Month: March 2018

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Writing Has a Learning Curve, Just Like Any Skill

Learning Curve

This week I went to visit a new writer’s group. Quite a few people there were lamenting their latest rejections (as all writers do), but one person’s complaint really struck me. “The rejection said my writing didn’t show the required skill for publication. How can it not? I’ve been writing all of my life. No …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

The Omnivorous Reader: A Species in Danger of Extinction?

Omnivorous Reader

When people ask me for a reading recommendation, which is pretty often, I’ve learned to begin with the question, “What do you want to read?” I used to just start reeling titles off the top of my head. Books I’d recently finished and enjoyed, classics, and things I thought might match the person’s hobbies or …

Benefits of Play

The Day the Toys Died (An Obituary for Toys R Us and Play)

Toys R Us

Over the past few months, I’ve been watching the declining fortunes of Toys R Us. Well, really I’ve been watching for years. The chain has been in trouble since a leveraged buyout saddled it with billions in debt – money it couldn’t recoup through declining sales. The bloodletting worsened in recent months with Toys R …

Books, Reading, & Libraries, Film & TV, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, News, Updates & Happenings

What I’m Up to This Week: 03/16/18

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Man, the last of winter is flying by. We actually got a little snow this week. Snow is rare here even in the dead of winter. Even less so in March. Still it was neat to see, even if it didn’t stick around long or amount to enough to build a decent snowman. Much of …