17 | Shirley Jackson Week


Crime Time

That’s right, Lee and Eddie will be discussing one of the greatest horror authors to have ever lived, Shirley Jackson! The ever controversial short story “The Lottery” is the major topic of discussion. What makes it so creepy? We literally don’t know, but we do know you can listen to A.M. Homes read it on the New Yorker: Fiction Podcast available for free on iTunes! In fact, do that right now!

Lee and Eddie go head to head in yet another book vs book where neither has read the other! Will We Have Always Lived in the Castle win over The Haunting of Hill House? Are either really committed to anything other than victory? Were they both just happy to read some great books? Find out in this week’s episode!

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On Writing. Fiction

Good review.

Paula Cappa

On Writing. Fiction

Book Review and Commentary,  January 21, 2016


41O3ebvsQSL._AA160_ On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King is #15 (at this time) on the Amazon Best Seller List in Reference/Writing Fiction paperback books. With over 2300 reviews (3% having 1- and 2-star reviews posted by disappointed and angry readers), I found this book to have little value in “how to” actually write, but great value in the thinking behind King’s writing processes. By reading this book, you will not learn to write effectively or how to write horror stories, but you will learn King’s perspective on how his stories emerge and what he values for his creative writing adventures.

I have over twenty writing books on my shelf—twenty-five editing books. I’m always reading and studying writing books on story, plot, characterization, themes, narrative, and the mechanics of creating stories.

So, what is writing? King says it’s…

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The Farmington Writers Circle Meets February 11, 2016

imageThe next meeting of the Farmington Writers Circle will be on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. at Hastings Hardback Café on 20th Street in Farmington, New Mexico.  I will lead the discussion on establishing a blog and using it for publicity.  Everyone is invited to attend.  There is no charge and no membership requirements.  Please contact me via this website if you have any questions.  The Farmington Writers Circle is a group of local authors with an interest in publishing and marketing their works.  Authors of all genres are welcome.   If you would like to be on our electronic mailing list to be notified of upcoming meetings, please contact me.