Category Archives: Novel

MINDFULNESS AND CREATIVITY

NOTE: This post was first published in February 2015. “Mindfulness” is everywhere these days, sometimes in unexpected places. My friend and photography teacher, James Martin, forwarded two excellent, short video conversations with Jay Maisel, the acclaimed photographer. What Maisel said … Continue reading

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BOOK-SHAMING

Have you ever been ashamed of a book you are reading? In an ideal world, we would not care what others may think of our book choices. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t judge others by what they are reading. … Continue reading

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YOU’RE ON MY LIST

  When I was a little kid and my mother said, “You’re on my list,” it was scary. Now I’m more likely to hear that from a restaurant hostess and it’s a relief. There are all kinds of lists: to-do … Continue reading

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BEHIND THE CURVE

I seem always to be behind the curve—whatever the curve happens to be. Take the latest fashions—please. In another couple of years, when they begin to look possibly wearable to me, they’ll be out of style. Unfortunately, it’s the same … Continue reading

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IN THE BEGINNING

Earlier this week, The Atlantic carried an interview with Stephen King in which he declared that he spends months and even years writing the beginning sentences of his novels. In this blog and elsewhere I have written about the power of … Continue reading

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WHY GOODREADS IS GOOD FOR ALL

This week I was looking for a few “good reads” for six-year-olds and spent a lot of time perusing Goodreads. It’s a terrific website and I recommend it to anyone who loves books. I first became acquainted with the site … Continue reading

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Bi or ByeBye?

A married man divorces his wife because“something is missing” in their marriage. She is surprised that he is unhappy and heartbroken that their marriage is over. It is only later than she learns he is gay (or maybe bisexual?) and … Continue reading

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HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL

Writing a novel is difficult. Many writers hope to learn from the methods of successful authors, much as we all search for the secret of life. In both cases, the answer is different for everyone and we have to find … Continue reading

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LIFE AFTER LIFE

  Life After Life is a spectacular novel by Kate Atkinson I am reading for the Goodwin Bookies discussion this week. I am not going to review the book here; I want to think about it for a while. The … Continue reading

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Like Me!

Time to “Like” me again. I know, I know—it’s ridiculous, but it matters in the wonderful webbie world. Why? Because search engines keep track of these things, so the more popular a site is on the web, the easier it … Continue reading

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