Archives in Category: Writing

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Spectacled Bear Publishing

So, without a lot of research, back in December I decided to start my own publishing company. I floated the idea with some friends who were supportive, actually excited, since they all knew how much I love to write and

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Big News

If you’re on my newsletter mailing list, you received an email today about Spectacled Bear, the new publishing company I’ve started, and its first offering, a children’s picture book called Philip & Phoebe.

You can read all about these projects

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Sunset Coast Writers

I have joined a writers’ group at the recommendation of a good friend who’s been a member for a while. She told me I might like it but that openings in the group were scarce. So did I want her

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Emulating Epstein

Joseph Epstein is, in my opinion, one of the foremost essayists honing the craft today. I just bought his most recent collection, Wind Sprints, and am both exhilarated and encouraged from reading it.

The title itself is an example of

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Time Magazine

A few days ago the annual issue of Time magazine’s one hundred most influential people arrived. It is a marvel of slick promotion, but it hooked me in anyway.

Instead of the usual one-page front cover, there were four featuring

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Getting Ready

I’ve been studying independent publishers and their websites the past couple weeks in preparation for starting my own publishing company. It’s fascinating. First, there is a ton of publishers “out there,” both indie and established.  Second, there is another ton

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Bas Bleu

There is a charming catalog called Bas Bleu that comes to my door every so often.  Most of its offerings revolve around books and book-y things, and even when I don’t need anything to read I always thumb through this

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Tips on Writing vs. Writing

I subscribe to a variety of publications, both online and off, about writing. And over the years, I’ve seen a shift in their focus. Today’s message is about ten ways to do this, five things not to do about that,

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Opening Lines

The Great Book Club met last night, and five of us discussed Mrs. Dalloway, a 1925 novel by Virginia Woolf.  It made me think about first sentences in novels.

I’m sure you remember “Call me Ishmael,” which is the start

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Mrs. Dalloway

I belong to two book clubs, the 4B and the GBC.  The former is an abbreviation for Broads and Books Beyond Belief, while the latter stands for the Great Book Club. It’s the GBC that’s reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia

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