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  • Ever been entertained and didn't know it?

    Since out-of-towners are coming to our place for Thanksgiving, we can safely state that we're having company. That potential assertion--that we'll be "entertaining" for the holiday--is sadly not a sure thing. We might overcook the vegetables, or choose activities for which our visitors...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-22-2010
  • It's a makeover, Charlie Brown!

    It was just like the little tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas , except with furniture. In pursuit of a low-cost item for the living room, I'd exhausted my usual shabby chic sources in Round Rock and on Craigslist. Determined to locate a downtrodden but sturdy fixer-upper, I tried Austin Furniture...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-13-2010
  • Yet another approach to smart eating

    I'm savvy enough to know two important things about zombies: (1) They don't specifically feast on gray matter or shuffle around chanting, "Brains! Braaaaaains!". That's an unfair (and fun) stereotype based on one of those .... Living Dead films. (2) Zombies have now officially topped...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 11-06-2010
  • Opting for the bare bones approach

    In a neighborhood festooned with 8-foot inflatable jack-o-lanterns, tree-borne fabric ghosts, and polystyrene tombstones, our house looks like the abode of the Halloween Grinch. Our yard is unadorned, bereft of its customary display, a life-sized bendable skeleton who would normally lounge on our front...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-29-2010
  • TBF or not TBF?

    Last weekend's Texas Book Festival was, in the words of local Barnes & Noble public relations manager Frank Campbell, "the perfect storm". Owing to ideal weather, immediate follow-up to ACL, and over 200 notable authors on site, TBF 2010 was pleasantly swarming. I've heard that...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-20-2010
  • 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
  • How green was my novel

    Those of you waiting for a library copy of Jonathan Franzen's new Freedom should know that I finished and returned it early. Nice though it would be to attribute this haste to virtue/consideration, credit goes to the author. As with The Corrections , Franzen's contemporary family epic delivers...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 10-05-2010
  • Read 'til you drop

    In hindsight, I view the inspiration as a convergence. That would technically be defined as a concurrence of ideas leading to a conclusion; however, personal experience teaches that it's really just the ability to recognize that notions I stumble across are better than the ones I'm trying for...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-27-2010
  • Desert island essentials

    We couldn't afford the kind of publicity that famed film director Werner Herzog offered for free a couple of days ago. In an NPR interview I heard while driving to work, Herzog advocated "Read, read, read." He further pronounced that "Those who watch television or are too much on the...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-17-2010
  • A genealogist, a rector, and a killer walk into a plot...

    You've surely heard those "what was I thinking?" confessions from publishers: the agent who rejected Gone With the Wind , the editor who judged Harry Potter too derivative, etc. I have one of those stories, and I'm not even in the publishing biz. Not long into my assignment as fiction...
    Posted to Reader's Exchange (Weblog) by Linda Sappenfield on 09-10-2010
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