Visiting New York always jolts me. I become super conscious of all the lives unfolding around me, and though they’re all different from mine, I feel a universality with my fellow people. After all, many of us are focusing on the same basic goals: staying alive, protecting our families, celebrating milestones, earning a living, building community, and saving the world. “Sonder” from John Koenig’s The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows captures this awareness of other lives well, and one can’t help letting the imagination wander.
When I took… Continue reading
When I recently took a break from my writing to focus on family time, I was off the couch and far more active than I usually am, and I like the feeling so much that I don’t want to lose it. Now that I’m back to writing, which keeps me inactive for hours, I’m trying to make a point of taking longer walks, closer to two miles, rather than my old strolls to meet a friend for tea a block away.
I’ve also resumed my version of Tai Chi: a… Continue reading
My publisher is giving away 15 ARCs of The Keep of Ages through Goodreads this week.
In case you’re not familiar with Goodreads, it’s a free site where people can create catalogues of their books, and if they turn off the privacy feature, they can share their catalogues with others. I keep track of my reading there, and I love to see what my friends are discovering.
Goodreads also has communities where people can discuss books, a way to follow writers, writing groups, lists around certain topics like… Continue reading
Summer arrived this week with the solstice and a gift of sunny, balmy days here on the East Coast. School’s out and families are settling into new routines. If you’ve been secretly thinking all year that you’ll get to your writing in the summer, you might be surprised that it’s harder to ease into your new novel than you expected. I’m certainly finding that distractions abound. How can you get the most out of your summer writing days?
1. Like with exercise, you’ll get further with writing if you encourage… Continue reading
Having an Advanced Reader’s Edition of The Keep of Ages in my own little hands makes curl up and grin. This book is so close to being out in the wild! Knowing that ARCs have been sent out to reviewers, librarians, and booksellers fills me with happiness and wild, amorphous wonder. Will they like it? Will they read it?
The practical, realistic side of me knows that for a book to find its key audience, it has to jump through many hoops,… Continue reading