• Books,  News Bits,  Writing

    News Bites on Writing & Books for July 11-15, 2016

    National news this week has brought more tragedy and violence. With so much news of these events, life takes on an unhealthy emotional environment in our homes and communities. What to do? Find something positive to do in your community. Support an effort in your community to help the hungry and homeless. Volunteer at a Boys and Girls Club to help young people learn something other than hatred and prejudice. Perhaps your church is involved in neighborhood meetups and gatherings. Look for news about things you enjoy–music, books, poetry, fiction, memoirs, and more. Here are a few articles for your perusal: Wonder about the truth of proofreading? Susan DeFreitas, Collaborative…

  • Books,  News Bits,  Writing

    News Bites on Writing & Books for Week of July 4, 2016

    Currently, it seems the news is filled either with the turmoil of terrorist attacks or the cutting and sharp words of politics. Don’t lose heart! There is good news to be found. It just takes a little digging, and I’ve kept my shovel sharp. Here are some of the articles or news items I found worth reading this past week: Guy Gavriel Kay at The Lit Hub discusses the necessity, or perhaps not, for writing rules. Best check this one out. Need another word to use in place of “very?” Read 128 Words Writers Can Use Instead of “Very” with great infographic. As always, Seth Godin provided an interesting and…

  • Writing Life

    Adrift or Evolving?

      I feel adrift. Since January, following a fall, I feel adrift. Adrift as a wife, a writer, a friend, a human being. My body, in pain most days, isn’t allowed to do housework as ordained by professionals. Simple cooking is OK. No vigorous kitchen cleanup reads don’t make a huge mess while cooking. My mind won’t wrap itself around the craft of writing. Whether it’s working on my book, the blog, or book reviews, it doesn’t seem to matter. I feel mindless, wordless. My summer days are mostly inside, and little or no exercise is ordered by any of the illustrious physicians in attendance so far. Don’t even mention…

  • Books,  News Bits,  Writing

    News Bits on Writing & Books for Week of June 27, 2016

    As this past weekend reflects, we are a country of independence. Freedoms abound that others only long for. Among those freedoms are our choices to read and write based on our own thinking. With that in mind, I offer you some of what I’ve come across the last week of June in writing and publishing news. First up, a simple curiosity. Stephen King actually has quite legible handwriting. Why a curiosity? Often writers, as well as physicians, don’t have the best handwriting. Take a look. Diane Rinella talks audiobook production on Writers Helping Writers. A well-prepared post filled to the brim with good information. All writers need to read to learn…