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Showing posts from June, 2015

Reading Between the Lines: Understanding vs. Agreeing

This post was prompted after reading Janet Given’s memoir, “At Home on the Kazakh Steppe”. My thoughts about the book are posted on Goodreads, Amazon and my review blog. Here however, I’m answering one of the discussion questions (at the back of the book). “How did ‘my’ experience living in another culture compare?”

Got Mad Respect & Love for My Great Daddies!

Apparently it is not only I who is fortunate enough to have a bevy of Fatherhood tales to tell. But rather than repeat myself here, here, and here (previously posted pieces on my great love for men, fathers, and my father specifically), enjoy an updated book list below of my all-time highly recommended favorite Father’s Day reads.

Books written by Fathers about Fatherhood

That Tetchy, Touchy, Testy Topic – Book Reviews

It has come to my attention that it is time to update readers and writers on my book review process... So please, find a comfy chair... because this might take more than a moment.

There are several ways to look at book reviews.

From a historical perspective book reviews were most respected when published, or blurbed by literary professionals, either inside literary publications or somewhere in/on the book (cover) itself. Almost every writer, if not e-v-e-r-y single writer, kowtowed to have a lit maven of the Boston Globe, you-name-the-best-selling-author merit, praise his or her book.

Top 5 Parts of a Book

This post was inspired, in part by my musing over myths that often discourage nonreaders from reading a book... and these page-turners I just I finished reading.

You may be familiar with the stories... being lured to books by popular consensus, a teacher, the cover, or how about this one; a reader telling you about a book he or she has read that sounds interesting, so you get the book only to come upon one more reason why you strongly dislike reading.

What Makes My Books Unique?

This is one question that every writer, particularly those seeking literary agents in pursuit of publishing traditionally, gets asked.

...the one question many writers also fawn over answering.

How do you describe your Dracula different from all those others that have been written? How is your toothache, heartache, abuse, bullying… you name it, different than the other toothaches, heartaches, abuses, bullying, and the list goes on? Do you try to come up with something that you believe hasn’t happened before? Do you try to amp up what’s already happened... to make it more eye-revealing?