J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Chair Sold At Auction

UPDATE: The Harry Potter Writing Chair Sold for $394,000!!! The chair where J.K. Rowling sat and wrote the first two Harry Potter novels is up for auction. This is the chair on which the author wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone outside of the U.S.) as well as Harry […]

Harry Potter author JK Rowling shares rejection letters from publishers

JK Rowling has published rejection letters where publishing bosses suggest she go on a writing course and pop into a ‘helpful book shop‘ for a novelist’s guide. The best-selling author was pitching her first novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, under her Robert Galbraith pseudonym when she got the replies from Constable and Robinson and Creme de […]

Amazon’s Book Store – A Winner?

With Barnes & Noble showing decreasing book sales and closing more book stores, Amazon’s pilot book store is showing promise that print is not dead. Amazon has almost perfected a shopping experience for browsers — and I mean human, not web. Four months after the first Amazon Books physical store opened in Seattle’s University Village, Amazon […]

Goodbye Tom Clancy and Breaking Bad

October is a great month to prep for The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It’s a time to find or develop a story idea. I’m in the choosing stage. I have several ideas, and I need to figure out which one I want and can develop into a full-fledged novel. What’s your basic story idea? From the […]

A Tribute to Elmore Leonard

At 7:15 this morning, as I sat watching ABC News fawning over little Prince George, another one of my favorite authors breathed his last. The master of the Crime Thriller – Elmore Leonard passed away at the age of 87, two weeks after having suffered a stroke. Mr. Leonard was a prolific author. He was […]

‘I Am Legend’ Author Richard Matheson Dies at 87

My knee-jerk reaction to the news that Richard Matheson had died was slight shock and sadness. I then thought, he lived a long and productive life, one to be admired – if not envied. The news touted him as the author of I Am Legend, which was a great book and were made into pretty […]

Summer is about Change…

How’s your summer been? Busy like everyone else’s I bet. Summer is all about being, doing and going all things and places we don’t do during the school year – even those of us without kids in school any longer. Summer time is also about changes. Remember being in school going into the summer then […]

In Tribute to Ray Bradbury

Today story writing takes a back seat as I pay tribute to Mr. Ray Bradbury, who passed away at the age of 91, on June 5th, the same day I finally announced to the world “I am a writer.” Tonight his ever hopeful IBM Selectric typewriter now knows Ray will never regain the motor skills […]

Encyclopedia Britannica Ends Print Run

Reuters reported today that after a 244 year run, the Encyclopedia Britannica will stop printing its multi-volume sets. It’s the end of an era, but to be honest – I had no idea they were still printing them! I essentially forgot about EB when Microsoft Encarta came as part of a bundle when you bought a new […]