Economics of Christmas . . .

For Your Information

The economics of Christmas lights – By Seth Godin –

Totaled Ferrari As a Coffee Table – By E-Junkie Info – – What else would you put in your coffee table?

How publishers gave Amazon a stick to beat them with – By Mathew Ingram – Gigaom –

What is Your Novel Missing? Strong Verbs, Unique Words – By The Writers Alley –

The Marvels And Messes Of A Month Of Writing – by Erin Morgenstern – npr –

How to Show (Not Tell): A Writing Lesson from John LeCarre – By Mary Jaksch – Write to Done –

3 Simple Steps for Staring Down Writer’s Block – By Mark McGuinness – copyblogger –


Quote(s) of the Day

The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story. – Ursula K. Le Guin

“To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.” – Anatole France



Writing Contest

Writing Contest – Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction – By Pen American Center – Deadline Dec. 31. 2011 –

Writing Contest – VCU Cabell First Novelist Award – Deadline January 15, 2012 –


Featured Book

Sci-fi/Fantasy – Republic of Thieves – By Author Scott Lynch – Coming soon for Christmas.

After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke’s own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke’s childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke’s life and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds Sabetha has just one goal – to destroy Locke for ever. The Gentleman Bastard sequence has become a literary sensation in fantasy circles and now, with the third book, Scott Lynch is set to seal that success.


Special Tribute

MCC Thrift Shops –  This charitable Mennonite organization focuses on meeting local needs for those who have less. –