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  • Cape ability

    If two people in your workplace showed up outfitted in superhero costumes (it's not Halloween) how surprised would you be? My sighting at the library did occur within a few days of trick-or-treat time. But the main point is that when I observed two Youth Services librarians thus attired, what first...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-07-2013
  • This November, success is in the bag

    If you hear an odd metallic noise anytime in November, just ignore it. It's the sound of literary standards being ratcheted down another notch. Under normal circumstances, we readers maintain the loftiest of expectations, which of course do not include cliché's, repetitive word choices, or plot...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-15-2012
  • Yes, Yoda, there is a "try"

    Those Texas Book Festival planners are geniuses. Imagine not only producing a weekend of superb literary presentations but also conjuring up October weather that feels like October? I, however, am not brilliant and consequently found myself at TBF with 25 precious minutes available for reading--and no...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-30-2012
  • Writing for amateurs, bowling for vampires

    Should I go with the classic "You like me, you really like me!" or the even more classic "Thank you, thank you very much"? Of course, my novel will deservedly never see the light of day, so my National Book Award acceptance speech is not a major concern. (However, if I ever need a...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-28-2011
  • All the good ones are taken

    And wh at's worse, the most popular and compelling ones have been matched up numerous times with others who are more glamorous and successful, so what hope is there for me? I'm referring to fiction plots, naturally. You've probably heard the argument that only seven plots can describe the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-14-2011
  • You can never have too much candy--or knowledge

    I awoke today in a state of terror, which, given that it's October 31, sounds appropriate. Potential visitation by hordes of zombies, ghouls, and sparkly princesses doesn't frighten me. (Running of out treats would be ghastly, but I always overstock.) No, it's National Novel Writing Month...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-31-2011
  • All hat and no titles

    "What are you, Queen for a Day ?" The customer was puzzled. Granted, my accessory choice for yesterday--a silver plastic tiara--may have been ill-chosen; other responses included "Aww, is it your birthday?", "Theeeere she is..." and "OK, Your Majesty, I've got a...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-30-2011
  • Please have a doughnut and take me to your leader

    Recently, my husband was startled to witness our phone announcing "call from City of Urrrr". A co-worker was attempting to reach me, thus the voice phonetically pronounced "City of RR". We agreed that City of Urr would be a great science fiction novel title. I'm not a frequent...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 08-13-2011
  • The most exclusive book club ever

    If and when I write my novel (did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month ?) I'll be thrilled if even one person deems it a "page-turner". Speed reading, however, isn't the sole indicator of reader involvement. Call me eccentric, but I can suggest a more significant benchmark...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-13-2010
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