Tag Archives: Writing

The Men Who Changed The World

     March 21, 2006. Around 9am. Hey! Did you just feel that?! Feel what? That shaking! Dude! I think there was just an earthquake somewhere nearby. Well, I guess we’ll hear about it on the news tonight. That’s ten freaking hours away. I need to know NOW if there was an earthquake a hundred […]
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On Writing

As mentioned in my previous post, Reading In Crisis, my husband Mark is in the ICU. He has been in the hospital exactly 25 days now; 19 of them in Intensive Care. As you can imagine, this has turned almost everything in our lives upside-down. He obviously can not work, our three children (aged six, […]
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Counterpoint on Reviewing Bad Books – Calling a Spade a Spade

I’m going to take a break from reading to argue with my wife on the internet.  I don’t see how this could possibly go wrong. In her post “Not a Rant” on reviewing bad books, one of Gill’s key points is an early line, “I know the key to a good ‘bad’ review is constructive […]
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Armchair BEA: Authors Interactions

Who knew authors were so accessible? Since I did not venture into the world of Twitter until starting this blog, I had no idea whatsoever. Would an author ever read the reviews that I write? If they did, could I expect a reply or acknowledgement? So far, the super star celebrity authors— not so much. […]
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Armchair BEA: My Introduction

I am so excited to be participating in the Armchair BEA. Since I am unable/not allowed to head off to the actual BEA in New York City this week, I will have a blast learning and meeting new people through this fabulous online event. Now for the introduction.   1. Please tell us a little […]
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What I learned about writing from Amy Bloom 

Tonight I attended a reading with Amy Bloom at the Canadian Writing Conference at the University of BC. Ms. Bloom is an amazing oral storyteller, with a fabulous sense of humour and quick witted mind. She has written several novels; her newest, Lucky Us, will be released this summer and I am looking forward to reading it! […]
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Not a Rant

I just wrote a bad review. I haven’t done a lot of them. I know the key to a good “bad” review is constructive criticism, but what if sometimes you just want to rant? Ranting can be so freeing. However if you aren’t mindful it has the potential to alienate people, which of course I […]
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My Tear Stained Cheeks: an untrue tale

Through the closed windows I hear the muffled rumblings of trucks barreling through the nearby intersection. As I stumble out of bed to double check they are properly sealed, I watch a random minivan slam on its brakes as it wrongfully pulls into oncoming traffic; one horn blasts, and then another. I draw the heavy […]
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Props to the BookTubers of the world

I’ve been hearing about an elusive reader phenomenon called BookTube for awhile, but I did not make the time to check it out until two nights ago.  I finally decided to explore by searching for “BookTube” in the YouTube search bar, and there I found myself with hundreds of video options! I found tons of […]
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I Could Teach Someone A Thing Or Two

Wouldn’t it be fun to be an advice columnist? I just purchased Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, which is a collection of the best of the best advice given by Strayed’s once anonymous alter ego, Sugar. I purchased the book for my mom as I have heard great things about it, and the few […]
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