Smollett Family Reunion

Marching on…let’s brighten the dreary month of March celebrating Tobias Smollett’s birthday with a Smollett Family Reunion. Born around 16 March 1721, Smollett wrote picaresque (not picturesque) novels like The Adventures of Roderick Random and other writings, and translated Don Quixote. He wrote and wrote until he left us in 1771. Funny how much someContinue reading “Smollett Family Reunion”

Attack of the 42 Year-Old Man

Recently I blogged about 37-year old women, and within one week, just happened to watch three movies, each featuring a 42-year old man going through his midlife crisis; Movies, not literature, I know, but a story is a story, right? Plus, a movie starts with a screenplay or sometimes a book anyway, so…literature! (But ifContinue reading “Attack of the 42 Year-Old Man”

Para-Holidays: Valentine Cards from Backhanded Greetings

When You Don’t Care to Send the Very Best. Or, What I really meant to say was… Hey, I know Valentine’s Day should be sweet-n-romantic, but how ’bout a little honesty, too? Just in time for the Holiday of Love (oh, please), creative sister muse Morra Morron created some lovely Valentine’s for Backhanded Greetings. Enjoy!Continue reading “Para-Holidays: Valentine Cards from Backhanded Greetings”

Philly Ephemera:Treasures Revealed in Vintage Books

I fell in love with vintage books a few years ago. I cannot rightly say why, but then, is love ever explained by reason? They can be had on the cheap and the forgotten bookmarks within reveal bits of the past. Sometimes it feels sacrilegious removing the bookmarks, as if the reader will return toContinue reading “Philly Ephemera:Treasures Revealed in Vintage Books”

5 Weird Places to Write

Pull up a chair and enjoy few weird places to write! Sure, I have a studio in my home and libraries around corner, but sometimes one needs a place private yet public, quiet yet alive, under the radar yet odd–all without home distractions. A few of my favorite spots… If I were cool, I wouldContinue reading “5 Weird Places to Write”

Reviews and Rants: Attack of the 37 Year-Old Woman

Title inspired by the 1958 movie Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman. Blog inspired by Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs. Ah, the spinsterly age of thirty-seven! That’s how poor Nora, the self-deprecating protagonist of Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs sees it, acting like her life is over because she’s thirty-seven, single, no kids, and nothingContinue reading “Reviews and Rants: Attack of the 37 Year-Old Woman”

Tidbit II: Silly Book Covers

Digging through Goodwill Superstore bins, I came across three books with winning covers. For anyone honing their marketing skills in the self-publishing world, these examples offer rich insight and exciting possibilities: Mother’s in the Kitchen. Of course Mother’s in the kitchen. Where the f*ck else would she be except the laundry room? Maybe that’s whereContinue reading “Tidbit II: Silly Book Covers”