What I Do In Between Writing and Fangirling

Behold my (work) life for the following few weeks: My laptop, coffee, and me live on the other side of the many piles. School has finished, and for libraries it means summer or project time. (Technically it's spring, but we don't quibble in Canada.) My colleagues pulled books too long on the shelf in what … Continue reading What I Do In Between Writing and Fangirling

Reading in Progress: The Sense of Style: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Book talks usually happen after I read the book. I decided to flip the script and talk about a book in progress, especially a book helping me take a look at my writing. Steven Pinker's The Sense of Style: the Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century already generated heated debate among those … Continue reading Reading in Progress: The Sense of Style: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

An Outlandish Sunday

After attending an anniversary dinner and dance, I woke up at 9 and immediately made coffee. Most of my morning involved drinking said coffee, and continuing to read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. My friend C dropped off her copies of the books, and it allowed me to re-read the first one. I read the novel … Continue reading An Outlandish Sunday

Book Talk: Reading 50 Shades of Grey

I admit to reading my share of sexy novels.  In grade 6 or 7, my best friend has a mom with boxes of Harlequin romance novels. My friend let me take one home to read.   I forget the title only it was about an English woman somehow caught up with a group of gypsies.  … Continue reading Book Talk: Reading 50 Shades of Grey

Hello, Spring, Glad to Finally See You

I don't call this past weekend 'spring cleaning'.  I call it more like a process of reclamation.  After my Saturday hair cut, I came home to begin cleaning off my dining room table. Sunday I tackled the dining room, living room, and laundry.  I did some spot cleaning in between, as in I see a … Continue reading Hello, Spring, Glad to Finally See You

Book Talk: Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther

This piece originally appeared in the newsletter for the Manitoba Association of Library Technicians.  Writing about Thunder Road by bookseller-turned-novelist Chadwick Ginther presented a unique situation. In a past life, I was a bookseller for McNally Robinson and had the pleasure of working with Chadwick. He is, and remains, my 'go-to geek' on matters such … Continue reading Book Talk: Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther

Plinky Prompt Friday: What I Currently Read

Welcome to a new feature to keep me writing.  When I felt a little blocked, I discovered a site called Plinky.  It's a series of questions designed to get people writing.  The answers can even appear in a blog, although I prefer just having a look at the questions and going from that point.  Today's … Continue reading Plinky Prompt Friday: What I Currently Read

Yet Another Hunger Games Movie Review (If You Can Stand One More)

Every where I turn in the blogsphere, another Hunger Games Review pops up.  I decided to join the mêlée after doing a book talk on all three novels.   When books come to the movie screens, people feel concerned about a number of things: Will the movie remain faithful to its source material aka the novel Do the … Continue reading Yet Another Hunger Games Movie Review (If You Can Stand One More)