More Mental Floss pieces! Read ‘em all:
Speaking of Anne of Green Gables, my most recent article is all about the author of Anne of Green Gables, LM Montgomery.
Here’s an excerpt:
6. She wrote despite a lack of support from her relatives.
Montgomery’s family considered writing to be a waste of time, especially for a woman. So she worked in secret, even going so far as to smuggle candles to her room so she could write at night. As she said in The Alpine Path: “I struggled on alone, in secrecy and silence. I never told my ambitions and efforts and failures to any one. Down, deep down, under all discouragement and rebuff, I knew I would ‘arrive’ some day.”
I have an essay in the Spring 2014 issue of The Los Angeles Review. It’s called “On Shaping A Reader.”
It’s about my thoughts on directing my son Gideon’s reading, and how certain books–Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, etc–profoundly shaped who I am today.
If you want to pick up a copy, click here.
If you have AAA, check out this issue of Via Magazine. I have an article in there on the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa. It’s a pretty nifty place.
Have you been checking out all the awesome articles I’ve been writing for Mental Floss? Here’s a couple of the most recent ones:
Did you catch my book review in last Sunday’s San Francsico Chronicle? It was on Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon. If you missed it, have no worries: READ IT HERE.
Hey! I’m going to be speaking at AWP 2015 in Minneapolis this April. My panel is called “Yes, Writing Is a Job: People Who Get Paid To Write.”
Marcia Simmons, Ken Walker and Nora Maynard will be joining me. We’ll be talking about the ups and downs of being full-time writers. Here’s the official event description.
Yes, Writing Is a Job: People Who Get Paid To Write
Believe it or not, it’s possible to make a living writing. Four working writers from diverse backgrounds will talk about how they make ends meet through article writing, blogging, nonfiction books, and other projects. We’ll discuss how we get work, the financial realities of the publishing world, and our struggle to balance writing for money with creative endeavors that are closer to our hearts (but harder on our pocketbooks).
SO! I hope you will come see me speak in April. Come say hi if you do.
Did you catch my latest article in Mental Floss? It’s called 10 Crazy Creations of “Plant Wizard” Luther Burbank. It’s about white blackberries, thornless cactus, pitless plums, and the russett potato.
Even if you haven’t heard of Luther Burbank, you probably tasted his work the last time you ate a french fry. In the early 20th century, Burbank created over 800 varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. The “Plant Wizard,” as he was called, had a unique approach to horticulture that was part Darwinism, part Thomas Edison. And while his failures often sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, we’re still eating many of his creations—inventions?—today.
My most recent article for Mental Floss is 19 Rare Recordings of Famous Authors.
Click to hear recordings of Hemingway (he’s drunk!), F Scott Fitzgerald, Jack Kerouac, Flannery O’Connor, Virginia Woolf, and many more.
Did you check out my latest in Mental Floss? It’s called 10 Things You May Not Know About ‘Little Women.’
Here’s my favorite fact:
2. Little Women took only ten weeks to write.
Alcott began the book in May 1868. She worked on it day and night, becoming so consumed with it that she sometimes forgot to eat or sleep. On July 15, she sent all 402 pages to her editor. In September, a mere four months after starting the book, Little Women was published. It became an instant best seller and turned Alcott into a rich and famous woman.
And, unlike Robert Louis Stevenson, she didn’t even use cocaine!