Self-Editing: Bringing Out Your Best (Two Half Brains Make a Whole Writer) -- practical professional advice from Deborah J. Lightfoot, published author and gainfully employed editor. Drawn from the author's 25 years of experience in newspaper, magazine, and book writing and editing, this book offers nuts-and-bolts advice on fixing common errors: eliminating wordiness, using the active voice, etc.
"Four Star Funerals: An Anthology About Death" (in three parts: Memoir, Poetry, & Fiction) packs the emotional wallop of "Titanic," darkened with a dash of "Tales From the Crypt." This 10-author anthology about death and its aftershocks will sear your soul, make you laugh ... and ultimately help you heal, if you're haunted by a death that has upended your emotions in ways you never expected.
"Simple Green," by a semi-lapsed environmentalist, is a rumination on keepsakes and mementos and how best to Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle them after somebody dies and leaves all their stuff behind -- a life's residue, inevitably destined for the landfill, unless a sentimental collector intervenes. A personal essay/memoir by Deborah J. Lightfoot, author of the "Waterspell" fantasy trilogy.
Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, teenager Carin must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic--and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can't seem to decide whether to love her or kill her. Book 1 of a series--the story continues in Waterspell Book 2: The Wysard.
Beautifully written. I laughed out loud, and then I cried my eyes out. This memoir is by turns hilarious and heartbreaking. "Tuesdays With Morrie -- in Boots" is an apt description. My favorite chapter in this memoir is probably "The Duel," which I'll describe as Rocky vs. Apollo Creed, not in the boxing ring, but on the skeet-shooting range. Though I grew up in West Texas, not East or South Texas, the cultural references to the 1950s and '60s resonated strongly with my family's experiences. TRAVELS WITH GRANDPAW is an honest, authentic slice of Texas and Southern history, a window into a time that won't return again, but should never be forgotten. Highly recommended.
Hilarious! Deeply cynical, and spot on-target. Fresh-faced newbies might want to avoid this satire -- it will strip them of any delusions they might hold regarding the true nature of the publishing game. On the other hand, this "Dictionary" will shave years off a new writer's learning curve, turning newbies into the kind of seasoned veterans who will nod sagely at the Devil's definitions -- even while laughing their heads off. I'm reminded of Maurice Sendak, author of the famed children's book WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, who was recently quoted as saying: "It's [writing's] a waste of time. Publishing is vulgar and cheap, and they [writers] won't make a living." We all know it, and yet we do it anyway. THE LITERARY DEVIL'S DICTIONARY helps put our insanity into perspective. Highly recommended.
Highly entertaining. Suspenseful, and laugh-out-loud funny. I was completely engrossed, wondering how the characters would manage to extricate themselves. Very imaginative -- two thumbs up for this well-crafted short story.