books

Reading in a Time of Twitter

Though the book blogger community is filled with wordy people, a lot of its communication is restricted to 140 characters. That’s because of a lot of it happens on Twitter. There, people share reading ideas, have discussions about books, chat with authors, and dozens of more things besides. And I haven’t been participating in any… Continue reading Reading in a Time of Twitter

writing

Writing Week in Review: 3/11-3/17

The brain is a strange beast. This spring mine would rather write snippets from a thousand different stories than it would focus on one. I have a theory about that. Writing particular scenes is more rewarding on a neurological level. We want to write those portions because it feels good, feels better than good to… Continue reading Writing Week in Review: 3/11-3/17

Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: ‘Time Enough for Love’

“Do not confuse “duty” with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘Time Enough for Love’

books

When Book Covers Get Characters Wrong

Book cover design is often grand, but sometimes publishers don’t get it quite right. Take for example the case of Nnedi Okorafor. Nnedi Okorafor is an extraordinary science fiction writer, and she has the Nebula Award to prove it. Before she was quite so lauded, however, she had a strange and terrible interaction with her… Continue reading When Book Covers Get Characters Wrong

libraries

Weird Libraries: The Case of the Steak Sauce Bottles

As those of you who have worked in libraries know, patrons often do strange things. Something about the smell of books inspires people to act differently than they otherwise would. Avon Lake Public Library in Ohio is currently dealing with one patron doing just that. Starting in January, the staff began to find A.1. Sauce… Continue reading Weird Libraries: The Case of the Steak Sauce Bottles