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Why All These Books About Libraries?

Scrolling through the book offerings on various publishing sites, searching for something new to pique my interest, I've noted the abundance of novels with the word 'library' in the title. Curiosity tickled, I Googled sites that listed 388 current or recent novels with the words library or book as part of their name. (https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/164830.Books_with_Library_in_the_Title) Wow! And most of those titles sell very well with the public. I'm not surprised. The local library played an instrumental role in my personal and professional development. But I wondered [...]

By |2024-04-30T17:19:01+00:00April 30th, 2024|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does Busy Equal Better?

For reasons I'd like to think are beyond my control, I find myself very, very busy this year. Many opportunities to share my writing life with the public have dropped into my creative lap. I consider these messages from the universe, so I tend to respond in the affirmative when they appear. But is busy the way to go? For me, at this stage of my life and writing career, the answer is YES! These days a writer faces an uphill climb in publishing. The [...]

By |2024-03-03T12:22:23+00:00February 29th, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

November: JUDE WALSH

Welcome, Readers, to the November edition of my Book Nook. This month I'm featuring a woman who crafts memoir pieces guaranteed to lift the spirit and provide guidance for the weary of heart -- Jude Walsh, author of Post Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me.  Walsh is a writer and a creativity and mindset coach. With a doctorate degree in education, she is as comfortable in a classroom as she is in a lecture hall, bringing her unique perspective on life to receptive audiences. [...]

By |2023-11-01T12:08:10+00:00October 31st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Of Traveling and Time

Going on any trip is time traveling. Think about it. The car, train, plane, or bus speeds through time, carrying us forward into the future or backward into the past. Our trip to the British Isles brought this home more abruptly than ever as we journeyed from London in the now to Straford-On-Avon and into William Shakespeare's childhood home. Our odyssey took us to Glasgow, Edinborough, Belfast, Dublin, and Cardiff, treading the stones of past history and ongoing political endeavors. We ended the tour at [...]

By |2023-10-02T16:41:16+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

August Reverie

This is my August reverie... There is never a perfect time to ponder one's direction in life. After all, those chores won't do themselves. The workload won't ease up. The needs, wants, demands, and fears of the world conspire to pull us from contemplation into action. But on a hot summer night when the sky glows with sunset smiles and the fireflies ease from their day nests to grace the darkness and the bullfrog on the edge of the pond announces his dominance, I find [...]

By |2023-07-31T16:09:49+00:00July 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

A Midsummer’s Madness

Oh, how quickly the days speed by! It's already July and I'm writing like crazy...two novels completed, another in the R and D stage. Yes, writers do research and development, we just don't refer to it as such! Had the opportunity to visit the Ohio History Center to read up on Quakers in southern Ohio and their involvement with the Underground Railroad movement in the first half of the nineteenth century. What a fascinating deep dive into that period. I learned so much and still [...]

By |2023-06-30T17:58:20+00:00June 30th, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

JILLIAN DAVID

  As a member of the Central Ohio Fiction Writers, I have attended a fantastic number of presentations by published authors, but none more fun, fascinating, and full of great tips than "Fast Drafting 101" by my delightful March author Jillian David, who lives, in her own words, "near the end of the Earth with her nut of a husband and her bossy cats." A rural physician in her real-world job, award-winning author Jillian David writes quickly (thus the idea of fast-drafting!), then slowly edits [...]

By |2023-03-01T19:44:12+00:00March 1st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

Love Notes

Fab February is here, the shortest and, perhaps the dullest, of the calendar months. Except for the cultural touchstones that keep it interesting -- Valentine's Day, President's Day, National Heart Month, and the birthdays of those we hold dear. For writers like me, the month is an uninterrupted span of days to draft, revise, revisit, and polish existing work and to read and research for future endeavors. There is also, for football fans, the Super Bowl. Now, if my team isn't in it, I have [...]

By |2023-01-31T17:50:35+00:00January 31st, 2023|Essays|0 Comments

C.J. BOX

I'm thrilled to welcome New York Times best-selling author and the writer inspiration for not one but two TV series C. J. BOX to my author nook. I met him at the PrimeCrime Writers Conference in Indianapolis in October of 2022 and was immediately taken by his gracious personality and his willingness to engage with the assembly of writers. Plus, I love a great western tale, and C.J. has crafted over thirty novels, which include the Joe Pickett and the Hoyt/Dewell series as well as [...]

By |2023-01-31T18:02:19+00:00January 31st, 2023|Author of the Month|0 Comments

The Writer’s Way

Every season has a rhythm, an underlying purpose that drives the land and we who inhabit it. Take a moment to think about the rhythms you bring to each change, the cleaning and organizing, the planning and preparations. Just as the land scours itself in spring and fall, so do I. Just this week I finished the grand reorganization of my library, alphabetizing all the books shoved on top of the existing volumes and culling from the shelves those that wish to migrate to other [...]

By |2022-10-12T20:44:28+00:00September 30th, 2022|Blog, Essays|0 Comments
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