The Best Books I Read in 2017

My 2017 Reading Summary Books read: 80 Five-star ratings: 10 Four-star ratings: 40 Three-star ratings: 19 Two-star, One-star, and not rated: 11 Fiction: 60 Non-fiction: 20 My Rating System I follow the Goodreads.com guidelines. A three-star rating means I liked Continue reading The Best Books I Read in 2017

The Best Books I Read in 2017

My 2017 Reading Summary Books read: 80 Five-star ratings: 10 Four-star ratings: 40 Three-star ratings: 19 Two-star, One-star, and not rated: 11 Fiction: 60 Non-fiction: 20 My Rating System I follow the Goodreads.com guidelines. A three-star rating means I liked Continue reading The Best Books I Read in 2017

Happy News, Exciting News, and Notes

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Happy News, Exciting News, and Notes

This is What Motivates Me the Most to Write (the Happy News) Exciting News I’ll be attending the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute (UWWI) conference in Madison, WI next month. That in itself is not earthshaking, although it’s a great Continue reading Happy News, Exciting News, and Notes

Deconstructing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

I rarely read bestsellers for many reasons. Mainly, I’m a slow adopter of new anything: technology, popular culture, political issues, new cars, new drugs, etc. But since Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is in my current writing genre, mystery/thriller/suspense, and had Continue reading Deconstructing “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Eva Cassidy would have been a great writer … even though she was a singer.

All art forms are connected. Creativity is the common denominator. Good art has good structure. Great art has either great structure or unique (new or groundbreaking) structure. Whether the art is visual, audio, written, spoken, tactile, or imagined, it has Continue reading Eva Cassidy would have been a great writer … even though she was a singer.

NaNoWriMo Update

15,347 words as of Nov. 9. I’m 344 words ahead of pace! I’m on track to finish and feeling good. I have to say that plotting before writing ROCKS! I can’t say enough for planning out a story before actually Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update

Book Review of “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler

I’ll make this simple. I’m a relative newcomer to writing, but have read a good-sized pile of “how-to” writing books: Stephen King, Anne Lamott, Natalie Goldberg, James Scott Bell, Donald Maas, Larry Brooks, Chris Roerden, Randy Ingermanson, Strunk and White, Continue reading Book Review of “The Writer’s Journey” by Christopher Vogler