Season 2, Episode 024: Call the Shots

Guilliean reads her original monologue of the same name. Stream it and read along with the text! Okay, so you think you know my story right? You think you know, but you have no idea. You see the stuff I post on social media that makes it look like I…

The sounds of narration in 118 words

By adding sounds to your writing, you can make descriptions more vivid and create a more immersive experience for readers. Whether you want to add subtle richness or build suspense and tension, narrating sounds can help achieve your goals.

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

The novel was published in 1920 about 1870s New York society. It’s fascinating how one look, one casual phrase, could destroy a person’s entire reputation. I think that’s still true, but we can start over somewhere else and bounce back for the most part. If someone is ruined (the Beauforts,…

Remember Me by Mary Higgins Clark

When I was a little Gilly, my Ma got roped into a Reader’s Digest Condensed Books subscription. This novel appeared in vol. 217 in 1995 when I was 12. I didn’t have the luxury of attending the library often as a child. Going to the library was a treat because…

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

I bestowed Ray Bradbury with the honorary tile of being the grandfather of my literary aesthetic: cinematic absurdist. I found an essay (an interview, really) in this book where he states “All my stories are cinematic. … I may be the most cinematic novelist in the country today. All of…

You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore

A Dirty Job (paid link) was my first Moore novel because I bought the e-book on sale. That novel inspired one of the short stories in my thesis, Electric Angels. It taught me that even if there are rules and your characters are the only ones who know how it…

The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker

You have cleverness, dexterity, and creativity—all of which powerfully combine when you are at risk—if you listen to your intuition. Gavin de Becker, the Gift of Fear I’ve meant to read this book for ages. I finally finished it with my Silent Book Club and burned through it during my…