LiteraryMinded is seven; Captives is born; writing-work balance

I missed my blog's birthday. For the first time. You can imagine why. Something else I've written has just been released, my tiny book of short fictions, Captives.  Actually, there's more to it than that. I haven't felt like I've had a proper chance to let publication wash over me, that now when I say to … Continue reading LiteraryMinded is seven; Captives is born; writing-work balance

LiteraryMinded’s fifth blog anniversary spectacular! (part five)

Terri-ann White asks: 'How often does a new writer blow your mind? Can this still happen when you are doing it as a full-on venture?' Often it's not a new writer but someone who is new to me. For example, I was just blown away by The Forrests by Emily Perkins, and now I want to read all of her books. … Continue reading LiteraryMinded’s fifth blog anniversary spectacular! (part five)

LiteraryMinded’s fifth blog anniversary spectacular! (part four)

Amy Espeseth asks: 'Has/how has your fiction writing changed since you started LiteraryMinded?' and John (Musings of a Literary Dilettante) asks: 'how has reviewing books helped your own creative writing?' Five years of regular writing—fiction and nonfiction—has made me a better writer. I hope I keep getting better. Five years of reading, close reading and reviewing, has … Continue reading LiteraryMinded’s fifth blog anniversary spectacular! (part four)

LiteraryMinded’s fifth blog anniversary spectacular! (part three)

Katy McDevitt asks: 'I’d love to know what your "big-picture" plans are for the blog—will you be blogging a book, for example?' I don't think I'll ever blog a book, that only really works for established authors like Max Barry (as with his novel Machine Man.) Video content is something I've been wanting to do for ages … Continue reading LiteraryMinded’s fifth blog anniversary spectacular! (part three)

LiteraryMinded’s fifth blog anniversary spectacular! (part one)

Well, LiteraryMinded is five years old today, with an average of 2.2 posts per week since she began. That's a lot of words. I've asked y'all to provide questions and prompts in order to spend the day writing a series of self-indulgent celebratory blog posts! Thanks so much for all the love. Here we go... Kathy Charles: … Continue reading LiteraryMinded’s fifth blog anniversary spectacular! (part one)