Writing Tips & Career Advice

Crafting a Writing Emergency Plan

Writing Emergency

There is nothing more certain in life than the fact that at some point, the poop is going to hit the fan. There will be illness (yours or a loved one), death, accidents, natural disasters, financial crises, and all manner of other life-altering events. Often these all occur together because the universe likes to crap …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Avoiding a Book Hangover

Avoiding a Book Hangover

You’ve probably heard people talk about their “book hangovers.” A book hangover arises when the book you just finished reading was so amazing that nothing else can even come close. There’s a fear of starting a new book and not giving it a reasonable chance to shine on its own. Some people wander around in a …

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Egads! She Doesn’t Have a Favorite Author

Favorite Author

One question that readers love to ask authors is, “Who is your favorite author?” Or the similar but different, “Which author has influenced you the most?” These two questions always make me clam up because I don’t have an answer. At least not one that’s likely to be as true tomorrow as it is today. …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

There’s No Shame in a DNF


The best reading advice I ever received came from my seventh grade English teacher. He said, “If you’re not into a book by page fifty, put it aside and read something else. The chances are good that if the author hasn’t captured your attention by then, he never will.” My teacher was way ahead of …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

The Joys of a Book Sale/Fair

Book Sale

My library’s annual book sale is coming up and I’m in full excitement mode. The weekend of the sale is better than Christmas as far as I’m concerned. A chance to pick through thousands of books and take them home for cheap? There’s nothing better. The book sale also brings out my nostalgic side. This …