Another Month

It’s the end of another month, and that means it’s time to fire off some more queries for Parallel Lives. When I sent out my first batch of queries in April, I admit that I sent one to an agent who was: Notoriously fast Known to always responds Unlikely to represent me It’s important to […]


If someone doesn’t like your book and gives you a crappy review, it doesn’t make them a bully. Even if they resort to personal insult and load up on the snark. If an author responds to your review with comments of their own, they’re not a bully. Even if they resort to personal insult and […]

Authors Behaving Badly

“What happens to me is that I seize upon an issue in the news—the issue is the moral/philosophical, political/intellectual equivalent of a cheeseburger with everythingon it; but for the duration of my interest in it, all my other interests are consumed by it, and whatever appetites and capacities I may have had for detachment and […]

Enough Already

Earlier in the week I started working on today’s post, which was going to be about some of the anger and stupidity floating around between authors and reviewers, because it seems like there’s been, as Pink Floyd said, “A lot of it about”, especially in the last two weeks. And then I came downstairs this […]

Musical Monday: Rain

It’s funny how a thing like drought can occur. Back in April, after a short burst of very warm, dry weather, we got two, three weeks of frequent rain such that I wasn’t able to cut the grass until it was almost too high for the mower. By June we’re watching films and seeing pictures […]

Confession: Inner Space Interview

“I was sitting here…replaying the incident over in my head when I had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity.”–Jules Winnfield Man, this is going to sound weird. You’re all going to think I’m a total nut job, as if my anti-techno rants don’t already have you thinking that way. But what the […]

Musical Monday: Gonna Get Over You

It’s another one of those days. Allergies woke me up at 3 this morning, and kept me up. I tried to work up a blog post, but my head is fuzzy and I can’t quite wrap my brain around anything today, so I’ll thank Carrie Butler for the tag and Bonnee Crawford for the award […]

Give The People What They Want

Ahh, The Kinks must have had a “Low Budget” for videos when they filmed that one…. Several weeks ago, a bit of a hubbub broke out on Absolute Write concerning author Elle Lothlorien, who brazenly flouts the ‘never respond to a bad review’ convention by, well, responding to bad reviews. She takes a ‘customer service’ […]

Monday Musing

I knew something seemed familiar about Friday’s post. Not the feeling (although, sadly, that is too familiar a feeling). No, just now I found that I had given another post the title of ‘Ugh’ several months ago. Oops. Blogger continues to bug me. I have three people who’s blogs I just cannot follow. They just […]