Thursday, January 23, 2020

Your Guide Today: Stephen King

If you haven't read King's ON WRITING, treat yourself to a copy this year. Even if your TBR pile is already too high, I give you this useful nugget of King-ly wisdom.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Perhaps my favorite quote right now...



Zadie Smith is one smart lady. Read some of her thoughts on fighting the algorithm and (short) storytelling. Better, still, take a minute to trick yourself into getting some of your own words on the page today.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Wordy Celebration #2: On My Wish List

As we hit the midpoint of January, I'm celebrating the joy of ANTICIPATION. Here's a list of soon-to-be-released titles (and one recently published book), that I cannot wait to READ.

In the YA category, we have... a rom-com charmer from an author who began writing as a teen on Wattpad: The Upside of Falling by Alex Light; Sherri L. Smith's The Blossom and the Firefly, a powerful WWII romance between two Japanese teens; Lucky Caller, Emma Mills' witty contemporary debut featuring a radio broadcasting class; and The Kingdom of Back, a new historical fantasy by the unstoppable Marie Lu.

      

Heading over to the "grown-up" aisle, I am beyond excited for the new Emily St. John Mandel, whose Station Eleven remains on many of my top-ten lists: The Glass Hotel, coming in March. And, for those familiar with my epic carpool-Audible addiction, my next two "listens" in the queue are The Library Book by The Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean (this one actually pubbed in October, 2019) and, on the lighter side, Murder on Millionaires' Row by Erin Lindsey.

  The Library Book audiobook cover art  Murder on Millionaires' Row audiobook cover art


Monday, January 13, 2020

Be the Dragon


When it comes to creative writing, metaphors can make magic. Even though I know and use metaphors with regularity, sometimes it helps me ground myself with a nice refresher definition and some sweet examples, like the ones at Grammarly. In fact, one of my favorite go-to's for fortifying my poetry muscle is Paul Fussell's dry, green tome Poetic Meter & Poetic Form. Shaped poetry is something I'll never likely write, but reading Fussell's chapter about it often points me to a new idea for free verse. Sometimes, you just gotta write a few haikus and maybe an unpublishable sonnet and... you get it.

Today, I leave you with this quippy call-and-response by Dragonquest author Anne McCaffrey and, this advice to your writer self:  BE THE DRAGON.

Friday, January 10, 2020

T.G.I... FICTION!


This isn't my best foray into Canva quote designs but I love the sentiment and I hope you do, too. You made it to Friday. Maybe it wasn't pretty. Maybe you didn't log 1,000 words a day. But did you do the laundry, feed the family, help out a friend, get the day job done? Did you read a great book or article? Were you able to squeeze out a few paragraphs of your own here or there? Are you, regardless of character count, still dreaming?

Then count yourself a winner. 
Boat or no boat, TODAY. YOU. ROCK!