Monthly Archives: August 2012

Stealing Hydrangeas

More than five years ago, a man came to the door asking if he could cut some of our giant hydrangea blooms. We said yes, as long as he didn’t take them all, because we were enjoying them. The first … Continue reading

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Sherry Turkle and Being Alone Together

On Monday, July 30, I heard a fabulous lecture about technology and how it defines our relationships. Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor, spoke about being “Alone Together” at Chautauqua Institution, New York. I wrote down some key points to share, … Continue reading

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Drum Roll, Please… Announcing My Secret Project

When I wrote about the Espresso Book Machine a month ago, I hinted that I was working on a project. Today I’ll tell you about it. I’ve been thinking about doing something more permanent with the Seven Questions interviews I … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Bestseller Selden Edwards on The Lost Prince, Using Historical Details in Fiction and Handling Rejections

I’m so excited to welcome Selden Edwards in celebration of today’s release of his second novel, The Lost Prince. The Little Book, Selden’s dazzling 2008 debut, changed my perception of historical fiction—and the direction of my work-in-progress—when I happened upon … Continue reading

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A Brilliant Novel in the World

Tomorrow marks the official launch of Yuvi Zalkow’s A Brilliant Novel in the Works.  Let’s all stand on our desks in our underwear to celebrate. That’s where Yuvi’s protagonist Yuvi finds himself at the beginning of this unusual, and hilarious, debut novel … Continue reading

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Reminder: Book Giveaway Ends Tomorrow

If you haven’t participated in Rejection Week yet, go comment soon for a chance to win a free book. The giveaway closes tomorrow at 5 p.m. West Coast time. I’m giving away two books–a flipback and a copy of A … Continue reading

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It’s Rejection Week!

Next week might just be the biggest, most exciting week on my blog. Ever. On Monday, I’ll feature a conversation with Yuvi Zalkow, whose debut novel A Brilliant Novel in the Works will be released on Tuesday. You may know him as … Continue reading

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Writing Challenge #18: Solution Freewriting

Today’s Writing Challenge comes from Melissa Donovan of Writing Forward. Solution freewriting is a technique for solving problems in your writing projects. Start by writing the problem across the top of the page. Try to form it into a question. Then, … Continue reading

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