Earth Hour 2010

All that's asked is to switch off your lights for one hour in a show of support from 8:30-9:30 p.m. your local time. A record-breaking 125 countries and territories are participating this year, from its humble beginnings in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Learn more: Earth Hour

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A few little discoveries which quickened my heart

I ran across this by accident yesterday on Amazon. There is a new BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, starring Romola Garai (pronounced "ro-MO-la Garry"). This was a television mini-series, and although it does not appear to have aired in the U.S., it has already aired in the U.K. The reviews on Amazon are very … Continue reading A few little discoveries which quickened my heart

National Day of Listening – November 27

Once again the holiday season is upon us, a time to gather with family and friends and gorge ourselves on way too much food and drink. But wait, there's more! Thanks to a reminder from Dan Curtis, personal historian, it is also the National Day of Listening, so-designated by StoryCorps: The National Day of Listening … Continue reading National Day of Listening – November 27

A Facebook Cautionary Tale

Hot on the heels of all my bellyaching about social networking, I found this gem over at Meg Gardiner's blog, lying for a living. Frankly, it staggers the imagination. MI6 chief blows his cover as wife's Facebook account reveals family holidays, showbiz friends and links to David Irving The new head of MI6 has been … Continue reading A Facebook Cautionary Tale

For Love or Money?

Writing isn't generally a lucrative source of income; only a few, exceptional writers reach the income levels associated with the best-sellers. Rather, most of us write because we can make a modest living, or even supplement our day jobs, doing something about which we feel passionately. Even at the worst of times, when nothing goes … Continue reading For Love or Money?

Gotta have faith

Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur. -- Henry Miller At the risk of conjuring up images of 80's pop stars in huge sunglasses and over-gel'ed hair singing and dancing, I have to admit to having yet … Continue reading Gotta have faith

Of Research and Realism

I feel like I'm gaining some momentum on the WIP, and am now working on developing my characters somewhat more fully as human beings with hobbies and interests that diverge from the main story line. This of course, as you may have guessed, is leading me to do more research on various things to give … Continue reading Of Research and Realism

For those about to be rejected, we salute you

Spending time visiting writers' blogs as I do, I read many accounts of rejections and the struggle to finally reach nirvana (aka, publication). The saving of rejection letters has taken on ritualistic importance for many, who admit to having shoeboxes full of them in the closet. So this morning, in a variation on a theme, … Continue reading For those about to be rejected, we salute you