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Escape From Camp 14,  Garbology, Etched In Sand, and However Long The Night

Hi all, I got back from San Diego late last night. Was speaking at the First Year Experience Conference. I was lucky enough to speak in the same block as two of my favorite authors. First up. Edward Humes, a…

It Began With Babe. It Ended In Flames

You are about to unlock the secret to all human interaction. I’m going to teach you how to improve any situation, instantly. It is a story almost twenty years in the making. It changed my life. It will change yours,…

Hey gang, I wrote a post for Bookriot about an unusual book club I ran once. We all brought books we didn’t like and tried to talk the others out of reading them. It wasn’t mean, it was more like…

This morning I was in my truck with my son. His eyebrows shot up. “Hey!” He held up a dirty nickel, retrieved from the floorboard. “Can I put this in my bank when we get home?” “Of course,” I said….

I overheard someone today. A woman. She said, in a loud, clear voice: “No, I mean Barbara Kingsolver. Y0u know. The other one.”  Do any of you geniuses have the faintest idea of what she might have meant? The other what?

I’ve been reading Orwell biographies. George Orwell, that is, champion of clear, concise prose, man of ideas, and, as you’re about to see, hopeless romantic. Biographer Gordon Bowker quotes Orwell complimenting his first wife, Eileen: “She was a good old…

Hi all, I was on Twitter today and saw a tweet by an author I love, John Corey Whaley. His upcoming book Noggin officially has my vote for best title ever. I don’t even know why. Noggin. I say it…

I Got My Pet Sematary Mittens! At Last!

Hi all, if you were following me back in July, you remember my plaintive cry for scratch-proof airplane mittens. My Tourette’s had gotten a bit unruly on an airplane and left my exquisite visage hideously marred. Nations wept. Gone were…

Hey all, I saw that Gillian Anderson–she’s done a ton of work but everyone I know just calls her Scully–is going to be authoring a series of sci-fi novels. Or at least, co-authoring. I love what I’ve seen of The…