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  • 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
  • Book groups are like snake oil

    Both sound tempting and address issues other than the one you intended. Of course, snake oil only answers the question of what to do with a portion of your money. The right book club can update you as efficiently as the internet (but with no ads and no Kardashian stories). As menu planner/cook/host for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-21-2011
  • 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
  • An immovable feast

    At the library, we're accustomed to folks looking less confused after we provide an answer. Last Wednesday, however, our response seemed to generate more questions. We'd publicized our annual City employees' lunch in the usual ways, but a number of customers were still caught off guard. "You're...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-07-2011
  • 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
  • What's highly visible but transparent?

    Browning lawns, fuel price locators , and political debates are signs of the times. I encountered another one last Friday. Registering for the district Texas Library Association meeting in Georgetown, I was startled to spy many, many empty chairs--and I'd arrived just in the nick of time. Skimpy...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-24-2011
  • Words of a feather

    If you're lucky enough to enjoy windows and natural light at work, you appreciate any vista from the world beyond fluorescent ceilings. A couple of days ago, a colleague pointed out an especially wonderful sight. Parked across the street sat a spacious Cadillac, custom-painted a deep pink with coordinating...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-14-2011
  • I'm with the banned

    Even serious topics like Banned Books Week (9/24-10/1 this year) lend their share of humor. A fellow librarian at Saturday's book group reported that some customers responded to her Banned Books display with a horrified, "I didn't know these were outlawed at our library!" They hadn't...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-07-2011
  • 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
  • Keys to the city include control, alt, and delete

    You've heard the same travel advice I have: take along a supply of water to prevent dehydration on a long flight; make photocopies of your passport; allow an extra hour at the airport for international trips, etc. I followed most of it, too, though unfortunately not the bit about packing an extra...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-24-2011
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