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Top ten goals for reading and writing

Setting goals for a new year Resolutions, goals, and promises are in the air, after all, it’s a new year. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Now some people get super-excited to the point of hyperventilating about the prospect of even considering creating one goal, let alone ten. They get all aflutter about the…


My reading plan for the classics readathon

This entry is part 22 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 22 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonThe classic books on my reading list My readathon book choices are made. Obviously, I’m going to be reading the classics over the next 24 hours as I embark on The Classic Club’s Readathon. So here are the classics perched on my TBR table, all…


Tips to start the year with a classic readathon

This entry is part 23 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 23 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonThe Classics Club Readathon – First Ever Jump-start your reading year and sign up for The Classics Club Readathon, a 24-hour reading marathon, January 5, 2013. Yes, that’s this Saturday. You’ve got time to sign up, pick-your books, plan your hours and stock your pantry….


A roadmap of reading, writing, and resolutions

A writer’s blueprint for 2013 There is something about the turning of the year that uncoils energy, stirs the imagination, and ignites the passion to get things done. This year proves no different. I’ve been busy, busy, busy and my keyboard is humming from all the finger tapping. Resolutions? Well, maybe my version of them:…


A writer’s year of discovery

End of year book survey 2012 One year ends, a new year begins. 2012 proved to be an interesting year where some major changes and shifts occurred where books, blogs, reading, and writing are concerned. And, of course, this blog reflected that change. The year in summary A rediscovery of deep reading The big revelation…


Ah, the To Be Read Pile reading challenge

TBR Pile Challenge 2013 Let’s face it, if you’re any sort of writer at all you have a TBR pile, stack, or shelf of books that have been bought but never read. If you’re like me you very well may have a bookcase or two–at the very least a mountain. Adam, over at Roof Beam…


Top Ten books to read in 2013

Books screaming to be read My house is littered with books, my shelves cluttered with more books, and all are begging to be read. Does that sound familiar? I’m sure you have a few books stacked here and there that speak to you, always urging you to pick them up, open their pages, and read…


5 reasons to do the 3-day Novel Contest

Don’t think. Write. 3-Day Novel Contest begins September 1st The International 3-Day Novel Writing is a great way to get a book idea out of your head and onto the page. Don’t let the idea of a 72-hour writing marathon scare you. It can be done. Don’t think you are expected to generate a 600…


Should a writer read short stories?

The Tell-Tale Heart From the opening pages of the short story collection, I knew my heart belonged to Poe. That’s Edgar Allan, of course. When I read The Tell Tale Heart, I slid into Poe’s fictional world and experienced the story. I might have been slouched in an old recliner and safe in my parent’s…


NaNoWriMo Eve finds writers filled with anticipation

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series NanowrimoMost writers, whether they are participating or not, are apt to catch NaNoWriMo fever and a great many fall prey to its effects on Halloween. ‘Tis the night before the great marathon begins, after all. The degree to which they capitulate is the only real…


Do you write the New Year in?

Okay, okay, we all know January approaches and with it the annual decision: To goal or not to goal. Writers run the spectrum when it comes to this ritual. Where do you fall? I confess I practice a fairly extensive annual goal setting and year-end reflective writing. In fact, I like to write in the…