Entries by Rose

Zombies – It’s Not Easy Being Undead

The Problem with Zombies. Besides the obvious. First, the plural thing. If a crowd of undead are zombies, what do you call one of them? Shouldn’t it be a zomby? And if not, why not? Is it just that Zomby sounds like the nickname for an undead Zumba fanatic? Because for all we know, zombies […]

Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

If you hate spoilers, don’t look at the picture of the horses. Oh. Too late. Now you’re stuck reading a book review. I suppose if I were a truly omnivorous reader, I would value every reading experience equally. But I don’t. For instance, I avoid reading those small print multi-page mailings I occasionally receive from […]

Indie Publishing and the Cursing which Accompanies It

I wonder sometimes, where you are. That’s right. You. Right now, I mean, as you read this blog entry. It is mid afternoon on a sunny winter day where I am and my office, the one remaining room in my apartment which needs painting is looking unusually cheerful. Primarily because I have reached a milestone […]

Index Cards: Best. Office. Supply. Ever.

3 X 5 index cards are one of the best inventions of mankind, right up there with fire and ice cream sundaes. Index cards are the perfect size for writing down one thought. Or for listing tiny quantities, like five things to pick up at the store. Or for tucking blank in my pocket for […]

Re-purpose Your Household Items

Reduce, reuse, recycle, re-purpose. It seems to be a requirement for human beings that we re-purpose things. For instance, my paper clip jar is a re-purposed orange blossom honey jar. I like it because even though I washed the jar out thoroughly before I filled it with paperclips, for years the lid gave off the faint […]

Formatting Your E-Book Requires Wine

Indie publishing involves formatting. Ugh. I was planning to write an erudite assessment of Anne Tyler’s Vinegar Girl, because I have always disliked The Taming of the Shrew. Tyler came up with a charming “doesn’t make you want to throw up” version. But I am not feeling intellectual today. Because I spent the day formatting. No. Today […]

Self Employment Perks and Negatives

Collecting Benefits from Self Employment. I bet you woke up this morning thinking, “What exactly is the difference between an axiom and an idiom?” I know I did. Being able to take time to explore questions like this is one of the benefits of self employment. Actually, I was wondering specifically whether “a day late […]

Fiction and Truth; Non-Fiction and Your Imagination

“Fiction is a story someone made up.” Miss Wood tapped her desk for emphasis. “Non-fiction is fact. You find non-fiction in an encyclopedia or in a newspaper so you know it is true.” This is how my sixth grade teacher Miss Wood once explained the difference between fiction and non-fiction. I’m going to pause now […]

Finishing a Novel and Letting It Go

Finishing and Letting Go are Not the Same Things. So much of writing a novel is about beginning it – plotting, character exploration. Beginnings are optimism incarnate. But finishing has a distinct flavor too, a bittersweet tang. Today I finished novel number three. Really finished. Drafting, spelling and grammar checking, fixing sequence errors, sending it […]

Woodchuck, Gopher, Groundhog. Aliases all.

A Royal Visit from a Woodchuck is an honor. Although maybe a painful one. There is no animal quite as full of himself as a woodchuck when he is sauntering into your garden to pillage. He carries himself with the bearing of a duke coming to check out his feudal holdings. Even when he climbs […]