Writing Wisdom

I’m not the world’s most ┬áregular blogger, I know, but at present I’m concentrating on a) earning a living and b) writing a book – and I’m sure most of my readers would prefer me to prioritise book-writing over blog-writing! So, no thoughtful or newsy post from me today! However, I here’s a couple of…

Work, work… and a little play

I’ve been working full-time at the university since the beginning of semester, and it is keeping me very busy. I’m teaching an undergraduate course on Digital Media, and as it hasn’t been properly revised for some time, I’m writing it as I teach it. Two-thirds of our students are off-campus students, studying online, so in…

Great news!

Today’s a big day in the romance writing community – it’s the announcements of the finalists in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Awards for unpublished manuscripts, and RITA awards for published manuscripts. Members of the RWA Board have the very pleasant task of contacting the finalists by phone to notify them, although its…

Reading group notes

Although reading itself is a solitary activity, there’s a phenomenal range of social activity around reading. People talk about books with friends and family, lend books, comment on or review books in blogs and online forums, and many, many people are members of book clubs or reading groups. Reading groups vary from group to group,…

IASPR conference

Just a quick post to report in from Brisbane. The IASPR conference is going brilliantly – and it’s wonderful to be spending time with people and discussing the genre and books in general. There’s been some great papers, including two very different critiques of the Twilight books, which have generated much discussion and thought. I…