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Category Archives: The reading life

Dewey Read-a-thon Why participate?

This entry is part 5 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 5 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon Why on earth would anyone attempt to stay up for 24 hours and read? Well, there are still people who open a book for the joy of reading and for pure pleasure. I am among them. Why would I post my participation when my…

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Dewey Read-a-thon continues with Beyond Blogging

This entry is part 4 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 4 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon When the clock struck one I closed the book and put TETHERED: A Novel by Amy MacKinnon away. From the opening sentence I was swept into a unique landscape populated with some really interesting characters, especially the protagonist. I couldn’t put the book down….

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Dewey Readathon mid-event survey

This entry is part 3 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 3 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonNot only am I reading but I’m also participating in posting blogs about the read-a-thon event. We’re at the mid-way point so below is my answer to the survey. Mind you, I was a wee bit late getting started so I’ve only now finished my…

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Read-a-thon intro meme

This entry is part 2 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 2 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonTime out from reading to play the Read-a-thon meme. Where are you reading from today? Deep in the southern part of Texas, in the Gulfcoast area, Houston to be specific. So far I’ve spent time reading in the reclining massage chair and sitting on a…

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Dewey’s Read-a-thon is on

This entry is part 1 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 1 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonQuick, grab a book. Dewey’s Read-a-thon has begun. I’m a little late getting started but remain committed to a day of reading. It’s not hard. Find a couple books and start reading. There’s an official start and end but it’s more about the intent than…

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Social Media Madness, the writer’s digital Waterloo

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog Challenge

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog ChallengeThe stereotype is that writers are a super-introverted, angst-ridden, egotistic lot who have no time for social engagement. That may be true for some, but there are just as many good writers who are, by nature, friendly, extroverted, and eager for social…

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Writers do well to heed the siren call of books

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog Challenge

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog ChallengeA huge part of the writer’s life is bound up like the pages they create between book covers. While your brain may be full of craft and your mind on the page staring back at you, don’t for a minute think you…

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Edgar Allan Poe, a father to many of today’s writers

Edgar Allan Poe would have turned 200 years old in January had he been blessed with exceeding longevity. The event has proved a boon for anything Poe. Publishing houses have lit the candles in hopes of a Poe revival. Well, they didn’t need to strike a match for me to come to the table. I…

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Writing Tools: Embrace your Kindle

The Amazon Kindle electronic reader quickly becomes a writer’s best friend. No one is more surprised than me. I never thought anything would compare to the “book” experience but the Kindle does a great job of simulating the reader’s experience in size, weight, and, yes, even page-turning experience. Add the highlighting and note-taking features and,…

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Internet Tools for Writers: What’s your blog’s reading level?

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersEver wonder what the reading level is for your blog? Sooner or later someone out in cyberspace comes up with a way to answer all your questions. I ran this Down the Writer’s Path’s URL through The Blog Readability Test. Not only…

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Publishing News: Narrative Magazine expands in growth and content

Narrative Magazine, an online favorite of mine, is having one heck of a year. The readership has doubled, the magazine remains free, the contributors continue to be paid, the annual contest grows, and big things are afoot. The magazine now includes poetry, and Michael Wiegers, the executive editor of Cooper Canyon Press, has agreed to…

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Today in Literature

If you love books, Today in Literature should interest you. Malcom Lowry’s UNDER THE VOLCANO is discussed. Think you have troubles? Read the full story. And remember, many praise Lowry’s book and call him a better writer than Hemingway.

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Exactly what kind of reader are you?

Okay, here’s another one of those pesky surveys to fill out. This time we get to find out what kind of reader you are. I am, of course, a “dedicated” reader. Now, don’t be shy. Tell us what type you are. What Kind of Reader Are You? Your Result: Dedicated Reader You are always trying…

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Joy: The Love of Reading Leads to the Joy of Writing

I love reading — probably even more than writing — and there is nothing like beginning the day in the company of an author who tickles my brain cells. First thing each morning I grab a book, usually on some aspect of writing, and read for about 15 minutes. By doing this at the start…

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