Posts in category "Books"

Donald Trump, revisionist history, and the one-star review

Last night, the kids and I watched the New Hampshire primary returns together. Yes, because I’m a terrible mother, I subjected them to Wolf Blitzer. It was great, though, because we got into a conversation about the election and who’s running for president and what kind of person would make a good president. I tried... Read more »

Writing a book is like having a baby

Writing a book is like having a baby
I listened to a podcast a few days ago where one of the ‘casters talked about how it’s been said that writing book is like having a baby. While she couldn’t speak to the second thing, she thought the analogy was off base. Well, I have had a baby (two, in fact) and I have... Read more »

Quick Writing Tip: Using the Comcast guide as a story machine

I’m working on a cute, little project right now. It’s a YA romance, straight-up. I knew I wanted to try writing a romance with dual points-of-view, but I didn’t know what the story should be. So I turned to my Comcast guide. I started working on this project in December, back when Hallmark was showing... Read more »
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I don't have much sympathy for George R.R. Martin

I don't have much sympathy for George R.R. Martin
Today George R.R. Martin announced that The Winds of Winter will not be released in time for the start of Game of Thrones‘ sixth season. For the uninitiated, The Winds of Winter is scheduled to be book number six (of seven) in the A Song of Ice and Fire series upon which Game of Thrones... Read more »

Which books did you read in 2015?

Which books did you read in 2015?
I set a Goodreads goal for myself to read thirty books in 2015. I started off the year strong, getting through about a book a week. I thought I’d hit forty to fifty. I slowed my pace over the past half-year or so and ended up reading (and finishing) thirty-six books. Looking at that number,... Read more »

7 most frequent questions a not-yet-published author hears

7 most frequent questions a not-yet-published author hears
I’m in that weird limbo between my book being sold and my book being published. When I run into friends and family members, even ones I see very frequently, I get asked a lot of the same questions. I welcome the questions, actually. 1) Writing is a very solitary thing. It’s nice when people in... Read more »
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What should I read next? I have the answer.

What should I read next? I have the answer.
I have a massive to-be-read list. I think I’ve mentioned this before. I keep a list in the reminders on my computer/phone and I just keep adding to it. For every book I finish, I’ve probably added three more. And I always tend to read the most recently added books. Because shiny! New! I also... Read more »

What's on your reading list?

What's on your reading list?
I was listening to The Readers podcast yesterday and the topic was to-be-read piles. The two hosts keep physical piles of books as their reading lists, probably because they get a lot of books sent to them. People don’t send me books to review (please do if you want to, though), and I don’t have... Read more »

Do you suffer from TEABS?

Do you suffer from TEABS?
I’d suffered from TEABS for most of my life and didn’t realize it. I never had a name for it. I thought I was the only one struggling with this affliction and I felt like I had no one to talk to. Until Forever Young Adult came along. They gave a name to how I... Read more »
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On the writing process

On the writing process
This week, our fearless ChicagoNow leader, Jimmy Greenfield, asked us to write about our writing processes. I’ve read a lot of writing books over the years, and oftentimes the author will get into the whole “process” thing. “I wake with the birds at 5:30 AM; and after my second cup of coffee, I grab my... Read more »