Margaret Atwood: we are double-plus unfree

Our governments now treat us like cattle – governed by fear, we have surrendered too many of our hard-won freedoms. It’s time to recapture the territory we’ve ceded

Source: Margaret Atwood: we are double-plus unfree | Books | The Guardian

Margaret Atwood is one of my personal heroes.

A few recent links about writing and similar creative pursuits…

Stephen King asks: Can a novelist be too productive?

We are all artists now, though.

But if you don’t click on this story, the writer doesn’t get paid.

Gothic horror: We’re all mad here | Noir Femme

I try to define gothic fiction and why I love it so much: Gothic horror: We’re all mad here | Noir Femme

New book in my virtual library: After Alice by Gregory Maguire

I just read and reviewed Gregory Maguire’s new book, After Alice, a retelling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. (Beautiful cover, isn’t it?) Read the review on my book review blog.


Inspired by Austin Kleon…

I’ve decided to go analog and carry a notebook with me for recording my to-do lists, ideas, upcoming events, monthly goals, and the like, instead of relying on my phone or tablet. (See my last post.) Sure, it’s one more thing I have to cart around, but I carry a backpack purse anyway. I’ve noticed that it’s become harder and harder for me to remember what I need or intend to be doing, and I’m wondering if it’s because I’m not physically writing it down. They say that the act of writing–pen on paper–aids memory. And I know that when I’m making notes or getting my ideas out, I prefer to write them longhand first before typing them in the computer.

Besides, I love notebooks, don’t you? How do you keep track of what you need to do?

Review of The People in the Trees

I posted a review of The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara on my book review blog, Books Worth Reading. This is a dark book that really sticks with you.