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CDs Save the Day

My car is seven years old, but because I don’t drive very much, it has only 58k miles on it. It’s a great car and will probably last forever at this rate, the one drawback being that, due to OS updates, it can no longer pair with my phone and I can’t use my iPod…

IWSG: Regrets?

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here. Question of the Month: As you look back on 2017, with all its successes and failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently? I recently posted a retrospective…

Writing Where the Heart Is

I recently had a conversation with a publisher who was interested in an older property of mine, something I wrote some seven or eight years ago. However, the book would need considerable revisions and reworking to suit them. That’s fine; I know the book isn’t publishable in its current format. (Long story, but the details…

WIPjoy #20

20. When your WIP is a movie, what would the credits sequence be like? I’m going to assume end credits here. I don’t think it’s giving too much away to say the book ends on a somber note; it’s based on Hamlet, after all. So there would be a slow fade out, and some deceptively…

WIPjoy #19

19. Your biggest daydream about this WIP’s future. I’d like this book to be my break-out hit. The one that gets me noticed, the one featured in Publisher’s Weekly, the one that gets me invited as a guest to more conferences. Of course, I hope that about every new book, so . . . “This…

We’ve Got Another One

The Guardian is batting, uh, maybe not 1.000, but the number is up there this week as they approach the subject of celebrity endorsements on books. Someone (a judge of the Man Booker Prize or something?) said such blurbs “blackmail the reader.” Do they? What do you think when you see a celebrity quote or…

Happy Birthday, Daddy

So it’s my dad’s birthday. Which for the first 50 years of his life was a perfectly good birthday to have. But on his 51st birthday, that all went to hell. It’s got to be weird, having your birthday be a national day of mourning. One of my high school friends has his birthday today,…

How Do You Build Your TBR Pile?

I’ve written about this before, but I’m wondering what makes you, as a reader and/or fellow author, pick up a book to read? There was a debate in one of the Facebook groups to which I belong—how much do reviews matter? By which was meant Amazon reviews, reviews left by general readers. Do you take…