Archive for January 2015

6 Questions with Scott McCloud

6 Questions with Scott McCloud
I called him the “Tom Petty of comic arts.” Comic arts guru Scott McCloud is well-known not just for his 1999 opus, Understanding Comics, but also for his fierce protection of the work of artists, so much so, he authored of the Creators’ Bill of Rights in 1988. When I had the chance to interview... Read more »

On Writing: The Art of Perspective

I’m a writer. Well, I’m a lot of things—a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister … an accidental editor, a columnist, a blogger. I write to get paid and I write because I love. But if I sat down at my computer every time the spirit moved me, or hit “publish” every time I... Read more »

Book Review: East of Mecca

Book Review: East of Mecca
As someone who loves to read and has a stack of books a mile high, I’m the first to admit the self-published work gets shuffled to the bottom pretty quickly. It’s not for lack of interest. It’s a prioritization thing. Limited time means I read what most interests me first. That said, some of my... Read more »
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Book Review: Some Luck by Jane Smiley

Book Review: Some Luck by Jane Smiley
It’s funny how the characters in any given story suddenly feel like your kids. Such is the case with Jane Smiley’s “Some Luck“—the first in a trilogy of books about the Langdon family of Iowa, born and bred farmers. Smiley’s intent is to take readers on a journey over the course of 100 years and... Read more »

Friday Flogging: Free Raif Badawi

Friday Flogging: Free Raif Badawi
I’m a blogger. I write about books, and my kids, and the occasional social topic or two. You know what I am doing right now? Watching two very nice guys from Crate and Barrel set up my new dining room table. Raif Badawi is a blogger. He writes about the ideals of having an open... Read more »

Free Speech is Free Speech is Free Speech

It’s funny where your mind wanders on a snow day. Stuck working from home, the news comes easier (and is more distracting) than at the office. First, the horrifying news out of France about the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, leaving 12 people dead. Then, the ridiculously funny in Frederick News-Post’s editorial... Read more »
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Deep Down Dark: What the Chilean Miners Can Teach Us

Deep Down Dark: What the Chilean Miners Can Teach Us
Bitter cold making you a little stir crazy? Count your blessings. Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, by Héctor Tobar, is a breathtaking account of the two months in 2010 during which a group of miners in a desolate region... Read more »

5 Ways to Read More in 2015

5 Ways to Read More in 2015
Wish you had more time to read? There is a way. Besides quitting your job. You can resolve to read more this year. Here are 5 ways to make it happen. Easily. First, commit. Browse the bookstore and find three titles that get your attention. Go ahead and buy, download, or write them down and... Read more »

Litzy's 2014 Book Roundup

Litzy's 2014 Book Roundup
It was a good year for reading. But then again, it always is. There’s both wonder and terror when I walk into a library or a bookstore—wonder at all there is to read, and terror I will run out of time trying to get to it all. This year? I tackled 44 books—sounds like a... Read more »
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