More voices are joining counsel at William Morris with concerns about Google’s settlement with authors that would allow Google to profit from digital versions of millions of books it has scanned from libraries. The Justice Department is involved too. If you have questions or want to opt out, go here. Could you toss a 500 pageContinue reading “more on the Google settlement”
Have mentioned before how much I enjoyed Russo’s Straight Man. It’s one of the best comic novels I’ve read so far. He has a new one out and here he is in conversation with Sam Tanenhaus.
I’m not much for mysteries, but this post title made me laugh: The Edgar Winner Group: 2009 Edgar Awards Decided the best thing to do for creativity today is to take the day off. I am irritated because I thought I had the full text of Edgar Sawtelle on my Kindle and it was only aContinue reading “A day of Edgars”
I vote for football. I concede it was perfect weather for the Festival of Books. Not hot, nice breeze, a little on the cool side. But I hate crowds and it was crowded. The first panel was fine, mostly thanks to David Wroblewski. They each read for a couple of minutes from their books – he alsoContinue reading “L.A. Festival of Books”
Last Saturday, I went to a wonderful bbq with about a dozen writers and talk turned to books (I know, real shocker). Our post-grad “to read” pile is growing. Now I have even more to add. The Pulitzers were announced yesterday. Here’s the list and the winner for fiction is Olive Kittridge, a collection of short stories. Plague of Doves was the runner-up. Shoot, IContinue reading “more books”
Had to rename one of my characters about 130 pages in and found it traumatic. I’d gotten used to thinking of him a certain way. I should backtrack and say that I take naming characters seriously. I look up names and their meaning, I look at family patterns in naming children, and so on. IContinue reading “renaming”
For you BSG fans out there, cupcakes! I like it that there are whole blogs about bacon Thanks to my mentor and friend, Gayle Brandeis, for mentioning my Amazon entry on her blog. She’s so sweet and generous, plus she asks the best questions that lead me to improve my writing. If you want toContinue reading “odds and ends”
Looks like I won’t be participating in next Friday’s reading after all. The venue isn’t quite right. GROWING CHOCOLATE deals with the death of child, cutting and other serious themes not suitable for family night at a Y! There will be other opportunities. Brings up the question of when to say ‘yes’ to readings. NotContinue reading “reading”