Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch: A Brief Review

I recognize I’m a solid two years late to the bandwagon on this one, but I read Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch over the summer and I have very mixed emotions. Rather than write out a book report, allow me to compile a list of what I loved and what left me peeved: The Good: Holy…

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Participating in NaNoWriMo

OK, I’ve skipped it the past two years, but I’ve finally decided that I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo 2014. For those of you not familiar with it, I’ve basically just signed up for a month of self-hating masochism …all for the love of writing. NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month.” Simply put: I’m…

A Thousand Splendid Suns

I’ve been missing in action for several days on both of my blogs. Despite my personal life slowing down [no more brothers or sisters to get married, woohoo!] and my school schedule leveling off, I’ve not found time to post on here in several days. Why, you may ask? A few nights ago, after getting…

The “Long Tail” of the Self-Publishing Industry

In last month’s course, I read Chris Anderson’s book, The Long Tail, which discussed the evolution of the market and how “hits” are no longer the sole generators of profits in the entertainment and retail industries. In the case of addressing more traditional forms of literature, such as novels, Anderson didn’t go into as much…

Publication #15

I’m at work, so I can’t spend too much time on this post, but I had to quickly celebrate by 15th publication! I submitted an excerpt of my novel to the University’s literary magazine, The Aviator, for consideration of publication a few months back. They accepted it and the newest volume of the magazine has…

Jitterbug Perfume

Today’s post is going to be extremely short. In fact, it pains me to write these words, as every moment I spend typing is a second that could have been spent reading. A colleague of mine recommended the book, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, to me several weeks ago. In the midst of school, work,…

The pitch!

OK, so, I did it! I managed to pitch the concept for my novel in less than three minutes, absolutely unscripted and with no editing after-the-fact. I’m a bit bubblier than I intended to be at the start of the video, but I think I toned down the enthusiasm by the end. In retrospect, I…