Posted in December 2013

10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written

Originally posted on Flavorwire:
If there’s one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it’s writing itself. A good thing too, especially for all those aspiring writers out there looking for a little bit of guidance. For some winter inspiration and honing of your craft, here…

New York Times Quiz for Dialect

New York Times Quiz for Dialect

My mother, who had a Ph.D. in English linguistics, used to say that she listened to a linguist on the radio pre-World War II.  The host of the show would have callers recite a list of words and guess their U.S. geographic origin based on dialect.  Apparently, the man was quite accurate and the show … Continue reading

A “smart” pen for writers – Livescribe 3 smartpen

A “smart” pen for writers – Livescribe 3 smartpen

I came across the “Livescribe 3 smartpen” in a technology magazine the other day.   Made by Livescribe, the pen records handwritten text and pictures from (special) paper  to a smartphone or tablet.  Write on “Livescribe dot paper” using this special pen and the same thing appears in electronic form on the smartphone or tablet. … Continue reading

NPR – The Art (and Glut) of Memoir

NPR – The Art (and Glut) of Memoir

The Colin McEnroe NPR talk show broadcast “The Art (and Glut) of Memoir” in January 2012.  The link includes a short article and the roughly 49-minute audio.  The host discusses the memoirs that have made it to the bestseller list (all by celebrities), whether “memoir” is prestigious or simply a dirty word, and some writing … Continue reading

59% YOY Growth for Self-Published Titles from 2011 to 2012

59% YOY Growth for Self-Published Titles from 2011 to 2012

An analysis of U.S. ISBN data by Bowker has revealed extraordinary growth for self-published books, 391,000 titles in 2012, which represents a 59% increase over 2011.  Ebooks comprised 40% of ISBN numbers.  Eight companies produced 80% of the print & e-book titles, including:  CreateSpace, Smashwords, Lulu, Xibris (Div. of Author Solutions), AuthorHouse (Div. of Author … Continue reading