November 18, 2012

As my regular readers know, some of my personal essays and a poem were published recently in a great little book. Great, because the writing is good, and little, because, well, it’s small. A perfect size, in fact, for a holiday gift for a hostess, mother, stocking stuffer or just for fun. (Only $8.35!) To…

November 13, 2012

I first met Alice Mattison several years ago when she was part of a panel of writers doing their best to enlighten some neophyte writers (me included) on ways to improve our writing, specifically when we had plot issues. Even when we peppered her with questions she was very approachable and so are her novels….

October 25, 2012

Sandi Kahn Shelton is the writer behind the blog for readers and writers called BooksNewHaven. author of four and a half novels (just finishing her latest) she uses the blog to promote and encourage interaction between writers and their audience, and does frequent interviews with authors, many of them in Connecticut. When she interviewed Kathy…

October 22, 2012

I always thought that my friend Pauline Gaines of the Perils of Divorced Pauline was an upright citizen. Then, she suddenly decided to confess to a secret vice – right there on her blog! I couldn’t believe my eyes. And this is all the sadder, because Pauline actually does a bit of counseling when she’s…

October 3, 2012

Sally Allen is the editor of Westport’s HamletHub  an online newspaper, and blogs about books and literature at Open Salon. She earned a PhD in English education from NYU. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. As a book-lover, a recent article got my attention right away, with it’s new and unusual ideas for…

August 19, 2012

I’m not sure where I came across Mslexia, but I’m very glad I did. It’s an online and paper quarterly magazine for women who write (but I don’t suppose they object if men care to read it too). They’re based in the UK, but their readership is global. Whether you’re published or not, there’s something…

August 8, 2012

There’s a website called Brain Pickings, a kind of repository for quirky bits of information about… well…I’ll have to let Maria Popova, whose brain child it is,  describe it: culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are….

August 3, 2012

How often have you reached the end of a novel and felt let down by the ending? If it happens to me, it can ruin the whole book. But, speaking as a writer, finding the best way to end a book can be daunting, too. Apparently Ernest Hemingway felt the same way. After many different…