5 Reasons why you should attend a writing festival

This is the second year I’ve served on the Board for the Stockholm Writers Festival, and the second year I plan on attending. The first year, I wasn’t sure if I should attend or not. Of course I wanted to support the festival in its debut year! But when I thought about me at the festival, I wasn’t sure it had enough for me. You see, I was under a false impression that I had to have a finished novel ready to be released into the world. I created this imaginary line I had to cross as an author before I should venture forth into the realm of writing festivals. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Why I Would Stop Reading a Book

DSC_1192For at least a year now, I’ve been interested in steampunk. Not interested in the way where I rush out and buy every steampunk novel on the market and start collecting old gears interested, but more of a mild curiosity kind of interest. I guess I’m beginning to flirt with steampunk. If I see an article across the crowded internet, I’ll throw a coy look its way. So when I read somewhere that no novel has brought more to the steampunk movement than The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, I paid attention. And when the Science Fiction Bookstore had a classics sale and sitting on the shelf like a prophetic sign was The Difference Engine, I snatched it up. That was August. I’m still reading this book (page 310, out of 383 pages). I don’t even know why it’s taking me forever to finish this book. Maybe it’s the language. British chaps are too nice. There’s all this, ‘Why, I do say, dear fella!’ going on and it’s driving me mad. Read more