Happy National Handwriting Day!

Every January 23rd, we celebrate National Handwriting Day. I know, what the heck is this national holiday about? In a modern context, it’s a day for us to encourage each other to step away from our screens and return to simpler times of pen and paper. It’s also a day we pay respect to John…

Happy Edgar Allan Poe Day 2021!

Poe is an enduring literary master whose work has been intriguing the world since the 1800s. He hasn’t just taught us how to embrace the darker elements of ourselves, he’s put into words the pain, fear, and all-consuming love we all experience. He lived an imperfect, controversial life marred by drug abuse, alcoholism, gambling, scandalous…

Happy Don Quixote Day! 1-16-2021

I wasn’t able to get this post out fast enough in the US but, I’m taking the time to pay homage, anyway; it’s a book every booklover should read at least once. It’s the second-most-translated book after the Bible for a reason! January 16, 1605 was the day Miguel de Cervantes gifted the world his…

It’s Universal Letter Writing Week!

Who haven’t you reached out to in a while? Given the universal pains we’re all going through because of COVID and more, it’s even more important to think about this question. So, who haven’t you reached out to in a while? Who comes to mind and why? January is the perfect month to reflect on…

Word Nerd Day 2021

Tomorrow we celebrate the beauty of words! Writers and editors recognize the unique challenge of arranging words just perfectly to form works of art that will be memorable to readers, but, words are important to everyone. We carefully select words to describe the jumbling thoughts we have in our heads. And thus is the beauty…

#2021LITYEARCHALLENGE

When I started my publishing career journey, I didn’t know what adverse effects it would cause: after a while, I couldn’t help but avoid reading altogether because it felt too much like work! I lost the spark somewhere, but, my 2021 resolution is to get it back so I’ll be doing a 2021 Literary Year…