Anne Tyler has done it again. The last time I wrote about her, I was in a snit. She'd killed off my favorite character halfway through the novel I was reading, and I was not happy. I'm writing this time because she's made me laugh. The book is Vinegar Girl, a retelling of Shakespeare's The … Continue reading A Is for Anne Tyler: #atozchallenge
Lester Hessenpfeffer awakens on a bath rug stuffed into the corner of a gigantic cage and stares into the open eyes of the bull mastiff. The dog wags his tail once, twice, and Lester feels his chest tighten with joy. Just before he fell asleep, he'd been preparing a speech for the dog's owners about … Continue reading Elizabeth Berg: The Last Time I Saw You
At my office/coffee shop/bookstore, sitting at the computer bar at the side of the room, laptop plugged into an outlet beneath, iced Atzec mocha against the wall where I hope it won't spill, two industrious critique partners on my right. I am scrimshanking. The spell checker says scrimshanking isn't a word. That's what it knows. … Continue reading Scrimshanking
NaNoWriMo --National Novel Writing Month--the month* in which participants vow to write a 50,000-word novel--and some of them do--began yesterday. The goal--if you want to reach 50,000 words and win NaNoWriMo (which from this point on will be called NaNo), you need to write an average of 1667 words a day. I've registered for NaNo--there's a … Continue reading No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It
Isabel did read Italian; if she had any difficulty with La Repubblica, it was with understanding the complexities of Italian politics. But that, she suspected, was the case with everybody's politics. And it was not just a linguistic difference; she could never understand how American politics worked. It appeared that the Americans went to the … Continue reading Everybody’s Politics
Creativity and imagination, unlike faith, is constantly replenished by our need to question the universe, to give it form and purpose... That's why it is so dangerous to marry the power of the church to that of government. Only corruption can result. … Continue reading Creativity and Imagination
TODAY ONLY Karleen Koen's novel THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY is on sale TODAY ONLY for $1.99. To order, go to BookBub at https://www.bookbub.com/ebook-deals/latest?page=2 But today only. Publisher's Weekly says, "Readers will be captivated." Karleen Koen has written four historical novels, teaches writing, and has worked as an editor. She lives in Houston, Texas.
When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it. Like a shiny, hard corn kernel or a riverbed … Continue reading A Finely Shaped Head
Austin Mystery Writers were in a dither over a visit by Grand Pooh-Bah Emerita this week. Gale Albright supplies the gripping details.
The members of Austin Mystery Writers were clustered at their literary haunt in the BookPeople café on Thursday morning, eagerly awaiting the arrival of famed author and Grand Poobah emerita Kaye George.
“Gosh,” I said to the group. “I hope she remembers the little people.”
However, that didn’t stop Kaye from being an active participant in AMW. She’s still a major player in the group, we’re glad to say.
Kaye George has been an inspiration to fellow writers. She fought hard to become a published author
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Author Susan Woodring's post "This Writer's Wish List: A Love Story" has been on my mind since I read it two days ago. I can't make it go away. It sticks with me because what Woodring says is true. Uncomfortably so. She says if we write because we want something--wealth, fame, a room of our … Continue reading Loving Molly
I owe A Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) another Wednesday check-in. Fortunately, I finally have something significant to report. My original goals were to sleep (get to bed before midnight, I believe); eat well (get off the white stuff, processed foods, added salt, sweeteners); and show up at critique meetings with something to … Continue reading ROW80, AMW, Dorothy, & Tallulah
"Well, then," returned my aunt… "Now, here you see young David Copperfield, and the question I put to you is, what shall I do with him?" "What shall you do with him?" said Mr. Dick, feebly, scratching his head. "Oh! Do with him?" "Yes," said my aunt, with a grave look, and her forefinger held … Continue reading “I should wash him!”
The footfall of a spider in Ramona's room had not been light enough to escape the ear of that watching lover outside. Again Alessandro's tall figure arose from the floor, turning towards Ramona's window; and now the darkness was so far softened to dusk, that the outline of his form could be seen. Ramona felt … Continue reading Excerpt
I am not devastated. Season 8 of MI5 just ended. Nuclear war between India and Pakistan was averted. The team, however, did not come out unscathed. Something bad happened to one of the characters. This time last year, I would have been in tears. But I'm calm. I have discovered the way to peaceful acceptance … Continue reading How It Ends