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Looking Back, Looking Forward

  Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. – William Faulkner WRITING My greatest achievement of last year was completing my second novel, Learn Away the Indian and having it chosen as a finalist … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

Titles are a tricky thing to devise. It’s not uncommon for a writer to christen her work with one name only to have her publisher rename it later. Like an expectant parent, I have lists of possible titles for my little gestating novels.  Aptly chosen, the title can speak volumes and linger in the reader’s … Continue reading

Modern Alexandria

I’ve rhapsodized about libraries before, but the launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) on April 18 deserves independent tribute. The brainchild of countrywide scholars and librarians, the DPLA has been called the modern day library of Alexandria. The site operates as a portal through which users can access all types of media … Continue reading

Spring Awakening

Spring is here and this blog has officially awakened from hibernation! I’ve done a lot more than sleep these past months (although, let’s be honest, I did a lot of that too).  Of greatest note, I finished the first draft of my second novel. The working title is Learn Away the Indian and it comes … Continue reading

A New Year Arises

I’m back from holiday hiatus (please forgive!) and ready for a great 2013! Here are my goals for upcoming year: Writing Writing Goals are easy. That is, they’re easy to articulate.  Following through on those goals week in week out is not. But as writer Mark Lawrence says, “Few things worth having can be got … Continue reading

An Evening with Charlaine Harris

To kick off the 11th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival Charlaine Harris delivered a keynote address at the Clark County Library on November 1st. I’ve only read one of Ms. Harris’ novels, the first of her Sookie Stackhouse series, Dead Until Dark.  I didn’t like the book well enough to plow through the other 12 … Continue reading

To be Continued…

When my husband insisted upon seeing Saw VI, I knew we were in trouble. Saw I was great, the second installment okay, the rest dark vortices of wasted time and money.

Hollywood’s preference for trite, poorly-written sequels over original material has grown to sickening proportions. Why risk producing something unique when millions will line up to see Part II of an already trashy movie? Perhaps this is because audiences (myself included, I’m ashamed to say) continue to reward their cowardice.

Could something equally insidious be happening with books? Continue reading

What is it about YA?

I no longer shop the junior’s section at Macy’s. I’ve forgone Forever 21 in favor of the sale rack at Ann Taylor. I tune into HGTV instead of the CW and prefer a sleek, quiet lounge to a bumping night club.

But I still read young adult (YA) novels.

It doesn’t matter that the heroines are half my age; I love the urgency of the story lines, the untempered emotional lives of the characters, and the easily digestible themes. Continue reading

Beauty Amid the Bones

I’ve never braved a hurricane, eaten luke-warm peas and Vienna Sausages from the can, nor swallowed down the terror of teenage pregnancy. But in reading Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, I tasted just a hint of these experiences. Days later, the bittersweet flavor still coats my tongue, as it is with the best of novels. Continue reading

March Madness, Literary Style

Just a few months after we began dating, my husband said to me, “I won’t be able to spend much time with you in the upcoming weeks. It’s March Madness.”

March Madness? I didn’t even know what that was. Should I be concerned that it’s contagious?

Needless to say, the subsequent realization that I ranked below college basketball in his affections stung.

I like to think my standing with him has risen a bit since then Continue reading