Okay, team, truth is I have an EPIC commute. Between my Seattle office, my son's middle school and my off-a-windy-road home, I spend a minimum of three hours in my car every day. What's a girl to do? It's a seven-letter answer: AUDIBLE! It's my solace, my salvation and a ton of listening fun. Beyond some terrific books, I enjoy the artistry of the readers and some impressive production values. Here's a short-list of recent LISTENS plus a few old-school paper titles I've recently enjoyed. And, a quick note: There's an obvious genre bent to what I am reading. If you think it points to the nature of my next novel, you may be right. Then again... ;) SADIE by Courtney Summers - A unique NPR podcast type format, a wonderfully twisty mystery and, of course, Summers' gorgeous writing. MURDER BY THE BOOK by Claire Harman - A compelling, well-researched account of an actual murder case in Victorian England with insights into early forensic science.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville, WA First Pages Interactive Workshop hollycupala.com stasiawardkehoe.com Are your first 250 words ready for a professional review? Are you stuck and looking for some help identifying the best start for your story? Bring the first page of your work-in-progress for this friendly, progress-focused interactive workshop led by author Holly Cupala and yours truly -- and leave with a stronger, better opening page! This workshop will be POSITIVE, ANONYMOUS (for submitting writers) and CONSTRUCTIVE. Please consider taking advantage of this exciting FREE opportunity which is usually only available within expensive writing retreats and conferences. BE BRAVE! Here's WHAT TO BRING: ONE (1) copy of the FIRST PAGE of your work-in-progress, formatted as follows: Text should be double-spaced 12 point, legible font such as Times New Roman
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Here's to a year without excuses. Write the words, hit the gym, take the class, say YES to your dreams. When you feel weary, walk. When you feel despair, write. Surprise yourself...and stop apologizing. If you find yourself too withdrawn from the world in pursuit of your writing dreams, take a breath and try again. Reach out to your friends, cherish and support them. It's all right to ask for help. Those who truly understand will still be there, will understand. Will dream with you. Here's to a year of forgiving yourself for the undone laundry and the sub-par suppers. Model for your family a person in motion, a force of will. Creativity matters. Ironing does not. Don't just admire the view -- write about it: A winter's promise, bright and blue. A blank white page, inspired, new. A gift awaits in words from you.
Book Commentary Policy: From time to time on this blog, I will comment on titles for which I have written marketing materials, or by authors I know personally. The opinions are entirely my own and I am not being compensated in any way for noting these titles. They are simply relevant to the topic I am discussing or worthy on their own merits.