The positives and negatives of reviews. The expectations of readers. As an author or a reader what is the power or truth of a review?
Drop by Romancing the Pen, June 6th to find out more.
Added by Angela Austin on June 5, 2010 at 3:14pm —
TGIF..what a long week..
On Saturday I attended the 1st birthday party of my 10th grand child Adriana Jean. Just a small gathering of 100 or so of her family and friends after the party I took 4 grand daughters home with me; we made a campfire, had hot dogs, smore's and told scary stories. On Sunday they washed my car and the oldest cut the grass.
On Tuesday after a long emotional day at 4:28pm Peyton Elizabeth made her entrance into the world. 5lbs 11 oz and 18in long. She is… Continue
Added by Doreen McGettigan on June 5, 2010 at 2:00pm —
Who could possibly disagree that the best place to go to escape pre-publication book anxiety is Siberia?
It takes some long hours in the traveling seat: a 10-hour flight to Moscow, a 6-hour puddle-jumper to Irkutsk, and a five-hour, rambling, suicide-mission of a cab ride in an ancient Volga with bad shocks. At the helm was our smoke-ridden, asleep at the wheel driver, Sergei, his seat ratcheted so far forward that he would surely have a circular welt on his belly the next morning.… Continue
Added by Michelle Hoover on June 5, 2010 at 11:41am —
The latest issue of my magazine, Kings River Life, just went up. It includes the second chapter of my book, DEADLY DISCRIMINATION. Check it out at: http://kingsriverlife.com/06/05/deadly-discrimination-2/
Added by Lorie Ham on June 5, 2010 at 10:50am —
It’s no secret that my husband and I are different. Opposites attract, as we all know. But nowhere is this more apparent than in our approaches to what we do in our spare time. My husband has prepared a Powerpoint presentation on “The Origins of Life,” which he totes around with him on his laptop and extols to unsuspecting people he invites out for coffee. Charlie ponders what motivates people to do the things they do. I like to read a lot of books, but I don’t particularly want to be in a book… Continue
Added by Molly Campbell on June 5, 2010 at 10:18am —
– June 20th from Amber Quill Press. Link to web site: http://amberquillpress.com/AmberAllure/
When Kale MacDonald's beloved grandmother dies, she leaves him a letter urging him to travel to Savannah, GA to find his destiny. Kale is confronted by a strange, decadent man who appears to be stalking him. He's also confronted by a trio of rogue vampires intent on killing him. Mystery and danger collide… Continue
Added by Keta Diablo on June 5, 2010 at 9:34am —
Mark Peters' blog has fun with the "X is the Y of Z" format ... it's amazing what's out there. Read more here
Added by Karen Burgess on June 5, 2010 at 9:00am —
My weekly column today features links to a manageable list of bookstore blogs, a glimpse of Einstein's office on the day he died, images of more than 100 beautiful crop circles, the Confluence Project in the Pacific Northwest, and a site of science-related content that is constantly updated, plus a feature on a science-technology-engineering-math network for girls.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 5, 2010 at 8:35am —
Re: Dwight Garner's review of Christopher Hitchens' memoir, Hitch 22, in the NYTimes last Wednesday, June 2, 2010. Here is an excerpt:
"Hitch 22" has its share of words like "embarrassing" and "shame" and "misgiving." He is bitter about the way the Iraq war was actually conducted. And he ruefully admits he has been a less than stellar father to his own children.
"Hitch is far from downbeat, however. It is packed with people....."
If either Hitchens or the reviewer was… Continue
Added by fran schumer on June 5, 2010 at 7:56am —
oh my. I cannot seem to post a photo to my profile. I click on "Choose Photo," double click on the photo, the information appears about the photo to the right of the box, but no photo pops up. I made the photo smaller (it was less than 2 MB anyway), but still doesn't work. I'd like to join a face to a name, but would appreciate any information about what I'm doing wrong here.
Added by Ann Anderson Evans on June 5, 2010 at 7:35am —
A poem from Girl on a Bridge
is featured on Verse Daily
Added by Suzanne Frischkorn on June 5, 2010 at 6:09am —
Here is a list of my summer events. Hope you can join me. Enjoy your summer!
1) Celebrate DC Digital Capital Week with Ananda by taking her yoga and stress relief class for computers users on June 12 at 10:00 am in Malcolm X-Meridian Hill Park in DC. The class will be taught in front of the reflecting pool and waterfall located near the entrance facing 16th Street and Florida Avenue, NW. U… Continue
Added by Ananda Leeke on June 5, 2010 at 5:00am —
Fine Line Editorial now brings you weekly writing prompts, should you be in need of something to get you going or a way to pass the time that makes you feel like you're being creative.
For the writers among you in need of a spark, people who've never written in their lives and fancy giving it a go, or those of you near death by boredom with a potentially fatal case of procrastinitis, find them here at… Continue
Added by Kate Gould on June 5, 2010 at 3:30am —
“I Want to be Treated Better Than You”
When I heard that a third Golden Girl, Rue McClanahan, had passed away tears sprang to my eyes. And by tears I mean I was sobbing at Panera Bread into my cinnamon french toast bagel. As news spread the text messages, emails and Face Book wall posts of condolence came in from friends who know that I’m a hard core Golden Girls
Betty White, The Last Golden Girl Standing said, “It hurts more than I ever thought it… Continue
Added by Leighann Lord on June 4, 2010 at 10:32pm —
Yesterday, I had to make a quick trip to the mall. I knew what I wanted and where I could get it, so this was going to be a destination shopping event – no browsing or window shopping-- just in and out. I parked where I usually park and made my way inside.
I had not been to the mall in about two months (which in Donna years is a lifetime – I am trying to be more economical), so I paused when I came through the entrance doors and took a whiff of that stale mall air that I have come to… Continue
Added by Donna Cavanagh on June 4, 2010 at 6:23pm —
Last week, I was doing a story on funeral homes and the various services they offer. As you can surmise, it was a not my most uplifting piece, but hey, death happens to everyone, so you might as well know your options. I have to admit that I learned a great deal doing the research for this article including the fact that death has become the latest victim in the need for convenience for those who live the suburban lifestyle.
What gave one of my editors the idea for this article was a… Continue
Added by Donna Cavanagh on June 4, 2010 at 6:21pm —
ARE LESBIANS GOING EXTINCT? is the topic of the current issue of the feminist journal Trivia
, and it will be further discussed in the forthcoming one. Trivia is looking for contributions for part 2 of this hot topic, in Trivia # 11. Editor/founder Lise Weil explains:
"In an essay written in 1983, Nicole Brossard… Continue
Added by Renate Stendhal on June 4, 2010 at 5:42pm —
Writing's hard. All that work, all that time, all that suffering to drag your extraordinary vision out here into the material world. . .and for what? A few pennies, a few smiles, the feeling of a job well-done.
So why do we do it? Because we know something non-writer's don't
Added by Victoria Mixon on June 4, 2010 at 10:30am —
What's the difference between exposition and narrative? Is there any? Today on Victoria's Advice Column, Miss Lonelyhearts for the Word-Worn
Added by Victoria Mixon on June 4, 2010 at 10:30am —
As soon as you’ve signed a contract, or if you’re self-published, as soon as you’ve established a publication date, it’s time to get serious about promotion. On May 23, 2010, I discussed electronic promotion and this week we’ll talk about hard-copy promotion.
Business cards provide a professional image and are a valuable marketing tool. Have plenty of them printed and always have… Continue
Added by Mary E. Trimble on June 4, 2010 at 10:09am —