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Monthly Archives: September 2010
This morning my family was awakened by the neighbors’ gardener, who considered it both necessary and appropriate to run a leaf blower for 35 minutes straight at a very early hour. While discussing the issue with my son over breakfast, … Continue reading
Every month, we in the United States celebrate a variety of important causes. Since I know you’re all very observant, I thought I’d bring you up to date on the things we’ll be, er, celebrating in October. (With the snark’s … Continue reading
A writer gets nowhere without words. The more, the merrier. I’ve also heard it said that a writer should never use a word in a manuscript until (s)he is comfortable using it “for real” or the word will sound forced, … Continue reading
I’ve had a couple of questions about how I select books for Friday reads. First, I only review books I would recommend. There are basically three categories: recommended, highly recommended, and Stop Everything And Read This Book Now. Almost nothing … Continue reading
Many people know that Vikings sailed extensively throughout northern Europe (and parts of southern Europe, too) during the Viking Age (roughly AD 793-1066). Viking settlements dating from the tenth century have been found in Greenland and North America. What many … Continue reading
Last Monday Kristin Nelson posted a valuable blog entry titled “White Noise” which dealt with authors’ need to know-but-ignore the overwhelming statistics regarding the query, agent acquisition and publication process. I spent some time over the past week thinking about … Continue reading
*(Calm down, it’s a book title) I don’t normally post on Saturdays (and won’t unless something particularly good goes on) but I had to shamelessly steal and re-post this link that Janet Reid posted earlier: All My Friends Are Dead. … Continue reading
This week’s offering: Blind Descent: the Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth, by James Tabor. Blind Descent follows the explorations of two supercave pioneers, American Bill Stone and Ukranian Alexander Klimchouk, as they seek to discover the deepest … Continue reading
Son and I are sitting in the living room, watching television. The program mentions the US metals market, where commodities such as steel, gold, and silver are bought and sold. At the mention of one particular word, son (who has … Continue reading