One of my favorite ways to buy books — besides indie book stores with used sections, of course — is at library book sales. If you go on the last day or two of the sale, you can load up on books for amazing prices. I found some sales where the books were going for […]
Last week I read an excerpt from my novel-in-progress at the Philadelphia Stories Winter 2018 issue launch party. I had a great time–I’ve been working on this project for a while, and it was exciting to finally share a little piece of it. It was also wonderful to meet other writers, artists, and literature lovers […]
Read 68 books this year. I’m recommending 44 of them. Audiobooks are critical. Between work, graduate school, and writing a novel, I don’t really have time to sit down and read. I’m also worried about straining my eyes, since I already stare at computers and paper so much. I still read the occasional print book […]
Calling all central Minnesota writers and readers! Join me this Thursday for a writing workshop and reading at New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in New York Mills, MN. Here’s the workshop description from the Cultural Center’s website: Join author and visiting artist Emily Eckart for an interactive writing workshop. After discussing basic elements of […]
It’s publication day! You can now buy Pale Hearts on Amazon. There’s a paperback for those who love the printed word, as well as Kindle version for ebook enthusiasts.
Looking for a publisher? Here are some independent publishers that accept submissions of fiction. Note that for most of these publishers, you first submit a query, synopsis, and sample chapters. If they are interested, they will ask for the full manuscript. Some small publishers have started hosting contests with substantial reading fees. The winner of […]
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert–This is a pleasingly ambitious historical novel about the life of a nineteenth-century female botanist. It seems cliche to use the word “sweeping,” but that really does describe the experience of reading this novel. It deals with science, love, family, and perhaps most strikingly, female sexuality, all within […]
Go online with a specific goal in mind. Stick to it and then get off. Set social media time limits. My goal is fifteen minutes a day or less. That’s enough to post something, check your notifications, and get off. Even better, go on social media only every two or three days. Turn off […]
Consuming one thing makes you want to consume all the things. It’s not enough to read one or two news stories about an event or person; you have to read all of them. You find yourself thinking about social media even when you’re not it. You think of tweets or pictures to post even when […]
Back in December, I published an op-ed in the Washington Post on the importance of the humanities. Today I spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio about why humanities matter and why we should encourage students to follow their interests. You can listen to the interview here.