Saturday, March 23, 2019

Self publishing

Cover Design Basics Cover Design Basics

Rule 1 for self-published book covers: They shouldn’t look self-published!... 

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Recent Projects

Upcoming Writing Prompts Book Upcoming Writing Prompts Book

Writing prompts are the hooks we hang our story on as we search our memories for... 

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Writing Practice

Two Sides of the Same Coin Two Sides of the Same Coin

I’ve been watching with growing dismay as the headlines about the euro crisis grow steadily more dire. The economics blogs I follow are predicting years of stagnation in Europe as a best case scenario for the resolution of the crisis. Their worst case scenarios include widespread economic depression and misery, blood in the streets, and even... [Read more of this review]

Déjà Vu: Banana Republic Edition Déjà Vu: Banana Republic Edition

The last time I lived here in Brazil (as opposed to just visiting for a couple of weeks), the country was in the middle of a slow-motion train wreck. This was 1991. Incompetent leadership and corruption had caused inflation to escalate from around 40% per annum in the early 1980s to 40% a MONTH by the early 1990s. Poverty was widespread, and crime,... [Read more of this review]

I Said, You Said I Said, You Said

In her research for her new book, Leila Levinson was surprised how the veterans she interviewed often switched to using the second person “you” as they talked of their experiences…. I’ve been reading Gated Grief by fellow Austinite, university English professor and friend Leila Levinson. Ultimately it’s a warmly reassuring... [Read more of this review]

Not What You Planned Not What You Planned

There’s an urgency to your writing, knowing friends are anxious to read your disaster reports. It’s not what you planned, but you’re writing… You have sabbatical year ahead of you with ample time for writing. You’ve found the perfect place to stay on a quiet street, with a writing table near an upper-story window overlooking... [Read more of this review]

On the Meaning of Home, an Interview with Barbara Gates On the Meaning of Home, an Interview with Barbara Gates

My hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand, has just experienced a massive earthquake. Though no lives were lost, many thousands of homes were seriously damaged, hundreds to the point of being likely teardowns. Reading the news about the devastation and talking to family in New Zealand, I remembered my conversation with Buddhist writer Barbara Gates captured... [Read more of this review]

Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir

Recently I had the great good fortune to hear writer Natalie Goldberg speak when she visited Austin for a book signing. Goldberg was here at the end of a book tour to promote the recently released paperback edition of her latest book, Old Friend from Far Away: the practice of writing memoir. I bought copies of Old Friend and her very first book,... [Read more of this review]

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