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Is It Harder to Be Transported By a Book As You Get Older?

The Sunday Bookends asked this question on June 9, 2016. Both writers answer yes, but for different reasons. Me, I also would say yes. I think it is harder to find books you love – truly, deeply love – as you get older. Maybe that’s because you get more cynical as you get older. Maybe… Continue reading Is It Harder to Be Transported By a Book As You Get Older?

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Election Campaign of 2016: Goodbye

This year’s election is over and I am glad. Not that I am happy with the results – and really, no matter who won, I was always going to be a bit disappointed, because the whole election was disappointing – but it is over. And good riddance. At least it is over. I look forward… Continue reading Election Campaign of 2016: Goodbye

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What is a writing beat?

I mean, in writing a short story or a novel. What is a beat? I first heard the phrase on Writing Excuses, and I have since heard it in a few other places.  Even though Writing Excuses was where I first heard this term, I don’t think they actually define it in any podcast. Anyway,… Continue reading What is a writing beat?

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On Genre and Shelving

This week I went to a library that did not have a separate science fiction shelf. (Or a separate mystery shelf.)  Instead the library put science fiction sticker on the spine and shelved the books in alphabetical order by last name. I was displeased by this arrangement. I wanted all the science fiction books in… Continue reading On Genre and Shelving

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Teaser Tuesday: Sustenance

My next read! Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t… Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: Sustenance

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Unique words in Left Hand of Darkness

I am still reading The Left Hand of Darkness.  This book has used three words: phlegmatic, obdurate, pertincious. I am a bit awed. I hardly see these words used even once in novels, and this book not only uses them, it uses them all in one sentence. In one sentence. It is awesome. I have… Continue reading Unique words in Left Hand of Darkness

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Teaser Tuesday: The Left Hand of Darkness

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much… Continue reading Teaser Tuesday: The Left Hand of Darkness