachers all went nuts.  How smart she was, how sweet she was and wasn't she wonderful to entertain the other children?  Phooey. A blonde show-off in a pinafore is what she was and I wasn't interested in being her audience....more

The Fine Art of Self-Sabotage

Today’s required reading: Rachelle Gardner’s “7 Bad Habits of Successful Authors.” Excellent stuff throughout, but one that resonates with me is 5: Insecure.From the post:...more

Talking Time Travel Books

"My favorite genre? Hmmm...."Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission....more

Learning About the Civil War: An Audio Production Review

We were recently given the opportunity to review the audio production With Lee in Virginia by ...more

The Write Spot, with Author Fran McNabb

Welcome to the second edition of The Write Spot, a bi-weekly author series spotlighting the many and varied places where writers write. ...more

Talking Self-Publishing with 'Angels, Angels, Everywhere' Michelle Beber

Self-publishing.  The very word might conjure up eebie jeebies amongst writers.  But, self-publishing has come a long way.  I asked Michelle Beber, author of the children's book, Angels, Angels, Everywhere, her thoughts on self-publishing and if she had any tips to help the journey a little easier if you decide to self-publish your own book. Thank you for this interview, Michelle. You self-published your latest book, Angels, Angels, Everywhere.  Would you please tell us why you chose the self-publishing route? ...more