Dear Reader, It's been a while since I've done a book review. There's been several reasons for this. 1.) Who has time to read for fun (sometimes me and sometimes not) 2.) And then who has time to write a review 3.) So many of my friends are writers and what if I don't like … Continue reading Joe Ide’s IQ: Playing with time and character
Dear Reader, With all this COVID-19 business, let's concentrate on something else. I went to AWP this year! Association of Writers and Writing Programs for you folks who didn't know. This year it was in San Antonio and while the virus scared half the conference, I decided to go. Also my doctor said it'd be … Continue reading So…I actually did go to AWP. Let’s talk about that.
When it comes to literature women are usually stereotyped and are devoid of any depth. They are reduced to a label -- the mother, the whore, the sidekick, the virgin.
Everywhere you go and everywhere you turn, it's about COVID-19. And I don't know about you but if I wasn't on my anxiety meds, I'd be under a blanket right now.
Dear Reader, For this morning's post, I am addressing it to my fellow academics. My fellow friends in arms who have suddenly been told they will have to take their class online. And they are in panic mode. So for them, I have thoughts and ideas. Also some advice. So Reader, all of you, if … Continue reading Teaching online? Don’t panic. Seriously.
In addition to the work a writer does with setting, grit can help create the world of Noir. So for today's Noir Week post, I'm writing about grit -- the descriptions and the dialogue that give the story its heartbeat.
Dear Reader, Welcome to Noir Week! I'm so excited to do a week of introspection on one of my favorite genres to read and to write. For this week, I'll write a post each day on an aspect of noir writing. All of this leads up to my online noir writing class through WriteSpace in … Continue reading Noir Week: Starting off with the sidekicks
The femme/homme fatale, the detective, the side kick, the villain. Sprinkle in dark, moody atmosphere, a crime, the snarky voice of a lead character--and you have the ingredients of a stellar noir story.
What will your 2020 look like? Instead of working on resolutions, work on a guiding word or words that can help focus your year. Here's my process!
I love these end of year lists because I get to discover things I missed through the year. This is amplified by end of decade because for SURE I've missed something in the past 10 years.