Category Archives: Book-related personal narratives

The Prodigious Hickey: An Acquisition (by Bethany)

Today I have absolutely nothing to say about Diana Gabaldon. Don’t worry – I’ll be back soon with my thoughts on Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (which is picking up, by the way). But for now I want to … Continue reading

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Reading for Page Views: an evolution of a philosophy of book blogging

I have less than two hundred pages to read in The Book Thief, and I don’t have much to say about it right now.  I am in 1943, and the war has come to Molching in the form of air … Continue reading

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It Appears I’ve Gone Soft: Reflections on an Evening with Diana Gabaldon (by Bethany)

Last night, after a quick picnic dinner on the most beautiful community college campus I’ve ever seen, my friend Kate and I went to hear Diana Gabaldon speak about her writing. I’m not especially proud that I read Diana Gabaldon, … Continue reading

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A Reading List for Introverts (by Bethany – Part I, I hope)

I took a four-day narrative writing workshop in February, and the instructor (who was excellent) had a collection of aphorisms he suggested we use when we write. One of them was “Don’t isolate your characters.” In other words, characters should … Continue reading

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Yarn Along, And Thoughts on an Anniversary

Unfortunately, today’s Yarn Along post does not include a photo. This is ironic and funny given some of the things I wrote below about technology – but the bottom line is that I can’t get my phone to send the … Continue reading

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Some teenage angst and some reflections on having graduated from high school twenty years ago

Tomorrow marks twenty years to the day since our high school graduation. I have always remembered the date: 6/4/94. I even used it as my password for the phone-in class registration tool we used at Davis in the nineties. I … Continue reading

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Juvenilia

Look what I just dug up: this book review I wrote when I was thirteen was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 26, 1989. I was paid $15, which is more than anyone around THIS place ever pays … Continue reading

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