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

Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret AtwoodMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI 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 to read it and then he was to tell me HOW DID SHE... Continue Reading →

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 CrayonIt's robin-egg blue and hidden behind a potted plant. The boy who... Continue Reading →

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 butt-kicking you have done too!Ah, it was a glorious week of... Continue Reading →

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 in one month - a section with its own beginning middle... Continue Reading →

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 [Myracle's] book "Shine" was among the first five finalists announced live before an... Continue Reading →

Thursday Reviews: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Oryx and Crake by Margaret AtwoodMy rating: 4 of 5 stars3.5'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 a couple months ago and just now finished. The Main IdeaSnowman (known in... Continue Reading →

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 other authors who title their chapters. It's something I think we... Continue Reading →

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 four times. First, I started it at the wrong time with the wrong character.... Continue Reading →

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 that you have to know what you love:"So, even though I... Continue Reading →

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