Book Reviews & Discussions, Self-Publishing, The Writing Life

Sleeping Among the Sea Grapes

In my move this week (amazing how less expensive it is to live riverside rather than beachside), I ran across a book that reminded me that being a writer is solely about having something to say - no matter what the subject, and no matter who you are. About a year ago, I was at… Continue reading Sleeping Among the Sea Grapes

Book Reviews & Discussions, Protagonists, Turn the Page

2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner: Simplicity @ its Best!

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout My rating: 5 of 5 stars As a writer, the most sought-after praise I would want is for my work to be called 'clever' - and Olive Kitteridge is exactly that - CLEVER! A collection of short stories that looks no further than in the windows (sometimes pulling aside the… Continue reading 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner: Simplicity @ its Best!

Book Reviews & Discussions, The Writing Life

Joining a Book Club

a n x i e t y I recently joined a local book club, and while I'm looking forward to the first meeting in a few weeks, I have a bit of anxiety, wondering if being a writer is going to make it more difficult to fit in with the group. I have moments where… Continue reading Joining a Book Club

Character Development, Oldsters

Can you keep a secret?

I've gotten several questions lately asking if I would be serializing my novel, Oldsters, here on my blog while I worked on editing my first draft. That, coupled along with a conversation I had with a friend at dinner the other night, sparked the idea for this posting. While catching each other up on our… Continue reading Can you keep a secret?

Book Reviews & Discussions, Turn the Page

Turn the Page…Summer Crossing by Truman Capote

Today I read two works of Truman Capote: One Christmas and Summer Crossing.  A day worth living. *And if you read my previous post regarding 'details', you'll see I'm not adverse to them at all. A well-turned phrase is a gift and not in the same unfortunate distinction of unnecessarily long-winded prose. Capote is a… Continue reading Turn the Page…Summer Crossing by Truman Capote

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Writing Resources, Writing workshops

It’s all in the details…or is it?

Less than 60 pages in, I am about to put We Were The Mulvaneys on my "Got Bored, Maybe Later" Goodreads shelf. Now I know this book is highly regarded, as is Oates herself. And I respect her talent, and her longevity as a writer, very much enjoyed The Falls.  But this crossroads I'm at… Continue reading It’s all in the details…or is it?

Book Reviews & Discussions, Character Development, Protagonists, Protagonists, Turn the Page

Turn the Page: Make a Scene

Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time by Jordan E. Rosenfeld My rating: 5 of 5 stars I normally try to read two books at a time, one for pleasure and one as a learning tool for my writing. Last week I finished Make a Scene by Jordan Rosenfeld, and… Continue reading Turn the Page: Make a Scene