Writer's Block, Book Burnout and Podcasts

I periodically get in funks where nothing quite seems to "work" for me and I find myself reading three or four books at one time looking for something that will connect or get the juices flowing again; something that compels me to write because I want to get my opinion down rather than writing because I haven't written anything here for awhile.

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Okay For Now selected for NPR's Backseat Book Club

Kudos to NPR because Okay For Now is a great book.  Here is what I said about Wednesday Wars and Okay For Now back in 2011: Great stories, great characters, imaginative settings and clear writing make these two books great reads. I highly recommend them. What is the Backseat Book Club you ask? Here you go: If you’re a kid who likes to read, we want to hear from you! Every month, we’ll pick a Backseat Book Club selection. We hope you’ll read it and send in your questions. At...

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The Social Media Marketing Book by Dan Zarrella

Cover of The Social Media Marketing Book As I have noted before, the fine folks over at NetGalley operate sort of like an open bar for alcoholics. People who just don’t have enough books to read can get a hold of even more!  I kid, of course, as it is a very convenient way to get review copies without making your TBR pile even more of a fire hazard. Speaking of which, one such digital galley I picked up was The Social Media Marketing Book by Dan Zarrella. Since social media plays a...

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What are your book blog recommendations?

I asked the following question on Twitter and then realized the 140 character limit might make it hard to answer: What  are 5 book/literary blogs you think are under-appreciated? And 5 that you couldn’t live without? So consider this post a chance to answer the question with as many characters as you need. (Don’t be shy, feel free to recommend yourself.)

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The World According to Twitter by David Pogue

I am sure there are a few of you out there who have had to explain what exactly Twitter is and why it is worth the effort (or perhaps there are people reading this who are asking these type of questions themselves). Well, David Pogue (and his 500,000 followers) takes a shot at an explanation via example in The World According to Twitter.  Here is the publisher’s explanation of the book: New York Times technology columnist David Pogue has tapped into the brilliance of his half-million...

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