I’m always surprised to find that many of my students have never heard of Google Books. If I want good information, I almost never use a general search on Google first, that is, unless it is currently a trending topic. Google Books can help narrow down credible sources in a short amount of time.
I have Brian Clark’s charmingly redundant “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer” displayed at eye level above my desk at work. I read good writing. I read about good writing. But I know the best way to improve my writing is simple: keep writing. In my work, I edit a wide range of
It doesn’t take more than a quick look at the dates on our posts to notice a large gap—perhaps the largest yet. For the last month and a half, I’ve only had time for teaching and one writing project—a book. The need for doing things like sleeping and eating—occasionally even showering and shaving—left me
I don’t know about you, but I spent all of last week glued to Twitter, following the manhunt in Boston, the explosion in West Texas and the earthquake in China. I knew the Pulitzers had been announced (and that this year’s board had avoided last year’s misstep in the Fiction category) but until this
By now, nearly all book lovers have heard that on Monday, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced this year’s awards, declining to award a prize in the fiction category. The interwebs have been jumping with reactions, some outraged, some quiet, some helpful, some not. Here are some of the more interesting (to me) opinions for
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released a new survey that looks at readers of ebooks. The report shows that 21% of American adults say they have read an ebook in the last year, which is up from 17% just last December 2011 (after the holiday season). The survey holds several interesting
The Coffins of Little Hope is Timothy Schaffert’s fourth book but apparently the first one to garner a review in the New York Times. Published by one of my favorite small presses, Unbridled Books, the novel releases in hardcover on April 19. I’ve heard bits and pieces about this novel, but the NYT review
What we say online does not go away. Once you go medieval on a reviewer, you can't take it back. You can own what you did (and hopefully avoid making it worse) and apologize. You can make the rest of your online history one of grace and demonstrate that you learned from the experience.