Character quirks

I've been listening to my first Raymond Chandler novel, The Big Sleep, and it's a lot better written and a lot less sexist than I'd expected.  What has stood out to me so far is how good he is at quickly putting a clear picture of a new character in your head. All of the …

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The Emigrants, W.G. Sebald

Much like the others I've read by this author, this book deals heavily with memory, loss, and--more directly than the others--the holocaust.  The narrator recounts his experiences with four characters, in four sections of the book. Each character is an emigrant from Germany, and each, in some way, seems to want to forget some aspect …

Book catch up #1, Hemingway, Hawingway

I've been reading a lot of books and not posting about them! So here's the first of some 'what I've been reading' catch up posts: The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway: I read For Whom the Bell Tolls a while back, and was underwhelmed, though parts of it did make me feel, and the end …

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This fantastical little story was my first experience with Gaiman, and it wasn't a super good one for me. The story is about a middle aged man who, after attending a funeral, goes back to his childhood home to walk around and remember stuff. The rest of the book is him remembering some crazy things …

can’t write? edit!

I've been having some trouble creating lately... so I'll delete instead! It's been nearly a year since I reached the end of my novel, so it's about time I started editing it. So, I started... and I'm wondering if I've really improved that much in the past year, or if I was just blinded by …

Submitting again

I've had 4 submissions this year... and am still waiting on two of them, and will be sending out another one next week. Good to be getting back into it! I'm determined to get a couple more sales under my belt, it's been way too long! My stories have improved over the years, so I …