The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett (a Byliner book)

The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett fit the primary criteria for the kind of book I was looking for: very short & filled with writing advice. I downloaded the Kindle book at the airport between flights. This mini-memoir, which is a dainty 45 pages, was the perfect book to finish out the tail end of … Continue reading The Getaway Car by Ann Patchett (a Byliner book)

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Manage Your Day-to-Day (a 99U book)

Manage Your Day-to-Day was a book I had heard about, forgotten about, and heard about again. I downloaded the Kindle book and highlighted as I went along. It was a great short book for travel, comprised of short essays by some great minds---including my man Leo Babauta of mnmlist and Zen Habits---and interspersed throughout with quotable … Continue reading Manage Your Day-to-Day (a 99U book)

Predictive Text

It occurred to me that it was something of a sweet little list to go through what web addresses appear for the numbers and letters I often use. What's your list look like? 5 - www.50bookpledge.ca 6 - https://6inklings.wordpress.com/ a - amazon.com b - behindthename.com c - campnanowrimo.org d - dictionary.com e - eBay.com, etsy.com f - … Continue reading Predictive Text

Kindling by Angel Blackwood

    I can't think of many things more exciting than the privilege of reading the final product of a hard-working writer friend. Y'all remember how loud I was when it came to promoting books written by my friend Ellie Di Julio, and the cheerleading I did for Chase Night's debut novel Chicken. These days … Continue reading Kindling by Angel Blackwood

Teen Poetry

Tonight Karen Hayes and I will be hosting our first co-taught poetry workshop. Since it's for teens, I tried to compile some teen-specific references. If you're interesting in helping a teen get interested in poetry, you can use this as your starter guide! Refer them to check out this site: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poetry-teens And this one really … Continue reading Teen Poetry

Nevertheless

Nevertheless, she persisted. It's become a very popular phrase, and HuffPo decided it was the perfect opportunity for a book list recommendation. So did Goodreads, and so did Powell's. Pop Goes the Reader even made a terrific wallpaper with the theme (and can I just say, her blog is so beautiful!!!) If you didn't hear the … Continue reading Nevertheless

Best of 2016 from NPR

I adore looking at book covers, which is one of many reasons I prefer 50 Book Pledge to its mainstream counterpart Goodreads (but of course I have accounts with both). NPR put out a "best of" list of books from 2016, and it does not disappoint. You'll find a multitude of represented genres here, from romance … Continue reading Best of 2016 from NPR

Drawing to a Close

Everyone once in a while I like to draw attention to my favorite website for keeping track of book titles in the read, currently reading, and to-be-read pile: 50 Book Pledge. Plenty of people use GoodReads, and there's nothing wrong with that, but I prefer 50 Book Pledge because it has such a strong visual … Continue reading Drawing to a Close