"Woman will always be dependent until she holds a purse of her own."
—Elizabeth Cady Stanton


 
Writing

A Pledge of Silence: a survivor’s tale

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on December 11, 2013 | Leave a comment (0)
Having read two books back to back about World War Two pilots and nurses, I found only two similarities: They’re both fiction based on fact and they’re both about women. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg is funny and focuses on one of my pet peeves: how women rarely...

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Moon Beach Magic: a warning

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on November 8, 2013 | Leave a comment (1)
You’ll find a bit of everything in Moon Beach Magic by Natasha Alexander (aka North Carolina resident Nancy Gadzuk)—spirited characters (Shirley’s a hoot), a few necessary explosions, and descriptions of mouth-watering pastries that had me searching online for recipes to duplicate. Set along...

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Aristotle: developing a logical plot

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on May 20, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
When he wasn’t lecturing on philosophy, nature, politics, metaphysics and ethics, Aristotle was caught up in logic. He even applied logic to writing and expounded a strategy for developing a good plot. Aristotle modeled his strategy after the classic Greek tragedies which had a beginning, middle...

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Book research comes alive in Louisville

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on April 8, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
Last summer I took a combined research/pleasure trip to Maysville and Louisville, KY. I learned so much and had to get right down to fixing parts of my story that didn’t jibe with history. I may be writing fiction, but I want the historical parts to be as accurate as possible. I was...

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Best book On Writing

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on February 20, 2012 | Leave a comment (0)
I’ve read two books by Stephen King: Christine, a novel about a jealous Plymouth Fury, and On Writing, King’s combination memoir/teaching text. I read Christine because my husband had it in the house. On Writing came into my hands because writers I admire claim it’s “the best book on...

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NPR’s Best Books of 2011

Posted by Georgia Ann Mullen on December 20, 2011 | Leave a comment (13)
Of the dozens of books on NPR’s Best Books of 2011 list, I’ve read none. Seems I’m always a few years—or decades—behind. Among the many titles that caught my eye, several stand out, some for no other reason than the length of their titles. Take Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who...

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