The Half Year Book Report (#5)

Here are the books I finished from January 1 through June 30 2019. Of particular note is that I just discovered Curtis Sittenfeld and clearly enjoy her work, since I read two of her books this period and am in the middle of a third. And then got to meet her at LitFest, along with … Continue reading The Half Year Book Report (#5)

The Novel: Which Critiques (Don’t) Matter

I now have a complete manuscript of my debut novel, a contemporary young adult story. Complete, of course, means that I still have another full edit to do over the summer...and then probably another one after I start to query in the fall. My first task is to incorporate the remaining comments I have from … Continue reading The Novel: Which Critiques (Don’t) Matter

Check in Time: The Year of Austerity

Remember my New Year's Resolution to stop buying things? Well, since I started my resolution on November 26, I've reached the halfway point. Hurray! Let's see how I've done. Here are the forbidden purchases (in no particular order). The original assessment is in italics and the update is in red. Books. I have 52 unread … Continue reading Check in Time: The Year of Austerity

Flash Fiction: Eight

It’s 7:40. Turn left onto the dead end street and rumble over the pitted lot, stopping the car more or less between two faded lines. Open the advertisement-plastered doors and enter the arcade from the north. Walk to the south end. Seven people already wait, but not in a line, except for the father and … Continue reading Flash Fiction: Eight

Say What? Edition 1: Obscure Language Rules, Difficult Pronunciation, and a Collision of Language and Graphic Design

I’m way ahead of the curve in my understanding of some language rules. I took a trip down memory lane last month when this incredibly complex language rule no one knows! became a national obsession for a few days. But I knew it! I was teaching it to my English language learners in Russia 14 … Continue reading Say What? Edition 1: Obscure Language Rules, Difficult Pronunciation, and a Collision of Language and Graphic Design

The Half Year Book Report (#2)

January through June 2016   Title: Good Christian Bitches Author: Kim Gaitlin Date Finished: 1/9 Finished: Yes Format: Paperback Ranking Out of 10: 3 Notes: I’m so embarrassed that this is the first book on my list this year, although I was reading a few others simultaneously, which you can probably figure from the dates … Continue reading The Half Year Book Report (#2)

Lit Fest 2015 – Exercise 2

It’s the Fourth of July in rural Western New York. The family is gathered at the grandparents’ house, the house the mother grew up in, only a mile down the road from their own. Both grandparents are still alive, although the grandfather won’t be much longer. The family doesn’t know this yet, but they are … Continue reading Lit Fest 2015 – Exercise 2