Recommended Reading List: July 2020

I’ve been line editing various editing projects, which are in their final stages, so my reading time is limited. I had a weird experience, though. I read a book that I hoped would get me into a new series, and a week later, I couldn’t remember what I had read. In fact, I was wondering why I had nothing to talk about here, before recalling […]

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Business Musings: My Travels This Week (A Process Blog)

This week, I have traveled to Ancient Greece, Mississippi in 1933, Grand Central Station in 1939, Houston Texas in 1969, small town Alabama in 1977, Paris in an undefined now, and somewhere in space at the end of the 24th century. And then there’s the unintentionally alternate 2020 of network television, which showed me what St. Patrick’s Day might have looked like in Washington, D.C. […]

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The Gift of Stories

35 stories in 35 days! The gift that keeps on giving, whether you get it for yourself, your best reading buddy, or both of you to share over the holiday season. Years ago, I wondered what it would take to give a holiday story per day to readers. After all, in the holiday season, animated calendars give everything from music to games to those who […]

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A Special Webinar and A Bundle

I’m heading into a season of announcements, and I’m going to start with a big one. I’ve decided to do a monthly webinar. I’m committing to a year’s worth (actually 13 webinars), and if it goes well, I might do more. Here’s my thinking on this: As I’ve gotten healthier, I realized how much I’ve missed talking to people about writing, reading, being an artist, […]

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Recommended Reading: January, 2019

I finished my first piece to recommend on January 3. Usually it takes me a week or more. So the start of the month pleased me greatly and bodes well for the rest of the year. However, as the month progressed, I got little traditional reading done (as opposed to reading for workshops or editing projects). I read the remaining anthologies for the series workshop […]

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Recommended Reading List: November, 2018

I usually spend November reading some of my favorite bestsellers. They all come out with new books during this month or during October. I read the first from one of my very favorites. Now, he’s one of the best writers we have, if not the best, and the book was great by most people’s standards. By his, it was a mediocre story (still better than […]

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Business Musings: Taste (or Blaming The Writer)

When I teach craft workshops, one of the things I work on the hardest is teaching writers the difference between taste and “good fiction.” I put “good fiction” in quotes, because there seems to be this belief among most writers and readers that “good fiction” is something quantifiable. Certain books are “good” because they have elements that professors approve of, or elements that the culture […]

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Business Musings: The Books We Want To Write

I had an odd little experience recently. I found a book that I wanted to write. Which sounds weird, I know. But what I mean by that is that someone wrote a book that’s tailored just for me. Usually I’m the only one who does that. In fact, that impulse to write a book that I want to read is what gets me to the […]

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Recommended Reading List: February, 2017

Lots of reading this month for the anthology workshop at the end of the month, plus some line editing. I still managed to find time for some other reading, but it was a push. I got a new mystery from one of my favorites, started it, and immediately stopped. Turns out our newly retired hero has just been diagnosed with COPD. Having dealt with death—and […]

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Recommended Reading List: April 2014

As I write this, it’s been 24 hours since I read this story, and I’m still blown away by it.

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