Is it just me, or do there seem to be a lot of novels coming out about the Civil War these days? There’s a story on yahoo today about Robert Olmstead’s latest novel, called Coal Black Horse. You can read it here. Maybe its just that I am now noticing them. Until recently, they weren’t […]
Every writer gets used to dealing with rejection. It gradually gets easier. Sort of. Okay, I’m lying. Here’s a handy dandy guide on handling that I’ve put together: 1. First, you cry. As the first tear leaks from your eye to roll down your cheek, you feel like a wimp. And writers are not wimps. […]
Damn. If a 96-year-old can do it, surely I can? Read about it here.
Lost in Translation was on some random cable channel last night (its probably always on some random cable channel somewhere). Love that movie. Though I still want to know: What does Bill Murray whisper in Scarlett Johansen’s ear at the end?
A fancy name for parakeet. I think I prefer paroquet.
Elizabeth Hand is a wonderful author, her prose other-worldly and lush. Elizabeth Hand uses the word crepuscular. I love the word crepuscular. I actually associate the word with her, because I’m quite sure I first read it in one of her books. It’s the kind of word she uses a lot, with great authority. And […]
Oprah chose Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Road, for her next book club selection. And, she succeeded in convincing McCarthy to give her an interview–his second in 40 years. I’m kinda a big fan of both–though I’m more a fan of McCarthy in theory than in reality because I can’t stand to read his books. Lewis […]
My friend Sue (one of my Nashville peeps) and I have both recently started re-writing our novels. Today she emailed me and asked what I knew about first chapters. I told her one thing I know about first chapters is that they are hard–hard because a first chapter is the foundation for everything that is […]