Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

I listened to the audio version of this masterfully written, haunting, and powerful novel. Sing, Unburied, Sing – the story, its characters, the atrocities of Mississipi’s Parchman prison – will stay with me forever. I can’t remember a more powerful image than that of the final scene in the book. For audio listeners, the narration Read More …

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I fell in love again last night (with a Wonderbook).

I received a book from Amazon last night (a real one that you hold in your hands?!?!) and immediately fell in love. (Again.) Since it is an awesome resource for writers, I will share it here:  Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction – by Jeff Vandermeer So to give you some background, I Read More …

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I’ve always had ‘companions’ on the side…

My first was back in eighty-five. I was married–a new mother at that. Ironically, my husband introduced us. It was raw, intoxicating, overwhelming. We shared stolen moments; stolen thoughts. I saw color in a world that had been black and white. It wasn’t the reason my marriage fell apart, but it certainly contributed. In ninety-two, newly Read More …

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I love to read the instructions. (There, I’ve said it.)

I love to read the instructions.  (There, I’ve said it.) My bookshelves are filled with how to’s–relationships, parenting, drawing, web design, photography, tennis, French Bull dogs–instruction books for everything. I wouldn’t trade a single one of them either; studying a subject is half the fun for me. Fiction writing (my latest passion) is no exception. The bookshelf is now Read More …

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