It's that time of year again. Time for NaNoWrimo. For those of you that don't know about NaNoWrimo (and didn't read last year's blog post about it), it is a "contest" where participants spend the month of November writing at 50,000 word novel. The focus of writing a novel in such a short period of... Continue Reading →
A Letter From Anne Lindbergh
Recently, I came across an interesting blog called Letters of Note. The premise of the blog is simple--each post is a letter deemed worthy of a larger audience than just the initial recipient. I found the blog through a tweet mentioning a post with a letter written by Charles Bukowski on censorship. Naturally, I couldn't resist as... Continue Reading →
Goodbye Borders, Hello Independent Bookstores?
With today's announcement that Borders will close the last of its 399 stores, I couldn't help but wonder, does this mean the return of independent bookstores? I can't say I'm exactly sad to see Borders go as I've always been a huge supporter of the smaller, mom-and-pop bookstores, but I do feel for the Borders... Continue Reading →
The Key to a Woman’s Heart is Through Her Library
There is nothing more wonderful than receiving a book as a gift, especially if the gift giver is someone with whom you are romantically involved (or wish you were). Romance aside, I absolutely love it when someone, anyone, gives me a book. It doesn’t even have to be for a special occasion. A book gift is... Continue Reading →
5 Literary Characters I’d Like to Make My Valentine
Happy Valentine's Day! In the spirit of the holiday, I'd like to take a moment to pay tribute to two things I love (besides the Green Bay Packers): books and attractive men. Inspired by a recent post on a literary blog I follow I read entitled, "Bangable Dudes in Literature" and my love of making... Continue Reading →
January 17th, 1991
January 17th, 1991 was not a particular day of note, however, I did come across a fascinating diary entry that I had written on that day that still surprises me. My second grade teacher had been talking to us a lot about the Gulf War and one of our school's secretaries had a son-in-law that... Continue Reading →
If Snooki Can Write and Publish a Novel, Then We All Can. No, Seriously.
Now that she is a published author, Snooki would prefer you call her by her real name, Nicole Polizzi. Wait a minute. Snooki is a published author? Excuse me, I meant to say Nicole Polizzi is a published author? Published?! That's it! If Snooki can write and publish a novel, then there is absolutely no... Continue Reading →
Don’t Write on My Facebook Wall, Lover
I can't stand it when couples use Facebook as a main source of communication. I just don't get it. We all know you love each other; after all you are in a relationship together. We know that you have inside jokes, you live together for crying out loud. We don't need to see your couples... Continue Reading →
Write a Novel? No Problem.
As you'll notice in my "NaNoWriMo 2010" tab, I have signed up to do this year's NaNoWriMo. For those of you that don't know what that is, NaNoWriMo celebrates November as National Novel Writing Month. During NaNoWrimo, participants are to write a 50,000 word novel. The goal is output, not quality. Brave participants do not go it alone as NaNoWrimo has basically arranged itself... Continue Reading →
Words, Words, Words
I read a great blog post today that touched upon the most-looked up words of the summer as defined by Merriam-Webster. One of the points the post made is that the average American doesn't know the meaning of some common words such as "despicable," "inception," and "frugal." I tweeted this post which prompted an equally great conversation on Twitter... Continue Reading →