"Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?" You may have never heard of The Globe. It's possible you know nothing about PotPan or Prince Escalus or Friar John. It's even plausible that you could be in the minority of people who don't know the name of Shakespeare. But its almost inconceivable that you would not know … Continue reading Plagiarism in Verona?
On November 14, 1883, pirates were born. Well, pirates as we know them. After months of serialization in the children's magazine Young Folks, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island" was published as a novel on this day by Cassel & Co publishers. The swash-buckling tale of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver was massively popular and … Continue reading Yo-Ho-Ho and an ‘X’ Marks the Spot
If you've ever walked the halls of Hogwarts with Harry, floated down the Mississippi River with Huck, or braved the stares of Puritan America with Hester--all without leaving the comfort of your house--then you understand the sheer magic of books. What you might not understand, however, is the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that … Continue reading Authors Are People, Too
When I was growing up, I wanted to be a news reporter. Other kids my age idolized Michael Jordan or Chuck Norris or Debbie Gibson (yes, I'm dating myself here). I, on the other hand, worshiped Jane Pauley. At only ten years old, I never missed an episode of Dateline and would spend hours conducting … Continue reading Lost Dreams and Found Hope
On May 22, PBS is launching an eight-part miniseries called "The Great American Read" which will explore the power of reading as told through the lens of America's 100 most-loved books. Each episode will focus on readers, writers, and the impact of selected works on our country and culture. The list of 100 (which you … Continue reading The Great American Read
Yesterday, in the span of one hour, I received a full request and a form rejection. Same query. Same sample pages. Different agents. If that's not a lesson in just how subjective this business really is, then I don't know what is. Two different agents can read the exact same thing at darn-near the exact … Continue reading You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
I started out 2017 with two major goals in mind: 1. This was the year I'd get an agent. 2. This was the year I'd get published. With only 10 days left in the year, I think it's safe to say that I have failed. I gave up querying my first manuscript pretty early in … Continue reading End of Year Musings
Today I celebrate the birthday of one of my children. Okay, so it's not one of my real flesh-and-blood children. Heck, he's not even a real flesh-and-blood person. But he's still one of my children. His name is Harry Potter. Yes, Harry Potter. As in the Boy Who Lived. As in the main character of … Continue reading Yer A Wizard, Harry.