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Review: Reading Like a Writer

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Diversity, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Goodreads Amazon The most important things, I told them, were observation and consciousness. Keep your eyes open, see clearly, think about what you see, ask yourself what it means. I read this book on the recommendation of a good writing friend who suggested it as a way to improve my writing (yes, I write but I [...]

Review: Flash Fiction International

By | April 29th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Very Short Stories from Around the World Edited by: James Thomas, Robert Shapard, Christopher Merril   Amazon Goodreads I'm going to make a confession. I'm addicted. I'm absolutely addicted to reading in general, but also to flash fiction in particular. Whenever I open one of the numerous sites I follow or one of the anthologies I [...]

Flash/Short Fiction Review Series

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Flash Fiction, Publishing, Reading, Reviews, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In September, 2016, I took a flash fiction course with Writers.com under the tutelage of the esteemed poet and writer, Barbara Henning.  The very first story presented was Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway. At 1,463 words, it is considered a masterwork of short fiction.  I rewrote it to understand Hemingway's use of subtext and [...]

Guest Book Review – The Lion by Joseph Kessel

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Guest Post, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Joseph Kessel Amazon Goodreads Guest Review by Florence Lefebvre "She had the same right as any animal to experience the sacred spasm that makes the earth quiver with a wet trembling every spring." (Belle de Jour) Forget everything you know about Africa. Let the songs of the Masai warriors carry your thought to the deepest [...]

Review: On Becoming a Novelist

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, What I'm reading, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Amazon Good Reads This is not a review as much as a collection of impressions. "We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we are reading printed words on a page; we begin to see images." I'm not going to pretend to contextualize John Gardner's [...]

Review: Eight Letters to a Young Writer

By | March 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Creative, Inspiration, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Teju Cole Eight Letters to a Young Writer_ by Teju Cole "Above all else, resist the temptation to be trite." This is not a review as much as a collection of impressions. I recently went through a period of "writer's block." Nothing severe - I was burned out, having participated in one writing challenge after another [...]

Review – Palm Trees in the Snow

By | February 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Reading, Reading Challenge, Reviews, Uncategorized, What I'm reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Amazon Author's Page Amazon Goodreads Review My thoughts: Palm Trees in the Snow is a translation of the novel by the Spanish writer, Luz Gabás. The novel addresses the tensions between Spain and it's colony, Guinea, through the lives of the Rabaltué family. The scope of the novel is ambitious and I [...]

50 Romance Plot Ideas!

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Publishing, Reading, Research, Teaching, Writing|Tags: , , , , , |

This post was originally titled, “Master List of Romantic Conflicts,” but it really contains big ideas for entire plots. Of course, to write an engrossing love story–whether it… Source: 50 Romance Plot Ideas!

The Red Rising Trilogy and Lip Service Feminism | Rabbit Hole

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Diversity, Reading|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let’s get a few things out of the way first. Pierce Brown’s Red Rising and its sequel Golden Son are well-written, intelligent sci-fi. The world-building’s solid (if a bit cliche-… Source: The Red Rising Trilogy and Lip Service Feminism | Rabbit Hole

On Why I Write

By | June 17th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Creative, Guest Post, Reading, Teaching, Uncategorized, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Guest Post by Florence LeFevre I’ve wondered, over the years, about that simple question. Why do I write?   I’m an average person, with an average life, nothing out of the ordinary. Just plain me, with my family, friends, and addictions to TV Shows and salted caramel.   But still, I write.   The cliché is [...]

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