Friday Links #30: Purell is a Fetish

Rather than give an update about my novel or recent life events, I want to tell you about the book Siracusa by Delia Ephron. I spend Wednesdays in the library, hunched over a desk, noise-canceling headphones on, polishing a scene I intend to share with my critique group later that night. Sometimes, if I’m running early, I’ll browse Read More …

Friday Links #28: Beyond Memoir

I gave a talk to the South Jersey Writer’s Group last Thursday night about my transition from wannabe travel writer to novelist. The presentation, Beyond Memoir: Let Travel Inspire Your Fiction, was a natural topic for me to wax knowledgeable on, and I was happy to see people taking notes and asking plenty of questions — Read More …

Friday Links #27: Half-Price Books

I had a problem. My car sat idling outside the waiting room as my keys were dangled in front of me on the outstretched arm of the smiling clerk at Discount Tire. The new rubber was installed and I was supposed to leave, but I hadn’t finished the book I was reading. I wasn’t close, I Read More …

RTFCP: Read the @#$&@&% Copyright Page!

Do you ever read a book’s copyright page? I bet you don’t. After all, why would you? It’s just a bunch of legalese, the publisher’s address, some odd numerical sequences that only rare book collectors care about, and maybe a boilerplate assurance that the book is a work of fiction. The latter is included so that Read More …