Booknotes: Favorite Writing How-to Books Part 6

Last month, I shared three free writing how-to resources in the form of podcasts. This month, let’s look at more free online resources — in the form of online blogs/websites. While there are way too many blogs and websites out there related to almost every aspect of writing beyond just craft, I am listing below only those related to craft and only those which, over the years have been my frequent go-to sites. This is not to say I have not found other many useful ones through google searches or recommendations from other writer friends. But, well, sometimes, you get hooked on a particular kind of advice delivered in a particular kind of way, right? Continue reading Booknotes: Favorite Writing How-to Books Part 6


Weekend Poem: The War Collection

Recently, some very disturbing news has been flashing across our various screens about happenings in Gaza. We watch and listen and read, our minds not fully processing what’s actually happening, even though there is no shortage of “expert analysis” from every possible corner. Here are three poems from our Weekend Poem archives that describe war in very personal and impactful ways. Continue reading Weekend Poem: The War Collection


Marginalia: Gender Balance in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Earlier this year, a friend forwarded this rather good article from Bitch magazine. It makes a lot of excellent points about the true impact of movies that glorify the “greed, amoral excess, and misogyny” of Wall Street excesses with the degree of realism and authenticity that Scorcese, DiCaprio and Team have done. I was nodding all the way through till this last bit about how the movie could have stayed true but less gender-biased: Continue reading Marginalia: Gender Balance in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Literary Tumblrs (hat-tip to The Millions)

tumblr-logoTumblr has a mixed reputation as a micro-blogging site. The major demographic is <30 years of age. However, a lot of great authors and bookish sites have Tumblr blogs. And, for people who don’t want the split-second pace of following Twitter for bookish news, Tumblr offers a simple, easy option with their dashboard feed.

Storyacious started out as a Tumblr before migrating to a full-fledged site. So, in honor of that birth, here are 30 fun and interesting ones that Storyacious follows and we welcome you to discover. Pick and browse through these at your leisure. If you like any, it’s easy enough to sign up for a free Tumblr account and “Follow” them. You can also “Like” posts to save them for future reference. Continue reading “Literary Tumblrs (hat-tip to The Millions)”


Marginalia: The Art of True Crime Reporting

For a few years now, a local law enforcement officer, Sergeant Jennifer Shockley, in the remote Alaskan town of Unalaska, has been logging crime complaints on their local public radio station site as a way of keeping the community updated. Soon after its inception, the KUCB Police Blotter  had gone globally viral because of her unique wit and wordplay in relating these reports. To set … Continue reading Marginalia: The Art of True Crime Reporting