6 Steps to Start Your #Publishing Company & Printing Books

Have you ever wanted to have a book in print, or your own publishing company? With the self publishing revolution of the past decade, it’s now possible. This summer, I was bitten by the bug (or should I say book!) and took a slight diversion from historical fiction into the art world – though many of […]

Lack of fREADom Sucks…No More Banned #Books

21st Centuryville Sept.27th -Oct 3rd 2015 is Banned Books Week and this year I’ve been lucky to have an interview with senior librarian of 21stCenturyville, Ms. Viva Libriani. Ms.Libriani will be seen this year leading the march with her trademark chant Lack of fREADdom sucks…No More banned books! But she was not always a champion for this […]

Muse Media: Change and Junot Diaz

 Muse Media: Change and Junot Diaz #Muse Media is a series of  simple posts, looking for our muse by mixing prose with other media.  If this was in the form of a Haiku with an image, it might be called a Haiga. For the moment,  let’s enjoy the prose of some wonderful authors. “She would be a new person, she […]

Why Was Evelyn Waugh “Apalled” By His Own Work?

This is a reblog of one of Robert Bruce’s posts from his fantastic website 101Books.net which is the best book site on the web in my opinion. Why Was Evelyn Waugh “Apalled” By His Own Work? by Robert on May 7, 2015 The critics love Brideshead Revisited. As you know, it’s on the Time list–that’s why I’m reading […]

#Author in Focus: Virginia Woolf – A Life of Her Own

 Virginia Woolf – A Life of Her Own Author In Focus Bio: Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer, and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. Wikipedia Born: January 25, 1882, Kensington, United Kingdom Died: March 28, 1941, River Ouse, Sussex, United Kingdom Spouse: Leonard Woolf (m. 1912–1941) Movies: Orlando, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Golven, Simple Gifts, A Room of One’s Own Siblings: Vanessa […]

9 Famous #Authors Rejected by Publishers

I have been submitting my manuscript to agents over the past few months so I thought this was a great post to reblog from  Bridget Whelan Writer to include on my site. Enjoy. Bridget Whelan Writer 9 famous authors rejected by publishers (comfort for emerging writers) I enjoyed reading the article published by The Writers Circle website about famous […]

10 Ways to Be Creative in the Summer

Does summertime make you feel creative and want to try new things? Or do you just like to have fun in the sun? I like both, so while I’ll be posting all through the summer, I’m taking a break from blog commenting until after Labor Day. Some of you may remember this post from last […]

Barbara Kingsolver: What is the Heart of a Novel?

  Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. The novel which earned her a pulitzer prize nomination and an Oprah endorsement, was “The Poisonwood Bible”  published in 1998, and follows a missionary family in the colonial Congo.  She […]

Do You Keep A #Writer’s Notebook?

I’ve recently been taking a free online poetry class through the Iowa Writer’s workshop, and it reminded me how useful – essential even – a writer’s notebook is. After all I did name a whole website after it! What is A Writer’s Notebook? Any kind of notebook that you jot down ideas, words, stories, poems […]

Do You Want to Watch An Animated Ray Bradbury Interview?

Lisa Potts did an interview with Ray Bradbury  in 1972 and she by chance found it again in 2012. Since then, it’s been animated though the wonderful “Blank on Blank“ , in part of their PBS series. Thanks so much to Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org – one of my favourite websites BTW – for introducing me to […]