Book Review – How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

A reader’s imagination is the act of one creative intelligence engaging another. With How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster does a commendable job of introducing “surface readers” to a more fruitful type of reading. Foster is, surprise(!), an English professor and decades of student interaction inspired him to write this book. What’s that? You have an …

How to Read a Novel – Part Two of Two

Imaginative literature primarily pleases rather than teaches. It is much easier to be pleased than taught, but much harder to know why one is pleased. Beauty is harder to analyze than truth. – Mortimer J. Adler I assume you’ve arrived at Part Two because you found agreement with Part One. Either that or you’re curious how wrong I can get things. …

How to Read a Novel – Part One of Two

There have always been literate ignoramuses who have read too widely and not well. The Greeks had a name for such a mixture of learning and folly which might be applied to the bookish but poorly read of all ages. They are all sophomores. – Mortimer J. Adler In my efforts to become a Better Person™, I spent some time …

Can I please have award with you?

Sorry for the delay in blog posts. Not only have I been busy with writing every day and analyzing it afterward, but I’ve also been helping my wife with short film stuff and dealing with my car needing some service (I require a new radiator before it stops… radiating). Last week, I was kindly nominated for a couple of different …

Why So Serious?

Because I need to be. Fighting my natural instincts, I’ve spent the last two days chewing over and taking to heart what I wrote in my last article. The results? I wrote 2065 words in three separate sittings. Just writing scenes. It didn’t matter if it was tied to my current novel. I just wrote whatever I felt like writing. …

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The Importance Of Soak Time

I don’t know about you, but when I’m excited about learning something, I tend to attack it nearly full force until I burn out. I’ll buy stacks of books on a subject and read them at a pretty rapid pace. When I’m done, I find that I may know this new factoid or that new factoid. Great for parties or …

Review – Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear

The friend that lent me I, Robot thought I’d also enjoy Cryptum by Greg Bear. The book is set in the Halo universe, something I’m not overly familiar with.  Beyond shooting friends in the virtual face about eight years ago, I must admit I didn’t know much about the backdrop. I also admit that had I seen this book on Amazon or the local …

start immediately…

Check out Doug Lance’s podcast interview at The Kindle Chronicles! He tells a great story about his work on eFiction and has sage advice for those looking to start their own projects. -beatbox32

your friendly reminder…

The response to Flash Fiction Contest #1 has been excellent! You guys have submitted some fun pieces and I can’t wait to start the voting. With that being said, tomorrow is the final day for submission! At some point on Saturday, I will post an entry so readers can vote. The polls will be closed on April 28th and then we will have …

Novel Deadline
Novel Deadline

thy will be done…

    I made a commitment today. Over the past week, I’ve been asking myself the same question over and over again – “What are you waiting for?” I never came up with a good answer. Me: “I’ve got plenty of time for a novel, let me just get better with some short stories first.” Socratic Me: “And how many …