Good as my word, I’ve been busily hard at work getting my freelance writing endeavor up and running. I’m in stage one: panicked confusion. Apparently, before you can get much of anywhere you have to brand yourself. I’ve been at work watching videos and reading articles on how a person does that, which so far… Read More The writing librarian and her work: plotting and paring
If I am asked for advice I always say, “Don’t give up the day job”, no matter what it is, because however well your first book did, however large a sum of money you may have made, one swallow does not make a summer or one successful book a long and lucrative career. -Susan… Read More Jacob’s Room is Full of Books by Susan Hill
I’ve had this argument with a friend unfamiliar with the writing process, yet interested in writing, himself: It’s not plagiairism to use another writer’s framework. Plagiarism is lifting someone else’s work verbatim, plonking it down in your own piece without attribution, pretending it’s your own. It’s not only illegal, but a moral wrong. What’s… Read More Writing: Deconstruction is the sincerest form of learning
I can tell you all about writing avoidance, ducking deadlines a specialty. Years spent working my arse off building creds lead to the point I’m at now, largely taking for granted review books still flowing in unabated, despite my sharp fall-off in actual production. Ding dong! Another package, toss it on the pile.… Read More writing sabotage: ask the master!
So much for my rumored post about my 2014 reading. As it will do, life has had its way with me, keeping me away by throwing annoyance after annoyance my way, rapid-fire. Screw you, life. Thanks for very little. In lieu of a summary of much value, I did enjoy Donna Tartt’s long awaited (and… Read More Aaaaand 2015’s in full swing
A Short Compilation on How Writers Write Geoff Dyer I always have a nap sometime between two and five in the afternoon. Beyond that, we’d have to talk about each book in turn and what stage I was at in a particular book. Which means, I suppose, that the answer is no. I find it incredibly… Read More Writers: On routine
“Why does the writing make us chase the writer? Why can’t we leave well enough alone? Why aren’t the books enough?” – Julian Barnes ** Yesterday I worked selling books on behalf of the library where I work. Our tent was set up at a local festival featuring food, drink, art and handicrafts, that sort… Read More Why can’t we leave writers alone?
It’s published, friends. My review ran while I was away traveling. All 800-ish words of it. And though I can partially attribute this gig to a tremendously long stretch of time spent givin’ it away for free: reviewing and writing and blogging and reading about reviewing and writing and blogging, I owe a huge… Read More chicago tribune review: Michael Cunningham’s ‘The Snow Queen’
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain I’m not bringing my Kindle to Ireland/Wales.… Read More A Tramp’s Abroad: What books to bring? The Literature of Ireland and Wales