Goodreads review: Children of God

Children of God by Mary Doria Russell My rating: 4 of 5 stars A solid sequel to a phenomenal first book. I waited 8 years to read this one because Continue ReadingGoodreads review: Children of God

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Casting Characters

One of the characters in my novel A NOTE OF SCANDAL is a dwarf. You might be forgiven for thinking I was inspired by Tyrion Lannister in George RR Martin’s Continue ReadingCasting Characters

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Thanks, Jean Craighead George

I discovered yesterday that the author of one of my favorite books in childhood had been a reporter for the very paper I read every day, The Washington Post. Sadly, Continue ReadingThanks, Jean Craighead George

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Newspapers in the Regency

You might wonder at the idea of a newspaper publisher being the hero of a regency-set novel, but once I learned of John Walter II and what he did, I Continue ReadingNewspapers in the Regency

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Poets wanted

The Dana Foundation is holding a contest and wants you to be a part of it. Send original brain-related poems to poetry@dana.org by Tuesday, March 15. As with many things Continue ReadingPoets wanted

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Writing Resolutions for 2011

This year, I will: • write consistently more than 50 hours per month (12-15 hrs/wk) • spend 2 hours or more every week marketing my work • write 3 or Continue ReadingWriting Resolutions for 2011

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Writing Successes 2010

This past year, I: • spent 543 hours writing (not web-surfing or sitting, but writing) • spent 108 hours doing volunteer work • saw some of my neuroscience reporting reprinted Continue ReadingWriting Successes 2010

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G. Helen, R.I.P.

My maternal grandmother died earlier this week, only days after her 103rd birthday. She was a long-distance grandma, but reliable, and she loved sending and receiving letters, which meant I Continue ReadingG. Helen, R.I.P.

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Second draft hurtles into view

So, after a sluggish start and some mild howling about the first draft of my Manchester story, I managed to build a weekend’s-full of space to get down to reorganizing Continue ReadingSecond draft hurtles into view

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How the reading is going

So, book club started the year with FIFTH BUSINESS, by Robertson Davies, this first of his Deptford trilogy. I read it in two days, enjoying the flawed narrator and the Continue ReadingHow the reading is going

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