• Books,  Books Reviews,  Writing

    Best Books of 2016 Compilation

    Maybe 2016 was an all-out Dumpster Fire for you. Maybe it wasn’t. Either way, you probably missed some great books as the months sped by. I have compiled a resource list to help you choose your next book (a best book) before 2017 takes over and you have to keep up with those. I have broken them into some categories to make it easier to peruse. Perhaps you like Award winners. Committees form, discuss, celebrate a winner. Man Booker Award winners are usually great books for me because they are often quirky. However, they do not allow Americans to enter, so if you want an American experience, go instead with…

  • Lifestyle,  Writing

    Brain Input

    There are so many methods to entertain ourselves these days, so much so that I wonder how over-stimulated I actually am. When I begin a new story that I am unsure of how it will unfold, I try to surround myself with topics that relate to the experience I’m trying to portray, or the questions I am hoping to ask. But with so much media, it isn’t just books that I use as brain input. One of the ways I have taken to expanding my world is listening to podcasts. Since I’ve been home long enough to restart my long walks, I’ve been catching up on my extensive list. Perhaps…

  • Books,  Books Reviews,  Inspiration,  Lifestyle,  poetry,  Writing

    Problem

    I hear the first step is to admit you have a problem. Therefore: I have a problem. See, it wasn’t my fault. I had to go to Charleston yesterday–not my fault–and we had a bunch of time to kill, so I said, all casual-like, “How about we go to this Used Bookstore?” And my friends were all like, “Cool.” BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW. We went to a coffee shop first, which was good. Who wants to be without caffeine in a bookstore? No one worth knowing, that’s who. So we went to Blue Bicycle Books–new and used. I peruse the shelves, putting down copy after copy of books I had…

  • Books,  Lifestyle,  Writing

    Things Are Out of Hand: To Goal or Not to Goal

    Most of what we read in the news and blogosphere in January is goal-related.  New Year’s Resolutions, the backlash of resolutions, reasons why we are stupid to either make them in the first place, or to deride the goal-setting experience. I am a chronic goal-setter.  I like goals, because I like that smug satisfaction I get when I cross the item off my list.  For instance, I submitted a short story today. I think it is a long-shot, but it pays, and I set a goal to submit this story three times by the end of March.  I make an untidy hashmark on my calendar, as if I were a…

  • Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    Things Which Seem Like A Good Idea At The Time

    1. Keeping a bowl of chocolate chips at my desk while I write. (My cat must have eaten them, because they are flat out gone. Like, disappeared gone.) 2. Trying to connect my Pinterest page to this website. (Impossible) 3. Home renovations. (#diy only ends in dust in your nostrils and popcorn ceiling in your hair.) 4. Asking everyone for a booklist. (That got out of hand quickly.) 5.  Savannah. In August. (Few things are worse.) 6. Telling people you are a writer. (They always ask the same thing. That’s why I stopped saying it years ago. I now say, if I am not too tired to think, “I like…

  • Books

    Thoughts on E-Readers vs. Books

    Thoughts on E-reading versus paper-and-glue books: the short version. Pros of the e-Reader phenomenon: I have a ton of books with me, and it is only a pound.  Great for traveling, if you read as much as me.  Lots of free and discounted books, including the service called Oyster, which bills itself as the “Netflix for books.”  (I do subscribe, and I admit that I read things on there that I would never, ever buy, so it is definitely a beneficial service for those of us who might need to expand our horizons. Also, with the online self-publishing, there are so many more writers who are writing, and can develop…

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