Imagine with me, if you will:
Crashing waves. Sandy beach. Shaded umbrella. Light breeze. Margarita. Entrancing novel. Maybe a dozing husband or wife by your side.
Is that your happy place? It’s one of mine.
But let’s add another element to that peaceful, serene setting. Read more
Confession: I’ve never written a single word in a coffee shop.
Confession number two: I don’t recall ever taking a laptop inside a coffee shop.
Confession number three: I hate coffee. Like, I loathe coffee. It smells like a combination of cigarettes and skunk.
That being the case, I’m a terrible candidate to be a novelist. Read more
The book trailer is a relatively new thing in our modern era of social media and book marketing. I understand why publishers and marketers do it. I’m not sure, but, from the standpoint of exposure, book trailers might actually work.
But that doesn’t mean I have to like them.
Movie trailers work. They make sense. They take a visual medium to promote another form of visual medium. They’re highly effective. And, for me, a movie’s trailer can be a huge factor in whether or not I go to see said movie.
But book trailers?
They range from the extremely dull, low-budget, sleep-inducing version… Read more
Today’s bookish pet peeve is about me. I am my own pet peeve.
But let me first clarify. Reading through the Time list has immensely helped me with this problem because the only books I buy right now are books on the Time list.
So I’m very purposeful, rarely experiencing one of those bookstore binges in which I buy 10 books, only to read 2 of them before the next bookstore binge.
You know how it goes, right? Read more
Why in the name of all things holy would I want to speed read?
Okay, I understand if I’m researching for a paper and I want to skim through a large amount of text in a small amount of time. I understand if I want to find a specific quote or a specific source within a book.
From an academic standpoint, there are many reasons why speed reading makes sense.
But just as a general rule: What motivates one to speed read? Read more