Book Reviews & Discussions, reading, The Writing Life

Checkpoint

As I sit and write this, we have used up 212 days of the year. Usually, I commit to reading goals of 30 or more, but this year for some reason, when I set that goal in January, I wrote down 15. Only 15. With 153 days left, I'm at 18, and I thought I'd… Continue reading Checkpoint

Book Reviews & Discussions, reading, The Writing Life

Do you keep a reading journal?

I've often wanted to keep a reading notebook, but a recent obsession with buying journals has finally pushed me in that direction. Additionally, I just started reading The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, and I can't think of a better novel to start with. As a writer, I forever am jotting ideas, plots etc down… Continue reading Do you keep a reading journal?

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Protagonists, reading, The Writing Life

Some thoughts on The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

I just finished reading The Awakening, by Kate Chopin. In its brief pages, the story comforts me in a way many may find disagreeable. No matter, it is as true today as it was when written at the end of the 19th century. *If you have not read the novel, the following contains spoiler alerts.… Continue reading Some thoughts on The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, reading, The Year of Gwendolyn Presley Flowers

Did reading bring you joy this year?

I was thinking today about how people react differently to a year's end, and I decided most of us fall into one of two groups – those who are scrambling to make resolutions of what they’re going to achieve next year, and those who spend the end of the year reflecting on what has passed… Continue reading Did reading bring you joy this year?

Book Reviews & Discussions, reading, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life

Tip of the Iceberg: Five Women Writers I’ve Just Discovered

I have read hundreds of books in my 55 years, but even better than that is the long list of ones I’ve yet to open. When I have the silly thought of what I’ll miss most when I’m no longer alive (the silliest of thoughts really, right? As if we’ll have time for that!), books… Continue reading Tip of the Iceberg: Five Women Writers I’ve Just Discovered

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Self-Publishing, Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Turn the Page

Fitzgerald Resurrected

I just finished reading the newly published collection of lost stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it brought back my decades-old teenage obsession with Scott and Zelda. My younger self was taken with the tragic progression of Zelda's life, but in this book, I found a new respect for Fitzgerald as a writer and a… Continue reading Fitzgerald Resurrected

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Oldsters, Protagonists, Protagonists, Reader's Questions, The Writing Life

Reader’s Mail

Recently a reader asked me why I chose to write about a group of characters who are more than twenty years older than myself in my novel, Oldsters? “What convinced you to write the story of these elderly characters, and how did you get into the mindset of Eddie, Nick, Lila, Bette and Ray?” At… Continue reading Reader’s Mail