Apparently Amazon and Goodreads will allow reviews to be posted prior to the release date as long as the reviewer states “I received this book free from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.” That being said, I’m looking for readers who would interested in reading Native Moments prior to the release date. Unfortunately, I do not have physical copies available but if you … Continue reading Looking for Early Readers for Reviews
Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. American writing comes from that. There was nothing before.” Melville was before that, but you could arguing although Melville was American what he was doing wasn’t really American writing. It was more English than American, right? American writing is the terse, hard sentences. The absence of adjectives. Melville used … Continue reading Who is the next heavyweight of American Literature?
Fuck this book. I made it about 140 pages before I put it away and decided to reread McCarthy’s Cities of the Plain. I’ve read War and Peace, Don Quixote, Moby Dick, Ulysses. But this book can kiss my ass. There are so many goddamn words and the plot is seemingly not going anywhere. Is there someone out there that can convince me this is really … Continue reading Book Review: Infinite Jest
When I found out I was going to Chicago for Book Expo America, the first thing I did was google “what do writers do at book expo america” and different variations of that. I didn’t find too much out there to tell new writers what to expect. I read a really good blog post called “Don’t Pay Money for BEA Book Promotion.” After attending, I agree … Continue reading First Time at Book Expo America
I’ve finally put together a reading list for my upcoming creative writing class. Whatchya think? The Art of Fiction, John Gardner On Fire, Larry Brown What we talk about when we talk about love, Raymond Carver The Essential Etheridge Knight, Etheridge Knight For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Ntozake Shange Fences, August Wilson Continue reading Reading List
Author L.L. Barkat thinks so: https://janefriedman.com/its-time-for-many-experienced-writers-to-stop-blogging/ I will not lie. I have not heard of L.L. Barkat until I came across her blog post. So, is it a waste of time? I looked at her Amazon page, her twitter account and even saw that she has a lifecoaching business and website. She wrote a blog about blogging being a waste of time, yet it exposed … Continue reading Is blogging a waste of time for writers?
The short answer to this is because all the bad asses of the literary world have: Flannery O’ Conner, Joyce Carol Oates, Hemingway, Raymond Carver and the list goes on. But why ask this question? Because I like the short story. I like writing them and I like reading them, but the problem is that they don’t really sell. Sure, don’t write because you want … Continue reading Why write short stories?
Final edits of Native Moments are finished. Besides promoting the book, there is nothing else I can do with it. Now I turn my attention to my next project. I have a novella already finished and maybe twenty short stories. Was thinking of trying to get a collection of short stories published, but I don’t know how well short stories sell. I still think, if my … Continue reading What Next?
I’ve not read much Stephen King, but a piece of advice from his book On Writing has always stuck with me: “[N]ever say ‘John stopped long enough to perform an act of excretion’ when you mean ‘John stopped long enough to take a shit.’” Continue reading The Importance of Being Concise and Precise