Thursday, March 29, 2012


WRITING REFERENCE #1 - This post is the first in a series devoted to writing reference. Specifically, six articles and one video, go to the bottom of the post for a list of items. Beginning Writers Answer Book is an excerpt (taken from the book of the same title), that deals with rejection. It views this subject from the vantage of freelance writers with magazine articles. Which I realize is less relevant, with the decline of brick and mortar publishers, along with declining print media. However some of these ideas are universal. Such as, reading between the lines. You might infer ways your writing can be improved, based on a rejection or critique. Or, up to date research on editors and agents, to improve your submission’s chances for success.  
1.    Beginning Writers Answer Book
2.    Selling Your Work Online
3.    70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes
4.    Fiction Genre Descriptions
5.    How Do I Write & Sell Short Fiction
6.    Query Letter Clinic
7.    Online Tools for Marketing and Promotion

Thursday, March 22, 2012


LITERARY CRITICISM ON WHARTON - This post contains a snippet from a particularly scathing and somewhat humorous review. It comes from the New Yorker’s website; on the topic Edith Wharton’s 150th birthday.

NOBODY LIKES EDITH WHARTON by Elizabeth Minkel - If a book is good, does it matter how we feel about the author? Likeable writers regularly create abhorrent characters, but can the same be said of the opposite? In this week’s Anniversary Issue, Jonathan Franzen tackles the question. “To be rich like Wharton may be what all of us secretly or not so secretly want, but privilege like hers isn’t easy to like; it puts her at a moral disadvantage…She was the kind of lady who fired off a high-toned letter of complaint to the owner of a shop where a clerk had refused to lend her an umbrella. Her biographers…supply this signal image of the artist at work: writing in bed after breakfast and tossing the completed pages on the floor, to be sorted and typed up by her secretary. We can’t write her off as completely awful, because she did have one potentially redeeming disadvantage: she wasn’t pretty. A one-percenter like Wharton invariably reads as the product of a long-dead era, one in which conspicuous wealth could pass without judgment. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012


This post contains a free study guide for the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. With a synopsis, character list and map.

Ethan Frome Edith Warton Study Guide PDF

Thursday, March 8, 2012


Ethan Frome & SummerEthan Frome & Summer by Edith Wharton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

ETHAN FROME - Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a compact and highly effective novella. Wharton describes a tragically dysfunctional love triangle with deeply developed characters. The mood is starkly austere and bitterly cold; exploring the themes of morals and values. It’s a frame story; where the prologue and epilogue, written in first person, constitute a frame around the main story, written in third person. A key turning point in the novel is a “mash-up” that has enduring effects on the main characters. These individuals try to break away and then fall back into smothering frustration and despair. This story is in the public domain, as are all of Wharton’s works. Eathon Frome is her best known work and in my opinion a personal favorite.

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