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Writing Vision: Centering Your Saltshaker

September 28, 2015 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

I just finished reading Setting the Table by Danny Meyer. In it I found a great anecdote for writers to stay true to their writing vision. Meyer is a legendary New York City restaurateur who started Union Square Café in 1986 then Gramercy Tavern in 1994. He has followed these... read more

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Self-Help Books: We Americans Love ‘Em

July 13, 2015 8:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

I just finished Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (2013). It got me thinking about a peculiarly American phenomenon: self-help books. Ralph Waldo Emerson gets the ball rolling with these famous words from essay “Self-Reliance” in 1841: “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.... read more

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New Adult Fiction: All Eyes On Her

April 9, 2015 5:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Lately I’ve been reading New Adult fiction, mostly sports-themed romances. A recurrent feature of these stories has caught my attention. It’s the moment in the narrative when the heroine experiences “all eyes on her.” One story, featuring a college football hero, has the wildly improbable scene where the star player... read more

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Outrageous Reversals, Sex and Romance Novels

February 6, 2015 10:35 pm Published by 1 Comment

I’ve just finished Creation of the Sacred. Tracks of Biology in Early Religions by Walter Burkert, Professor of Classics at the University of Zurich, who writes: ”We must acknowledge the highly ambivalent status of sex in all human societies, with all sorts of disclaimers, secrecy, and repression, and the concomitant possibility of... read more

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Best Romance Reads: My Latest

June 9, 2014 8:14 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Here’s my slew of best romance reads. Best Romance Reads: MC Romance Jaci J The Ride (Hell’s Disciplines MC). I noticed that some of the reviewers online complained about the many spelling and grammar mistakes. They didn’t bother me. In fact, as I kept reading, I thought they were part... read more