Getting Back to Reading for Fun

I’ve heard adults from all walks of life say “I’d like to get back to reading, but…” Their reasons for wanting to read again (and for not reading now) vary, but here are a few common ones: Time; not enough time! I...

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The Devil to Pay in a Book About Trees

This month, a book about trees took me to the high seas and the origin of a couple of phrases I’ve heard and, honestly, never wondered about until I was offered explanations. If you’re coming up short on a job,...

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Free Writing Course – And really, it’s a good one!

I’ve been waiting for this week for two years. There are few things more wonderful than free instruction, and one of those things is free quality instruction. During the summer of 2015, I took a chance on a couple of writing...

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Learning the Business of Writing

I spent four years at an accredited university earning a degree in creative writing. Not a single class of those eight semesters involved publishing, marketing, or the entertainment industry. I do think that’s a major issue that the school has at...

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Yes, I’d like a chicken calendar and some history on the side

We’re a long way off from when most people buy calendars, going by the time this will be published, so this may seem an odd topic. I tried writing timely posts and it only works part of the time. I...

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Writing Ghost Stories for Young Audiences

I came on this monthly theme by an accident of breaking my book budget in March. And let me just say, March feels like two years ago. But I covered this in a previous post, so you can hop...

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Woodcarving – Trying something new but with knives

This year, on my birthday, I tagged along with my dad to a carving show held in our city convention center. Craft shows tend to have a particular layout, and if they don’t have a common design, they at least...

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Bookish Pet Peeves

Pictures of full bookshelves make me happy. I think that’s generally true of most book lovers. I’ve been hearing some opinionated book people on social media looking to validate their bookish pet peeves. Here are a few examples, though I don't...

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Track Your Work, Grow Your Words

Writing, as a hobby, art, and profession, tends to wear dysfunction like a badge of honor. I don’t think it should. And neither should reading, come to think of it. Writers looking to improve productivity are a favorite target for...

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Is Your Book Budget in the Red?

There are few things I like more than an indie bookstore. I love their character, the atmosphere, usually I love the staff, and it’s always fun to browse the not-book things there too. For the privilege of having such a...

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