Just a quick post to say thank you and goodbye to one of the people who helped me develop a love of books and reading. Although you may not know who he is just from his name, Mr. Robinson had a huge impact on getting young people to read here in the U.S. For nearly… Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Dick Robinson [Books]
I feel like it’s becoming more complicated to write about reading. It used to be that if I wanted to read a story, I’d pick up a paperback or hardback book and dig in. Afterwards, I could tell people I read an amazing book (or sometimes not so amazing). It was cut and dried. Recently,… Continue reading Writing About Reading is Complicated [Books]
This is the third book by Haruki Murakami that I’ve read, the first two being The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I thoroughly enjoyed those stories, a mix of reality and existential imagery, very similar to the magic-realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (who is also one of my… Continue reading Book Review – Norwegian Wood
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a good fantasy book series. The problem is that too many of them follow overly-familiar tropes. There’s the orphan who finds out they are actually royalty and must retake the throne. Or there’s the ancient evil that is returning and a plucky group of misfits have to learn… Continue reading Book Review – A Quiet Rebellion: Posterity
I’m always surprised when I hear writers discussing word counts. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional humble brag. I’m guilty of that, especially when I pound out 2,000 words in a couple of hours. It’s akin to running a marathon, and if runners can brag, then so can writers. Luckily, I’ve never pulled a hamstring… Continue reading Does Word Count Matter?
So here's a fun fact for you - I've never listened to an audiobook. Ever. Weird, right? But I can't make that claim any longer, not after enjoying Kelly Miller's Accusing Mr. Darcy. I'll also admit that I'm a fan of classic literature. I still have copies of the Norton Anthology of British Literature and… Continue reading Review – Accusing Mr. Darcy
Rejection has always been a mainstay of the writing life (and in many cases, my personal life). Well, at least it used to be. Nowadays, with the ability to self-publish, the only thing writers have to worry about is selling their stories on the multitude of online platforms. But it wasn't always this way. When… Continue reading My History of Rejection
I'm off to a late start on my 2021 reading due to unforeseen circumstances, but I'm ready to crack some spines and enjoy being swept away into deep space, magical realms, and exposed to new ideas. After the last year or so, I'm in desperate need for a little escape from reality. I actually have… Continue reading My 2021 Reading List
Back in the late 1980s, I saw a film titled, The Name of the Rose, and thought it was fantastic. It starred Sean Connery and Christian Slater, and told the story of murder, intrigue, and forbidden books in a medieval monastery. Connery's character, William of Baskerville, was a sort of a Sherlock Holmes in that… Continue reading Review – The Name of the Rose
I was recently asked to write a guest post for the website, Originality by Design, and was told to write about something that was important to me. So obviously, I chose to write about creativity. Please give it a read and let me know what you think. I'll respond to comments on both sites.