Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

I’ve been following Guillebeau off and on for a few years now. I bought the digital version of $100 Startup (paid link) when it was on sale. I decided to support him further, and get in on the ground floor by getting the ARC (advanced reader copy) of his latest…

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Excellent book. I like to think of it as a post-modern film noir set in Tokyo, around two sisters named Eri and Mari. The story follows how their lives connect to each other, an old friend, an abused Chinese prostitute and the keepers of a “love hotel” that found her…

Me and Mr. Darcy by Alexandra Potter

American bookstore ninja/Darcy fangirl runs into Mr. Darcy in modern times on his turf. Hi-jinks ensue. It’s incredible the impact Jane Austen has had on literature and how many times writers have retold and redone her storylines over the years. I’m not a hopelessly obsessive fangirl, but I recognize her…

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

I first heard about the story from a Baby-Sitter’s Club book. True story. I think it was from one of Stacey’s books. So when I saw it at my used bookstore, Twice Sold Tales, I snapped it up for cheap. Patricia Ann Bergen is a 12-year-old Jewish girl living in…

Citizen Girl by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

This book chronicles the working escapades of Girl – unnamed because I am assuming the authors want us to know that she could be anybody, i.e., you and me. We follow her after graduation from college, subsisting in the Big Apple, and falling into the unemployed life predestined for us…

Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland by David Koenig

If you enjoy stories about the dark side of paradise — i.e., Disneyland, which is paradise as far as I’m concerned — this is a great read. I say that but I would that the multiple under-reported accidents at Disneyland was grating after a while. Like, really, how many accidents…

What you need to know about chopping up manuscripts

Discover why rewriting and editing existing content is crucial for consistency and coherence, and avoid common mistakes that can distract readers and reduce clarity in your writing.

Season 2, Episode 023: Pretty Things Distract Me

Guilliean reads her short story of the same name. Stream it and read along with the text! Miriam woke up with a start. The bedsprings squeaked as she yawned. The haze of sleep guided her eyes to Agnes. The bottle-blonde slipped on her black cotton top, blinking at her phone….