Best Writing Advice Ever

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Rest in peace, Dutch. Some of his other tips: 1. Never open a book with weather. 2. Avoid prologues. 3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. 4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely. 5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than [Read More...]

Barbara Mertz (aka Barbara Michaels, Elizabeth Peters) Passes Away

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The great author Dr. Barabara Mertz died this morning in her Maryland home. She was 85. Barbara was an Egyptologist by training (and wrote two good books on the subject), but found her fame as a writer of best-selling thrillers (under the name of Barbara Michaels) and mysteries (as Elizabeth Peters). If you’re counting, that’s [Read More...]

The Most Important Book I Ever Read

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I wish I could say it was something grand that I can look back upon with pride: maybe the Bible, or Hamlet, or In Our Time, or the Divine Comedy, or Gatsby, or The Confessions, or Lord of the Rings, or the tales of Poe and Doyle and Lovecraft. But although I would cite all [Read More...]

Another Thanks To My Readers

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Amazon’s Affiliate program is an easy way for blog readers to support bloggers: when you access Amazon from one of my links, and buy something, I get 4-6% commission from Amazon. Over Christmas, this worked out pretty well, and I got my store credit last week. Here is some of what I’m enjoying thanks to you fine [Read More...]

Is Print Really Dead?

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My mother says she always knew that I’d be a writer, which is odd since I assumed I’d be a filmmaker, or maybe Indiana Jones. (I hedged my bets in college and got degrees in both film production and English, after dropping out of the Anthropology program, thus ending my Indy dreams.) I worked for [Read More...]

Sr. Boulding: “Grace was there first”

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“If you want God, and long for union with him, yet sometimes wonder what that means or whether it can mean anything at all, you are already walking with the God who comes. If you are at times so weary and involved with the struggle of living that you have no strength even to want [Read More...]

Now You Can Smell Like a Book

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Paper Passion is a new scent from Geza Schoen, Gerhard Steidl, and Wallpaper magazine, with packaging by Karl Lagerfeld. It’s one of those moments when I really wish we had smellovision, or maybe a smelloscope, since “it smells like books” can mean a lot of different things. Are we talking cheap paperbacks, limited editions with creamy [Read More...]

The Illuminated Sketchbook of Stephen Schriber

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Regular commenter Ron19 post this link to an amazing little late-medieval sketchbook by a monk named Stephen Schriber. Brother Schriber is quite obviously doing studies and practice work for his marginals and capitals. I have a lot of books about medieval illumination, but I’ve never seen one like this, where you see the process of [Read More...]


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