Book Review: Irresistible Kidlit Writing Manual
Last month, I devoted a large chunk of my reading time to one book, a writing craft book called Writing Irresistible Kidlit by editor and former literary agent Mary Kole.
November is Global Frenzied Writing Month
Something strange happens on planet Earth in November. A literary fever of plague proportions infects the world’s bookworm population. It’s a writing pandemic I’m dubbing Global Frenzied Writing Fever.
Four Simple Creativity Sparks for Writers
Four simple things writers can do to refresh their creativity. The best part is all four things are fun!
A Brand-New, Dog-Shaped Hole
“Dog’s lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” –Agnes Sligh Turnbull There’s a brand new, knackwurst-shaped hole in the Steggy family where our lumpy old Staffy used to fit. Lucy, our beloved canine support staff of 14 years, reached the end of the line last night. She was struggling too hard, and her demise was becoming…
Top 5 Unforgettable Mothers in Literature
When I saw Random House AU's blog post, The Top 5 Best Mothers in Literature, I quickly tried to compile my own list before I read the article. Sad to say, the first mother characters who came to mind were of the wicked step-, absent/dead, and dysfunctional, mommy-dearest types. How weird that mothers are so…
Why Audio Books Are Awesome
Here are my 3 reasons why audio books are awesome: One: The Performance Factor Adding audio books to my repertoire has only enriched my reading life. The performance almost always enhances my enjoyment of the book. Check out two of my favourites, the Amelia Peabody mystery series, which feature Barbara Rosenblat’s hilarious vocal characterisations and…
The Peculiar Joys of Book Stalking
I’m not a big shopper. I know some people are energised by it. Not me. Maybe I’d like it more if I could zip through malls on a suped-up Segway, but as it stands, shopping sucks the joy out of my marrow. Unless we’re talking about book shopping. Now there’s a blood-pumping, spirit-lifting outing if…