This will be the biggest stretch I’ve made, sorry. Would you believe there is only one country that begins with the letter “O?” Can you guess it? I’ll give you a second…. Oman. I knew this because several of my awesome students are from there. I did not, however, know it was the only one. So I shall write to you about Canada, specifically, kind of, Ottawa Ontario, for which I feel I should receive bonus…Continue
Added by Kari Redmond on April 18, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments
In high school, I earned an A in Mr. Finn’s typing despite the fact that at the end of the year I was still using the hunt and peck method. My mother, who had worked as a secretary until my younger sister’s birth, typed all my papers starting in fourth grade through high school. When I…Continue
Book launch: The Briton and the Dane Timeline is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online book retailers. For more information, kindly visit: www.maryannbernal.com
Do you like to read and write about characters who resemble you now or look more like the person you were 20 years ago?
This question is prompted by the following from a January NYT column by Fay Weldon. In it, she says:
“Yet older women make up the bulk of the fiction market,” my [middle-aged female] student will protest. “How odd that they don’t want to read about themselves!”
“They do,” I…
I can tell you this with all honesty and a straight face. After I finished the first draft of the first novel in my four-book Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance…Continue
For The New York Observer, I wrote about The Surrender by Toni Bentley, the anal sex memoir as well as the new one woman show opening this week at Clurman Theater in midtown Manhattan starring Laura Campbell - if you go tomorrow, January 16th, there'll be a post-show talkback featuring The Marketplace author (and…Continue
Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on January 15, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments
Do you ever get a notion in your head that you’ve just got to have something? Maybe a new car or sofa. What about a big screen TV? A new house, condo…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on January 13, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
I have had great fun this week reading multiple blog posts about making resolutions, avoiding resolutions, or setting themes for the coming year. I've also read a lot of articles about the benefits or harm of setting goals-- how they can lead the way, provide inspiration or, alternately, become a painful source of…Continue
I thought I would enjoy my break from blogging more than I have. It turns out that I like the discipline of focusing once a week, the way I used to like thinking about what I would narrate for a friend with whom I had dinner once a week, wanting to entertain her with the soap opera of my life. There’s something infinitely more satisfying about the weekly rhythm―storing things up…Continue
Well, another year has come and gone. What will 2014 deliver? Continued good health or will sickness come knocking at my door, or the door of a loved one? Will the world’s economy continue to escalate into more debt? Might this be the year that Jesus calls His children home?
I always feel a bit strange at this time of year, hopeful of things to come, but weary of things yet to do. I know that I need to get into a regular exercise program. Not just my casual stroll around the…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on January 1, 2014 at 1:07pm — No Comments
Right now, a lot of people are blogging about their resolutions or goals for 2014, or recapping 2013 highlights and lessons learned. I feel like I’ve already covered a lot of lessons learned in in the last several months on this blog, since I prepared to leave DC and move to California. (If you’re new to this blog, …Continue
Added by Jenna Sauber on January 1, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments
As the New Year looms ahead, our global collective consciousness leans in the direction of new beginnings, personal improvements, and positive changes. So much pressure!
I am not usually one for New Years' Resolutions. I figure that if I choose to make changes, I don't have to wait until a special time of year to make them. There's so much hype, time to gear up, psyche yourself and anticipate the ultimate failure. (How many times have I quit smoking…Continue
Added by Dawn M. Steeves on December 31, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
It's Christmas morning, and per tradition, I'm up early-- very early-- to get cinnamon rolls started. I'd complain, but I think I'm the one who started this annual baking extravaganza over two decades ago. I don't make homemade cinnamon rolls often, so when I do, it's a treat. My son, now 23, asked me several times…Continue
Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on December 18, 2013 at 10:40am — No Comments
I don’t know why I agreed to this. I could be sitting at home on my couch, watching the ball drop. That would have been so much better. I wouldn’t have to try to keep my eyes open all night. But, instead, here I am. 2014—two hours away. Just another year.
I jab my thumb into the elevator button, watching the numbers ascend until the thirteenth floor approaches. Thirteenth floor? I don’t know why the number didn’t dawn on me before, but thinking about it now, buildings don’t have a…Continue
Added by Shari J. Ryan on December 6, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
Tomorrow night, November 26th, I'm reading at Loft 227; all the details are on Facebook and Slash's site and below. I'll have copies of The Big Book of Orgasms, which I'll be reading from, and a few other books to sell, and…Continue
Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on November 25, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments
The Book of Thoth is volume II in Paul Leone’s Vatican Vampire Hunters series. Unlike the first book, which takes place in London, this one takes place in New York City, where not only criminals and the Russian mafia but also demon vampires roam the streets, preying on the innocent.
One night, beautiful Manhattan socialite Nicole Van…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on November 12, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments
Details on all my upcoming events in Northampton, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Austin, New York and Portland, Maine are in my latest newsletter, where you'll also find a free book offer for fans of The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories. I'm being told that the December 3rd Portland, Maine workshop is selling…Continue
Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on October 26, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
Added by S. Ramos O'Briant on October 8, 2013 at 4:18pm — No Comments
How many readers still know how to finish the sentence? Or that “I’ll Have What She’s Having” found instant fame in Nora Ephron’s 1989 witty movie When Harry Met Sally? I wonder whether the editors at the New York Times assumed its readers would get the reference behind “I’ll Have What She’s Thinking”– the headline announcing the somewhat surprising and…Continue
Added by Nancy K. Miller on October 4, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments