Top Ten Reasons Why Students Need More Literature

Top Ten Reasons Why Students Need More Literature (Not Less) In uniquely powerful ways, literary study prepares students for richly rewarding and meaningful lives. No other reading experience or learning activity duplicates this preparation. 1. Imagination: Reading literature cultivates the imagination. That’s one reason why tyrants and dictators hate literature, banning or strictly controlling it. […]

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Fear of Writing a Romance Novel

Editing my book tonight, I had to inquire to some friends.  I sent them each a paragraph with a question about the wording.  My question was “does this sound too romance novelishy?”  Did I use the word novelishy?  Yes because I like to make up words – more importantly, I like to add ish to […]

A-Z Challenge: K is for Killing in the Name of…

Killing in the name of literature – how many people have you killed recently?  Me, thousands, I have killed off thousands of people in just the last couple of days.   Why? Well to be honest, I killed them off in the name of a goddess of the moon.  The rest I killed off because they […]

A-Z Challenge: J is for Jack D. and Jimmy B.

Sydney Porter, Tennessee Williams, Dorothy Parker, Edgar Allan Poe, Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway – what do all of these people have in common?  Well besides being famous figures in literature and brilliant writers, they were alcoholics.  They loved the booze. So why do some people […]

Pound for Pound: Poetry and Language

It’s Wednesday and that means a return to the classics.  As I was searching for something to write about, I went to a Google search of quotes on classic literature.  What I found was Ezra Pound. “Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.” – Ezra Pound… Read more

One Hit Wonders of Literature

Think writing a novel destined to be a classic is tough?  Try surviving to publish a second.  These authors didn’t: One Hit Wonders of Literature I’ve been writing short posts all day.  No need to break my stride so here goes.  I thought, for all those who wonder, “Where are they now?” about some classic […]