Month: March 2013

Equinox 2013

Natural world

A very happy Spring Equinox to everyone who happens by. It’s finally turned into February here. This gray cold misty weather that we have now belongs to February and not to the tail end of March. This weather is what we go to Boulder to avoid. Our days are twelve and a half hours long now — past the actual definition of Equinox – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: equal night, when the night time is […]


Originally posted on <a href="">Aerogramme Writers' Studio</a>: <br />Never open a book with the weather. Avoid prologues. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said.” Keep your exclamation points under control! Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.” Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters. Same for places and things. Leave out the parts readers tend to skip. Elmore Leonard is…


Originally posted on <a href="">Aerogramme Writers' Studio</a>: <br />In 2010, inspired to Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing, The Guardian asked some of the world’s most respected writers to share their best tips. Here’s how Hilary Mantel, the first British author to win the Man Booker Prize twice, responded to the task. Are you serious about this? Then get an accountant. Read Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande. Then do what it says, including the tasks you think are…

The book list


I have finished reading, in rapid succession: Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel Sticking with my theme of reading Man Booker prize winners, if not always the actual novels they won for, I have loaded up and ready to go The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch. In this newest item on the list, we have Charles Arrowby searching for the meaning of life in a dreary cottage on […]