Writing is like practicing yoga: it’s truly a practice. You work at it all the time, and you re-visit the basics of your craft on a daily basis. You might have your off days. You have other days when you’re hitting on all cylinders. Hopefully, you improve over time. If you’re like me and work … More Writing is Like Yoga: Books for Improving Craft and Career
When the economy crashed in 2008, I watched the stock market tank, careers end, and fortunes lost with a sense of deja vu. I had been through it before and come out a different person. My book, Ginger’s Reckoning, was written as self-therapy for dealing my own financial crash and destroyed career. My husband and … More Having It All, Losing It All, and Finding Redemption
For a book lover, nothing beats a really good novel you can read and savor in the space of a weekend – or even in one long sitting. I just finished reading Paulette Jiles’ News of the World. I started the book the day before yesterday, found myself seriously engaged in it, and I couldn’t … More Short, Wonderful Novels: A List of Favorite Quick Reads
It’s snowing in many parts of the country, and down here in the Smoky Mountains, most schools have closed due to illness. For many of us, it’s time to stay inside and snuggle with a really good book. I don’t know about you, but there’s a time and a place for big, fat novels spanning … More Big, Fat Novels for Snowy Days
A Review of The Bestseller Code by Jodie Archer & Matthew L. Jockers What makes one book “take off” and sell a zillion copies? If you love novels (or write them), you surely have pondered this question. But is it possible to answer the question of what makes a bestseller using science and a computer? … More Bestselling Novels – Is There an Algorithm for That?