Monday, September 10, 2012

Closing shop

Kristen Lamb's recent blog post about writers not needing more than one blog was the final kick in the butt for me. I'd been thinking about this issue for a while now myself.

Writing blog posts is hard work and while I enjoy it most of the time, some days, even paring it down to once a week for each of my two blogs, it's pure torture.

Therefore, much as I've come to enjoy this blog, I'm going to stop posting here and use my old blog at as my one and only blog. I'll leave this blog up at least for another year or so, but I won't be updating it. My official writer's website is at but I'll continue blogging at the site for now.

As I was saying to a friend, time is the frenemy of busy folks. Time is, of course, our friend because I'd rather have it than not. ;) But it's also our enemy because it never gives us enough of itself and it's up to us to make the most of it.

See you on the Other Site!

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~ Toni Morrison

Monday, September 3, 2012


Most people I know use goodreads. If you're one of the few people who is not familiar with it, you're totally missing out.

Goodreads is to books what Ravelry is to the fibre (yeah, I'm Canadian) arts community.

Goodreads is a community of readers and writers interacting and participating. You can use goodreads to keep track of your books, both read and to-be-read, categorize them on your virtual bookshelves by whatever ways make the most sense to you. You can give each book a rating out of 5 stars, and post reviews to share with the community.

Also within the community are different book clubs you can join. I'm not one for book clubs (ok, I really view them with as much pleasure as I view being infected by the plague, if you must know), but I think if I were forced at gun point to join a book club, I'd join one on goodreads because I can discuss books in my PJs without having to venture out of the house and drink whatever the heck I choose instead of whatever is served. Truly a fabulous option for a non-people person like me.

Another great thing about goodreads is that there are at any one time, hundreds of authors having giveaways of their books, some are even ARCs (advance reader copies)! I've won a book before. It was good too; I gave it to my son to hone his writing when I was done with it.

And if you join goodreads, pleeeease friend me! I love to see what others are reading even if it's a genre I have no interest in. I'm just a bibliovoyeur. Hey, I invented a word!

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~ Toni Morrison