What is attention?

I am currently reading a book called On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz.   The author poses a question I had never considered before: What is attention? We’ve all heard, “Pay attention!” but what about the difference between multitasking and...

Phases of a Writer Moon

I’ve seen several lists pop up lately, humorously cataloguing the phases through which the author must pass to complete the work of a book. And I think to myself about all the things I do to get a book out there, and it’s quite a lot. At the outset of my...

For Language Lovers, #1

I am reading Evangeline for some side research for my current book, and loved chancing upon this phrase this morning: “the odorous cornloft” Love that, Mr. Longfellow! It’s the simple...

How Writers Live Alone, and It’s Marvelous

I recently gave myself a free pass to buy a heap of books. You know, for research purposes. One of the first I tore through was Sometimes the Magic Works, by Terry Brooks, which I bought from the Cannon Beach Book Company (of Cannon Beach, OR). It is a book about...