Photo Credit: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen in Trouville-sur-Mer (Normandy, France), taken 26 January 1988 by Roland Godefroy: Teddyyy/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0 “If words are the arrow, we ourselves — our interior landscapes, our outward actions, the authenticity of our lives — are the bow.” (Popova, par. 1) As many of my blog readers know, I … Continue reading The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data
Photo Credit: The Blue Veil by Edmond Tarbell, oil painting, 1898: freeparking/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 “The creative personality never remains fixed on the first world it discovers. It never resigns itself to anything ... “ (Nin, location 3587) I love this quote from Nin because it’s so true of many creative people. The nature of creativity … Continue reading First Worlds: Writing and Blogging in New Directions
Photo Credit: Book, phone, and computer in chains, created and uploaded on 24 January 2015 by stevepb: stevepb/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 “I had to let go … then come back to the [book] understanding the new limitations as creative challenges.” (Tea, par. 4) I came across an interview with West Coast writer Michelle Tea quite some time … Continue reading Creative Limitations
Not exactly the Mom and Dad you would picture for the traditional (and fabled) nuclear family, is it? Photo Credit: A Grotesque Couple: Old Woman with an Elaborate Headdress and Old Man with Large Ears and Lacking a Chin, 1491 or 93 – 1570, Giovanni Francesco Melzi, pen and brown ink, Metropolitan Museum of … Continue reading Unlikely Pairings: Grotesque Domestic Fiction
Photo Credit: Books on the shelf of an Amazon bookstore with all the covers facing front, location unknown, uploaded 21 March 2016 by Brian Chow: bchow/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 “[Literary and commercial fiction are] serve different purposes in our society.” (Levin, par. 2) When I first discovered writing at the age of fourteen, I didn’t read … Continue reading Literary vs. Commercial Fiction – Better or Different?
Photo Credit: Book trash, taken 7 October 2017 by Paul Sableman: Meisam/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0 “[S]ome authors grow to dislike, disown, resent, or regret their books after publication—whether because of an unexpected critical or popular response, changes in their own views, or simple aging.” (Temple, par. 1) The idea that an author might hate a book … Continue reading Unhappy Accidents: Why Writers Hate Their Own Work
Photo Credit: Steel black and white sculpture of jazz players, upcycled: Max Pixel/CC0 1.0 “The importance of rhythm [in prose] in my estimation is a measure of the difference between a live book and a dead one.” (Nin, Novel of the Future, Chap 3, location1684) Not long ago, I had an argument (well, more of … Continue reading The Jazz of the Writing World: In Defense of “Purple Prose”
****NOTE: Some people have contacted me with concerns that the entry showed no place to put their email. I asked the giveaway organizer about this and this was his response: If you came through Facebook or logged in on Rafflecopter it automatically grabs your email address. You can click the little toggle in the upper … Continue reading Be Our Valentine Giveaway!
I have a brand new giveaway for you that I hope you’ll love, especially if you’re a fan of urban fantasy and supernatural fiction. Author R.J. Blain has set up a multi-author giveaway where you could win a $200 Amazon gift card. Not only that, she has generously donated as an extra the entire series … Continue reading Witch & Wolf Series Giveaway!
Photo Credit: Bucket of champagne bottles and glasses, uploaded 19 March 2017, author unknown: Pxhere/CC0 1.0 January 19 marked my one-year publiversary as a self-published author. A year ago on that day, my first book, Gnarled Bones and Other Stories was released, officially making me a self-published author with all the excitement and anxiety that … Continue reading My 1-Year Publiversary