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Hemingway's Ghost in Havana at The Millions

New essay up up at The Millions, in which I trace Hemingway’s 30 year love affair with Havana and try to get to the bottom of what his lingering influence says about both the writer and the city. 149 more words


Getting Close to Finishing a Book

So I realized rather late that it is a Sunday and I haven’t written anything for my lovely blog here. Instead of an advice piece, because I can’t come up with anything else, tonight I’ll go with a “Progress Piece,” or what I’m doing in my writing. 339 more words


Selma Lagerlöf Died on This Date

Selma Lagerlöf, the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature, died on this date in 1940.


Sir Walter Scott Throws Some Shade on Himself

On this date in 1826, Sir Walter Scott compares his work to that of Jane Austen: “the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting . . .is denied to me.”


Stories must make me CARE about characters and what's happening to them to hold my attention!

Whether novels or TV shows or movies, the stories must make me care about the characters and what is happening to them. If a story fails to make me care, then I lose interest. 284 more words


Diversity in Writing

Earlier this week was International Women’s Day. While using my incredibly bad artistic skills to draw a picture of all the main characters from my books celebrating, I noticed how different many of them were. 333 more words