Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Widower’s Tale

While cruising through Elliott Bay Books one Friday afternoon after writing group, I spot The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass on a front table.  I’m excited because I loved her earlier novel, Three Junes, but I must admit I’m slightly … Continue reading

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The writing book I’ve been carrying around all summer

Its called Is Life Like This? A guide to writing your first novel in six months.  I have a fairly large library of writing books, but John Dufresne’s book lays out such a compelling method to beginning a new novel, … Continue reading

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If Andy Warhol had a Girlfriend

If I had a desert island book list, this arty romance would have to be on it.  For me, If Andy Warhol had a Girlfriend  by Alison Pace, hits all my sweet spots.  The settings are fabulous; taking the reader … Continue reading

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About Writing

. . . [W]riting is writing, not planning.  The sooner you put words on paper, the happier you will be. So says one of the great writers of our time, Jane Smiley, in Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, … Continue reading

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The best Jane Austen fan fiction

To read Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen mysteries is to live as Jane.  Jane Austen, the writer, is Jane Austen, the mystery solver, in this series of fun books.  It’s the inside view of her daily (re-imagined) life that is so … Continue reading

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Ravenna Third Place Books

There was a time when my writing group met at Third Place Books every week. I loved the BLT sandwiches and the cute baristas, and there were lots of tables and a place for readings. Parking was no problem as … Continue reading

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Elliot Bay Bookstore Cafe

Just the thought of the cafe at Elliot Bay Bookstore makes me happy. It is a writer’s dream cafe. To get there, you must first walk through the welcoming stacks of books of the Elliot Bay Bookstore. Head along the … Continue reading

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