Review: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott My rating: 4 of 5 stars I'd heard about this book for years, but hadn't read it because I generally prefer to read books about writing theory, rather than "writer-on-writing"/writer's journey books, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Lamott is serious enough about … Continue reading Review: Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

Review: How to Write a Sentence, by Stanley Fish

How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley Fish My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this book immediately after being disappointed by It was the Best of Sentences, It was the Worst of Sentences, so I may have been primed to have an overly enthusiastic reaction to a book … Continue reading Review: How to Write a Sentence, by Stanley Fish

Review: It was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences

It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences by June Casagrande My rating: 2 of 5 stars I was expecting something different from this book. The back of book blurbs used phrases like "wickedly funny" and "you'll laugh all the way to writing better" (the former is a sentence, I know,) … Continue reading Review: It was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences

Narrative Disorder Redux

The flattened boxes and packing material have finally been taken away, and everything except my desk, which was damaged and is being repaired and refinished, is in its new place, so I guess 'I'm still settling in' can no longer excuse a lack of blog posts. I find myself in the midst of a problem, though - about what should I blog? The plan was to do our best to treat Sydney as though it were Japan and continue to travel, playing tourist in our own land, and continue to blog about life as an ex-pat wife, hopefully hitting on the odd issue that could be helpful to someone. It seemed a good plan...

Review: Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach by Paul J Gulino

The first thing that struck me about this book is how very readable it is - the style is incredibly accessible and occasionally, in the film sequence-breakdowns, laugh-out-loud cheeky (though I loved The Fellowship of the Ring, after reading chapter 12, I would kill for his assessment of The Two Towers but that's just the … Continue reading Review: Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach by Paul J Gulino