May I Gently Suggest: "Is It Fall Already?" Edition

No one wants a blog post about why a blogger hasn't blogged. So boring. Let’s not do that!

Before we begin with these gentle suggestions: many of you have been asking when I'm going to do another writing workshop. Unfortunately I don't have an answer yet. I want to generate material for a new workshop, and I just haven't had the time. More on that soon-ish.


A Tale for the Time Being


A writer in the Pacific Northwest finds, washed up on the shore, the diary of a Japanese schoolgirl considering suicide. This book is magical and funny and heartbreaking. I read it, then I read it again, and now I think about it more than is healthy.

Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence


Science! I was skeptical about this one, but I really liked it. With most how-to novel-writing books, their advice seems to be “write a bunch of words, and make them all good.” Which is correct, but lacking a certain something. I found this one extremely helpful in pinning down what “good” is and how to keep a reader from tossing your book into the trash. Or the recycling, if she’s eco-conscious.

Minimalist Parenting



Last but not least, my friends Asha and Christine are the authors of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less.  I am a fan of minimalism, and of this book. If you’re struggling to find ways to ease the pressures of modern parenting, this is a great choice.

Even better: between October 1-31, they’re donating 100% of royalties for books purchased via this link (and the one above) to WOMEN AT RISK, an Ethiopian organization that helps women lift themselves out of prostitution. So if you're interested, make sure to use that link, and buy before Halloween!

Say, you! What are you reading right now?