I've written about Goodreads' Book Giveaways before. To say the least, I have ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, they're good publicity for the little guy (read: humble author) who's lost in a big jungle (read: the published world). On the other hand, the odds of winning (meaning you) are longer than a certain island … Continue reading Take the Free Book (and the Long Odds)!
Everybody loves freebies and, if you're a bibliophile like me, you especially love it when that freebie is a book. Welcome to the Goodreads Giveaway, a program where GR's reading millions can get in on some free action by simply registering for the many, many books that site offers for free consumption. Of course, giveaways … Continue reading The Tricky Ethics of Goodreads Giveaway Program
Here's my review on Dean Young's _The Art of Recklessness_. I read it because I could use a little shaking up. Hell, everybody can. Seems everyone's writing the same poem sixty-seven different ways (that look amazingly similar), my and self included. Young, who has a facility for flights and fancies, makes it look easy--then talks … Continue reading Dean Young on Reckless Poetry
*But if you did and took it, you'd probably be in first place thanks to this sneak preview. Nota bene: This quiz is for experts--that is, anyone who has ever read a poem (ANY poem, even "Roses Are Red--Still"). Having read The Indifferent World itself is not a requirement. It only helps a little, I … Continue reading You Won’t Find This Quiz on Goodreads*
As any parent knows, you don't play favorites among your kids. You can HAVE a favorite, of course, but you take that scandalous secret to your grave. If you have a toothpick of common sense, that is. For your children, circumspection is clearly called for, but what about your poems? Publish a book and people … Continue reading Playing Favorites with Your Own Poems