Boardwalk Empire, Hell on Wheels, and Copper are three great excursions into times we never knew and sometimes think we might prefer. I watch them all. But for the real thing, I read old National Geographics. These writers weren't looking for period authenticity. They lived them. Read more about Finding the Rainbow
An unprepossessing name for a prepossessing bookstore:
B. Brown & Associates
3534 Stone Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Inventory: Fine used and rare books, science fiction, horror, mystery
A few years ago, when The Year of the Crow was only five chapters long and sitting in an old dusty file somewhere in the house, I was thinking about other, quicker ways to somehow get off the ground writing.
There's no link to A Field Guide to Bookstores. I didn't finish it. Life reared its ugly head once again. But before it did so, I had managed to visit at least three quarters of the bookstores that were in Seattle in the late '90's. I even wrote an introduction:
IntroductionRead more about The Bookstore Project
I subscribe to three magazines: Parabola, Opera News, and The National Geographic Magazine. That's what it was called in 1911. I'm currently up to October of that year, scanning a piece on Brazilian coffee farms. Oh, I've got the latest issue on deck too - September 2012. But a few years ago, I saw an ad for the complete National Geographic. From 1888 to the present. Read more about The National Geographic Magazine
Ever since I self-published my first novel (click on book cover links to the right for further instructions), I have been encouraged by well-meaning writerly friends of mine to both write and read a writer blog.
Connect up with other writers, they said. Join the community. Get with the program.
So I did that, and here's what I found: writers write about themselves and, mostly, about their books. Writers want you to read their books. Here's a sample of the content on one other writer's site:
- Where to read about the book
- Where to buy the paperback
I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
Thus begins Isak Dinesen's classic Out of Africa (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books) .
I know now that I will never get to Africa. That journey would require a younger, stronger me. Perhaps it's all right that some things remain a dream. Read more about Dreams of Africa