Late, late, late accountability

You might think that by not posting a Tuesday Post of Accountability on Tuesday indicates that I was somehow slacking off. And you might think, because I'm posting an accountability post on a Thursday, that I am somehow trying to justify said slacking off.To this I say: Nuh-uh. 1. I have written short story words.... Continue Reading →

More Reading, Less Reading: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

So, I'm tired of reading. That didn't take long. Finished Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman and Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella. At this pace, I will not hit anything except burnout. Plus, I wanna write. And this whole reading thing gets in the way. So I'm gonna write. I've got some short stories to rough-draft... Continue Reading →

Survey Says!: An Article of Awesomeness from The Paris Review

I'm starting to love Twitter like no other. If you follow the right people, you find some really fascinating material, like this article by Sarah Funke Butler from The Paris Review. The rundown: A sixteen year old student wrote a 'survey' on symbolism and sent it out to 150 well-known authors (like our very own... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Post of Accountability.

I am not accountable.I am reading. Four books down so far in JenRidReadMo: Anatomy of Motive by John Douglas; The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta; The Barracks Thief by Tobias Wolff; and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre.Yes, I'm behind.

Random Post of Awesome: Braggin’ on a Buddy!: Ajay Ramachandran Poetry Published by Midtown

Great news! My buddy Ajay Ramachandran, who comments early and often on anything Virginia Woolf or P.G. Wodehouse (our very special mentors from earlier this year), has had a a wonderful poem publish by Midtown: A Journal of Writing and Fine Arts. "Achebe to Zwiren"Please go check it out - it's well worth it. Bookophiles... Continue Reading →

Time to clear the stack:JenRidReadMo

Last month, as you guys know, was National Novel Writing Month. Millions of writers across the country set pen to paper/fingers to keyboard in order to write an entire novel in a month. Which is a crazy idea, when you get right down to it.Partly to recover from this last bout of ridiculousness, and partly... Continue Reading →

Winning the Newbery Medal: What Does it Take?

Newbery Medal winners are generally destined for a long shelf life, heaps of attention from libraries, teachers, and parents, and are often deserving of the lauds and acclaims. What does it take to write a Newbery Medal winner?Well, you can take a peek at the criteria here. But I’m also going to break down said... Continue Reading →

Thursday Reviews!: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (A Mentor Review!)

The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanMy rating: 4 of 5 starsBritish authors must have some kind of secret to writing scrappy orphan stories.Not being opposed to books that start with a creepy man breaking into a house, murdering the family who lives there, and being thwarted by an infant and his ghost protectors...I thought this... Continue Reading →

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