Month: October 2011

Thursday Reviews!: Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood

Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read the first story of this book, “Murder in the Dark,” and when I was finished I turned to my husband, shoved the book in his hand, told him… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews!: Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood”

A Margaret Atwood Inspired Short

Intro: In September I participated in the Colorado Springs Writing Marathon. I’d just finished reading Atwood’s Good Bones and Simple Murders (reviewed tomorrow) and really, really wanted to try something small and twisty like the stories in that book. The following is the result: The… Continue Reading “A Margaret Atwood Inspired Short”

Twitter and the Part I Smackdown: Tuesday Post of Accountability

It’s Tuesday! And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of suffering… Continue Reading “Twitter and the Part I Smackdown: Tuesday Post of Accountability”

NaNoWriMo Prep Time!

This year, I’m doing it. Last year I did not. Last year, I didn’t even try it because I was in the middle of big project that I didn’t want to interrupt. This year, I can write an entire section of my current novel… Continue Reading “NaNoWriMo Prep Time!”

Mostly National Book Award Linkage for Your Friday!

Okay, so first, the National Book Awards were announced. Congrats to everyone who made the cut. Unfortunately, in a bungling bungle to beat all bungles, they informed super-duper Young Adult writer Lauren Myracle that she was shortlisted…and then she was asked to withdraw: “Her… Continue Reading “Mostly National Book Award Linkage for Your Friday!”

Thursday Reviews: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood My rating: 4 of 5 stars 3.5 stars…it’s a first of series and, while beautifully written (because Atwood just does that) I found that I could put the book down a little too easily. So I started it… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood”

In Related Margaret Atwood News…

Atwood’s new book on science fiction/speculative fiction In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination is out and about! For an excerpt:  From the National Post – “Margaret Atwood: Utopias in fiction and their failed real-life counterparts”

What Do Chapter Titles Reveal About Your Book (Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake)

I’m not a writer who titles her chapters – though I’ve considered it for various projects, including my WiP. J.K. Rowling titled all chapters in the Harry Potter series, Neil Gaiman titled his chapters in The Graveyard Book, and there’s a whole host of… Continue Reading “What Do Chapter Titles Reveal About Your Book (Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake)”

Reading, Writing; Writing, Reading: Tuesday Post of Accountability

The writingThere was far less actual writing this past week, and definitely more thinking about writing. Here’s what I thought: “I’m almost done with Part I! I’m almost done with Part I!” Here’s what I did: False started the last Part I chapter about… Continue Reading “Reading, Writing; Writing, Reading: Tuesday Post of Accountability”

Haruki Murakami: 1Q84 Interview

The author of Norwegian Wood has a new novel out, a nod to George Orwell’s 1984, called 1Q84. I came across this interview and he makes a lot of interesting points, about being a writer and about being a person – my favorite being… Continue Reading “Haruki Murakami: 1Q84 Interview”

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