October 17, 2012

One of my internet friends, Pauline Gaines of the Perils of Divorced Pauline, runs a regular series of posts called “Blogger Space” in which authors send in a photo of their workplace and write about it. And I follow author Jessica Speart on Facebook and Goodreads. She writes a fun series of mystery novels (nine…

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…

August 2, 2012

Sumner Glimcher is quite a guy. I first met him at the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut, where he was telling people about his new eBook memoir A Filmmaker’s Journal. I read it recently on my Kindle Fire, and it was astonishing for several reasons. First, Sumner’s career has taken many twists and turns. Starting…

July 16, 2012

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a writer-in-residence. Artists-in-residence seem like a logical idea: you get your artist, sit them down and get them to paint what they see. Writers-in-residence at universities or other intellectual establishments seem logical too. It’s when I hear about writers-in-residence at the Savoy Hotel, London Heathrow airport and…

July 8, 2012

There’s a new short fiction app called Wattpad and the website that invented it has 9 million followers. Surprised? I was, because I’d never heard of it. So I signed up to take a look. Readers describe themselves as an eBook community, but the interesting thing is that many of them are writers too. You…

June 21, 2012

A witty student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Jessie Gaynor, has written/drawn a fun article called Drunk Texts from Famous Authors for the generally rather staid Paris Review. Here’s the first one: June 18, 2012 | by Jessie Gaynor Check out the rest at The Paris Review‘s blog here.

May 29, 2012

I was lucky enough to meet Charlotte Rogan the other night at an event hosted by Write Yourself Free, in Westport, CT. Charlotte is a local resident, and kindly spent a couple of hours talking to local writers and fans about her recently published book, The Lifeboat, described by Sam Tanenhaus of the New York…