Intersect Story Map

Have you guys found out about Intersect yet? It’s a lovely idea for a social space: you write a story from your life, and mark the time and place. Then you can browse around chronologically, geographically, or both—to see what other stories have happened in…

Nathan Rabin Fails at Modeling and as a Human Being.

It may seem like a clever move to self-deprecatingly refer to your own article as a “lousy blog post”, but it doesn’t mean the phrase does not ring true. If there is one set of ads I would purge from all the internets given the…

Rules to Write By/Rules to Drink BY

It is summer, I just got married, and I am a writer, so lately many of my days involve A) drinking, B) writing, or C) both. Lucky me! Lately everyone has advice about these activities! First, there is the NYT essay, which is delightful —…

RITA: Kinsale, Kinsale, and Chase

I’ve been going strong on my RITA reading, but somehow or other (wedding, honeymoon) have fallen behind on the actual writing-up of my thoughts. So this post is going to tackle two RITA winners — plus, a bonus book! — for reasons that should become…

Women Like Writing, But Nobody Writes Like Women.

Internet personality quizzes are my Achilles heel. I enjoy finding out what interval best embodies my complex individuality (major 7th, as it happens) and what the shape of my letter A’s says about me on a fundamental level. If I’d been around in the late…

RITA: Julie Garwood’s The Bride

My first form-specific look at a past RITA award winner: The Bride, by Julie Garwood. First off, I must explain that this is one of the first romance novels I read growing up. And it is definitely the one I’ve reread most often: probably upwards…

Ready to Read the RITAs? Right!

In more than one bookstore, you can find lists of Hugo and Nebula award winners posted in the science fiction/fantasy sections. Displays of the recent Pulitzer winners are currently everywhere. Man Booker Awards, American Book Awards, National Book Awards — these will all be noted…

NGD Preparatory Academy, Vol. 8

It would be remiss of me to approach so near National Grammar Day without bringing up punctuation. Punctuation sometimes seems like the appendix of the body of grammar, because oftentimes you can eliminate it entirely and still make something worth reading (I’m looking at you,…

NGD Preparatory Academy, Vol. 7

Alas! I have little time today. So I’ll post on something brief: interjections! Anything can be an interjection if you punctuate it correctly. Airplane! See how that works? And how lovely to discover that holla was a word in the Victorian lexicon! Though it had…