This summer I attended the Willamette Writers’ Conference. Many of the writers and presenters there kept saying, “keep your day job.” There’s even a pretty good blog that I occasionally read called http://www.writerwithadayjob.com that offers tips and motivation to keep going in the face of a busy life. She also has a companion book that … Continue reading Keep Your Day Job AND Write . . . How?
During the past two weeks, I have re-entered the world of being labeled with a Greek letter and become a Beta. No, I have not rediscovered my inner sorority girl (though I can still proudly sing the Greek alphabet). I have become a Beta reader. This is the official name of someone who has the honor of … Continue reading Being a Beta
As a lover of books, bookstores, color and design, I fell in love with the following video. I have no idea how the creators did it, but it made me smile. It also reminded me of two of my favorite films Toy Story and Night at the Museum. While those focus on what happens with unsupervised toys and historical … Continue reading Books at Night
“You seriously bought a book called Hot Rocks?” my husband asked. “Yep. It looks good too!” Most every published author will tell you that you need to read, and read a lot, in order to write. I have always read a lot, but this past year it seems I’ve been reading lots of what would … Continue reading Reading for Fun
EBooks are here, and apparently they are here to stay. I have embraced the internet, digital music, my ipod, smartphones, email, blogging, texting, and all kinds of other technological advances, but I haven't yet embraced the digitized book. If the “e” stood for excellent, I might be sold, but it doesn't. It stands for electronic, … Continue reading Dragging my Feet into eBooks
I hit the 20,000 word mark on my novel this past week. This seems like a big milestone to me. I’m not sure why, but it does. To celebrate both this milestone and our country’s birthday, I took the last three days off from writing. Actually, I didn’t have much of a choice. We were … Continue reading Reading About (and not doing any) Writing
I am an avid reader, and have been my entire life. I read for the escape, the story, the characters. I am normally something of a speed reader; if a book grabs me, say “goodbye” to Amy. My children could be hungry and late for practice while I just finish “one more page.” I stay … Continue reading Literary Black Holes – Part 2