Writing Prompts

Wednesday writing prompt: Mark Twain and Margaret Atwood

Write for fifteen minutes on the following prompt:

meme: If Mark Twain and Margaret Atwood were to get together and write a book...
If Mark Twain and Margaret Atwood were to get together and write a book…

Post your work in the comments below or post it on your own blog and share a link to your blog post below. Continue reading “Wednesday writing prompt: Mark Twain and Margaret Atwood”

Blogging

How to fall in love with a reader: Part Two

Anti-Stratfordian Mark Twain, wrote "Is S...
Yes, Mark Twain is still my celebrity crush, even after all these years! | Anti-Stratfordian Mark Twain, wrote “Is Shakespeare Dead?” shortly before his death in 1910. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As promised, here is part two of my how to fall in love with a reader Q&A series: Continue reading “How to fall in love with a reader: Part Two”

Blogging, Reading, Uncategorized

How to fall in love with a reader: Part One

a picture of me with my niece
Did you fall in love with this reader yet? This is a picture of me with one of my nieces at my sister’s recent bridal shower. My niece is a reader too, but she’s too young for you. I’m the short one.

The other day, I read this blog post that mentioned a New York Times essay discussing a “36-question interview devised to make strangers fall in love.” The author of the blog post revised the questionnaire with the intent of making specific people – readers – well, if not fall in love, at least “have an interesting conversation about books.” In this post, the first in a three-part series, I will answer that blogger’s questions. Continue reading “How to fall in love with a reader: Part One”

Book Reviews

My favorite reads of 2013

Cover of "The Space Between Us"
Cover of The Space Between Us

Is it too early to start talking “Best Of” lists? I noticed a few publications are coming out with their 2013 best books lists and wanted to jump on the bandwagon. Of course, theirs are all new books, just out this year. Since I get most of my books from the library, I don’t always have access to all of the newest titles like I would if I were buying them from a bookstore. So some of my favorites this year were oldies but still goodies.

Anyway, the following is my top ten favorite books that I read this year. Aside from #1, which is my #1 favorite book this year, the rest of the books are listed in no particular order: Continue reading “My favorite reads of 2013”

Chicago, Conventions & Conferences, Mount Mary College, Travel, Writing Programs

Windy city-bound today

English: Author Margaret Atwood attends a read...

I’m off to the Windy City today for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs’ (AWP) 2012 Annual Conference and Book Fair. This year’s conference includes a variety of readings from published authors, a keynote address by author Margaret Atwood (pictured at right,) and a plethora of educational sessions. There are so many options to choose from, I’m having a hard time deciding which to do. But here’s a quick-list of a few sessions I’m hoping to hit today: Continue reading “Windy city-bound today”