bookshelves by David

It is particularly fun (and scary) to have your book group read YOUR novel

"Disappeared in America" at Western New England School of Law

Three new novels that tell (the) truth

Robby's wildflower garden

Celine Keating, Elizabeth Nunez, Tiphanie Yanique, Ellen Meeropol, Marnie Mueller

I didn't take any photos this week; this one is the fiction writing group from a few years ago

Robby with Jenn


Need inspiration? Read.

June 25, 2012

Tags: agent, revisions, inspiration

One evening recently I received a long email from my wonderful agent, with more suggestions about revisions to my manuscript. I admit I was disappointed; Iíd thought Iíd nailed it on the last draft and we were done. Guess not.

So I proceeded to my usual two-humped process when receiving this kind of feedback. The first hump is, "No way; that doesnít make sense." But my agent is smart and savvy, and after thinking about it, I had to agree that most of her recommendations do make sense. The second hump is, "Omigod, I canít do that. Iím not smart enough, talented enough." That hill is harder to climb. (more…)

Recent reads and her perfect reader

June 11, 2012

Tags: political fiction, perfect reader

Itís been a busy month since I last posted a blog Ė a month that included several writing-related events, major revisions to my ďfinishedĒ manuscript, attending Book Expo America, and welcoming a new grandbaby to our family. These happenings have interfered with my ability to work on my brand-new manuscript, but they havenít interrupted my reading. Or trying to think critically about the books I read.

Because the nasty truth about being an unrepentant writer/reader is that you can never just read a book again. I mean just for fun. At least, I canít. Every book I pick up is irresistibly subjected to the questions I ask myself: Is that opening paragraph both provocative and true to the pact Iím making with the reader? Does the narrative arc take me on a compelling journey? Is the voice one Iím willing to stay with for 300 pages or so?