Tuesday, September 29, 2009

dirty little secrets

so i was wondering what trash everybody likes to read - whats that dirty little secret book you keep stuffed under the bed...

i, for one, own 3 copies of twilight. (i hope that doesnt get me disqualified from the program) i also own the other 2 books - or is it 3? what can i say? i dig emo vampires with great hair and fast cars.

i always thought you could learn alot about a person by what they read on their off time. is anyone else willing to share?

Monday, September 28, 2009

Character Names


This morning, I stumbled on a page at babynames.com while looking for character names for my newest story. The article there has some really good information for naming characters, so I thought I would pass it along. And I just want to add that, if you need to find a surname, ancestry.com is good for that; and you could probably even search for "meaning of surnames" in Google and get some excellent results. That's how I found ancestry.com, although I've been there before.

Happy naming!


UPDATE: Surnames.behindthename.com is an excellent place to search for surnames! Houseofnames.com is also great.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My Baltimore Book Festival Adventure

Yesterday I attended - with other UB MFA friends - my first ever Baltimore Book Festival after my creativity class. It was exhilarating! I have to say I went a little crazy on the book buys - C'mon who can resist $1 books?... I left with a box of books, my filled backpack and my friend Mike's filled backpack (sorry Mike and thanks for helping me carry all the books :)

We walked from class and all scoped out the food as most of us were starving. I ate an avacado and crab taco (Yum!) while my friends chose quesadillas or hot dogs. Once we filled our bellies, we strolled the busy walkways leading us from one book tent to another. So many tents, so little time! At one point, we all ended up at a tent that portrayed Edgar Allen Poe's the Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allen Poe. A brilliant actor (I wish I knew his name) did a stunning portrayal of this chilling story.

Afterwards, our group split and I scouted for interesting book buys with Mike. We ended up making a detour up the stairs of Mount Washington. This in itself was an adventure as the spiraling staircase really only allowed one person through, yet we were constantly maneuvering our body into positions I didn't know it could do in order to let others go down past me. We made it to the top winded, and I hate to say it, disappointed. It was just as tight at the top as the whole staircase and they had four breakout windows that provided one - to two people a view at each window. The view was beautiful as you took it all in but the walk up wasn't worth the view. After we regained our breath, we made our way back down. I had shaky legs the rest of the afternoon...

What I enjoyed most was meeting several independent authors, two of which I bought books from: The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady and Identity Crisis by Debbi Mack. I look forward to reading these books.

I would have enjoyed staying longer and perusing more books and talking with more authors but between the shaky legs and the rain, I chose to end my book festival adventure. I do look forward to next year's book festival.

I would enjoy reading other's experiences of the Baltimore Book Festival either in the comments to this post or through a new posting.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Baltimore Book Festival

Baltimore Book Festival  - This weekend!

Mount Vernon Place
600 Block North Charles Street

Sept. 25-27
Fri. 12 - 8 pm
Sat. 12-8 p.m.
Sun. 12-7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Twitter Story

I have started a Twitter experiment. I would be interested to see if we can create a story on Twitter - in 140 characters or less. If you would like to participate, log on to Twitter (or create a Twitter account to log on) at http://www.twitter.com/ .

Once you logon, follow our twitter at www.twitter.com/TheLiquidPen.

Some directions for these Twitter postings:

1) The 140 Characters posting needs to move the story forward
2) Always finish your posting with #story so we can all follow the story chronologically through http://www.tweetdeck.com/ or http://www.tweetchat.com/
3) First Post has started the story: When I think of what I did last night, I shiver #story.

Have fun with it!