Our Writer's Journey with Charlene Gibb


March 2017

The Literary Gift Company

    The Literary Gift Company was founded in 2009 by Dani Hall. A former bookseller and bookshop manager, Dani was just completing an MA in Children’s literature when she launched the company with around 200 products in Reading (where… Continue reading →

Free Book Downloads

A friend of mine referred me to this website where you can download entire books for free. In most instances, the copyright has expired, so they are available to the public. Here’s a taste of what you can expect:  … Continue reading →

Making peace with commas Part 1

by Shauna Bolton   You wanted help figuring out commas, and here it is.     What Commas Are Not They don’t tell readers where to breathe. They don’t tell readers where to pause for effect. They don’t go into… Continue reading →

Frostbeard Studios Booklovers Candles

Frostbeard Studios Booklovers Candles I was looking for gift ideas for book lovers and stumbled onto the website of Frostbeard Studios. This enterprising couple began their journey into candle making because one of the owners, Roxie, couldn’t find a library scented… Continue reading →

Dracula’s Guest by Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker         When we started for our drive the sun was shining brightly on Munich, and the air was full of the joyousness of early summer. Just as we were about to depart, Herr Delbruck (the… Continue reading →

The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe           I was sick — sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me…. Continue reading →

Characterization Part 1 – Direct

This is the first of two posts on characterization.   When you’re trying to figure out who your character is, it’s like trying to identify a different species. Sometimes it goes well… Sometimes it doesn’t…          … Continue reading →

Cultivating Characters ~ Part 1 ~ Character Goals

Character Goals ~ Surface and Personal How do you find your characters?   Where do you get your characters from? It’s a bit of a mystery how each writer develops their first idea of a character. If your characters come… Continue reading →

Characterization Part 2 ~ Indirect

This is the second half a two part series on Characterization. Read Part 1 here. Yesterday, I talked about direct characterization where the general rule is we tell the reader what we want them to know. Today, I’ll discuss indirect… Continue reading →

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving

Washington Irving            WHOEVER has made a voyage up the Hudson must remember the Kaatskill mountains. They are a dismembered branch of the great Appalachian family, and are seen away to the west of the river, swelling up to… Continue reading →

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