Returning to modesty

I picked up this book the other day - bought it new! Thought it might have some pertinence in our lives of TMI, loudness, lack of privacy or respect, rape culture writ large and small. Well. It's not that the author is a nutter, exactly. I mean, she does have some good points about modesty…

Authors Beware—High Drama for Authors

Authors Beware—High Drama for Authors. Well-worth-a-read discussion about pay for publishing presses. Way to break an author's heart... And hey, join SPAWN. Work together for decent treatment. http://www.spawn.org

Don’t ever get old: review

Whew. In the first pages excerpt of this book (available online from NetGalley) so much is told, so much is started. I am awash in books to read and yet I've put this one on my "to grab soon" list. Friedman can write, powerfully, and I'm dying to see if the rest of the book…

Writing tips and tricks and techniques and all that bumpf…

I have a zillion "how to write" books. They seemingly multiply on their own in my bookshelf, but if I think my way through it, they all appear when I am feeling uncertain about my writing and feel the need for a "helpful book" to sort myself out. I buy them, maybe peek through a…

When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus knows me well. I am helpless in the face of books. I read about them and long for them - hardcovers, softcovers, and the crack of readers everywhere, ebooks. Used, library, bought. I am helpless in a library - hundreds of books and all of them free! I always come home with…

Stop me before I hurt myself….

I can't keep up!  Everywhere I look there are books books books I want to read read read! I have a stack of to-be-reads that is threatening to squash the dog, and then there are the ebooks that no one can see but me, but they are growing in piles, too.  And yet, and yet…

Winter and the feeling of impending doom

They are threatening a "snowpocalypse" today throughout North America - a huge storm spanning from Texas to Nova Scotia, throwing fistfuls of snow and spitting ice on everyone in-between. Everyone is talking in breathless tones on the weather channels, speaking of disaster warnings and the need for shelters and calling out the National Guard. On…