Links for the week: Some good stuff about writing to be found out there this week, beginning with Nathan Bransford’s post: Do You Suffer from One of these Writing Maladies? It’s worth reading for the Old Spice Guy Effect/Excessive Rug-Pulling section at the end. The gem of the week: Marcus Sakey’s, How to Ensure 75% […]
Very Short Stories
Before tackling the first adult novel I remember reading, John Irving’s The World According to Garp (Modern Library) (affiliate link), the first adult fiction of any kind I remember reading was James Thurber’s short stories, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and “The Catbird Seat.” I read them because they were available, and they were […]
Weekly Roundup (10/11/09 – 10/17/09)
This week’s roundup: Blog/News Finds I got my writing start with comic books. I am fascinated by the marriage of words and pictures, and believe writers can learn so much about writing by looking at artists and listening to their take on things. I liked this short interview with Maurice Sandak. [Along the lines of […]
Weekly Roundup (10/04/09 – 10/10/09)
The week’s favorite links. Blog Finds I know people who loathe Twitter. They say it’s annoying; they say they just don’t get it. I think many of these people view it as a quicker replacement for Facebook and shy away. For me, Facebook is where I keep in touch with people I actually know. Twitter […]
Free Library of Philadelphia Stays Open
I recently posted about the Free Library of Philadelphia having to close many branches and end most of its programs. Good news! The Free Library of Philadelphia received a flood of support. Here’s a thank you from library president and director, Siobhan Reardon. There has been a lot of talk about electronic media taking over […]
Closing Libraries in the City of Brotherly Love
The first library I remember was the library inside Washington Elementary School in Mundelein, Illinois. Each week, I looked forward to walking down the hall and to the library, where I could check out anything I wanted. Some of my favorites: A series about different animals. It was fiction about wild animals (I can’t remember […]
Book Advances — How Much Money Do Writers Make?
A $100,000 book advance sounds nice, doesn’t it? That sounds like enough money to quit your day job, spend a few hours writing each day, and then using the remainder of your time talking about creative things — with creative friends — over coffee or tea the rest of the day. Right? Wrong… I recently […]
Every Other Month (A New Book)
Granted, he works with a couple co-authors, but even still–17 books in 3 years is a lot of work, even for a fulltime writer like James Patterson.