Dewey Readathon – Opening Meme

Reading to dogs is a great readathon activity

Dewey Readathon Participants and Cheerleaders—A Big Hello! from the Great State of Texas! A bit late to starting the 2014 Dewey Readathon but am ready to read, so here’s my brief intro coming to you from the great state of Texas. I live in Houston and have lived here most of my life. In fact,…

Stop, Sit, and Read – Readathon books for 2014

Stop Sit Breathe and Read - Ready for Dewey's Readathon

Even the dogs are readathon-ready! The official readathon books for Dewey’s Readathon 2014 Yep, we are readathon-ready, folks. The dogs are settled. The books are pulled.  The food is prepared. The chair is chosen. What else is there? Oh, the books. Readathon Books – Short Stories Xingu by Edith Wharton — This is becoming a…

Coffee Break Journal for Fiction Writers – New

New writing tool for nanowrimo - the Coffee Break Journal for Fiction Writers
This entry is part 19 of 18 in the series Nanowrimo

Coffee Break Journal for Fiction Writers – New Tool for Writers The new Coffee Break Journal for Fiction Writers is a great journal that is perfect for any writer who is about to tackle Nanowrimo. More than a blank book, this journal contains 31 journal prompts, inspiring quotes by famous fiction writers, a place for…

Readathon prep in full swing

Readathon prep for Dewey's 24 hour Readathon

Readathon Prep begins Readathon prep is in full mode in preparation for the biggest reading holiday of the year: Dewey’s 24-hr Readathon. This is not my first time with Dewey’s but for some reason my excitement is growing hour by hour. I absolutely can’t wait for 7 am tomorrow. That’s my start time. (To find…

Dewey’s Readathon this Saturday and it’s HUGE!

Dewey Readathon October 2014

Dewey’s Readathon—Saturday, October 18, 2014 Dewey’s Readathon is this Saturday, lasts 24 hours, and it is huge. As of right now, there are 789 eager readers ready to hit the pages 12:01 am Saturday. It is an exciting time with Twitter chats and parties, huge reading expectations, cheerleading and challenges, and lots of fun. This is an annual…

Halloween reading list and plans

Short story - The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

Halloween reading list and events Halloween approaches and my interest in horror books is rekindled as I pull together my Halloween reading list. October is a wonderful time for reading, especially if, like me, you adore Edgar Allan Poe. My interest becomes laser-focused as I pull his books from the shelf, stack them on bed…

Kindle research tool – KindleSPY, a great tool for anyone interested in Amazon publishing

Kindle research tool and Kindle research tips with KindleSpy

Kindle research tool or Why I LOVE KindleSPY For the last month or so I’ve been involved in a beta test of a brand new Kindle research tool called KINDLE SPY.  This is a handy tool for anyone who wants to create a book to publish on Amazon and especially if you plan to publish…

Armchair BEA 2014 – A passion for books

Twittered out?
This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

Armchair BEA 2014 – The participants Armchair BEA 2014 may have satisfied book lust, but I confess, after daily Twitter parties and blog writing and hopping, I do think I’m  ready for a day at the beach. So, you may ask: Who on earth would give up an entire week to sit behind a computer…

Goosebumps – Lessons from RL Stine books

Goosebumps author RL Stine books deliver when it comes to horror for middle grade readers.
This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

Goosebumps books provoked controversy Goosebumps books capture the imagination of middle-grade readers, particularly boys. For me, that alone is enough to make them good books. However, the Goosebumps books have been the topic of discussion among writers, readers, and teachers ever since the first one hit the market in 1992. For years I read posts…

Beyond Borders – Travel the world one page at a time

Open Door To The Sky
This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

Following the trail of enchanted pages Books transport me to a different world. I leave one state of being and return to another. For a little while, I’m somewhere else, and often someone else. As a child, I roamed the world through fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm opened the door that eventually led me into…

Are you reading short stories?

Master of short stories, Anton Chekov is a well-known writer of the short form.
This entry is part 14 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

Short Stories – Time for a comeback? Short stories often get short shrift. Why is that? The short form, often more difficult to write, is a wonderful format to learn the craft of writing. Film makers love them. Many short stories become movies, but readers, for some reason, have not embraced this format, preferring to…

Author, Author! How to meet your favorite author

Looking for an author
This entry is part 13 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

Where to find an author Want to meet some authors? Go to the nearest writer’s convention and head for the bar. You laugh. Yet this is a tried and true method whispered among writers in search of famous authors who hold the holy grail of bestsellerdom. Go where the authors congregate. Notice I did not…

Kicking off Armchair BEA 2014

Mad Hatter attend Armchair BEA Introduction
This entry is part 12 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

Reading, Writing, and Books – What’s not to love? Armchair BEA 2014 that virtual book bonanza for book bloggers and readers, is happening this week. Once again, I’m wearing the Mad Hatter hat as I nearly missed the opening day. Luckily, I’m okay and will be attending the party with the publishing of this post….

Gathering books for Dewey Readathon

Readathons are good ways to keep the book habit The Dewey 24-hour Readathon is in full swing, so it’s time for me to post my books. This one nearly swept by without me as I only discovered it was on today sometime late last night. My books for today’s Dewey readathon Since I’m participating in…

Holidays provide needed reading time for good books

Thankfully Reading WEekend offers opportunity to read Thanksgiving holiday books for writers.

Thanksgiving reading time and The Count of Monte Cristo When two reading events come together, it’s a pleasure and holidays provide added reading time. This weekend my intention has been, if not to finish, to at least gain headway in my reading of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I mean, it is…