Category Archives: Writers

Fail!

I guess I’m just not tech-savvy enough to be a writer in today’s world. I tried creating a “secret page” on my website. I then posted links on my social media accounts. The idea was to draw readers to the secret page on my website. They’d then be able to click on Door #1 or …

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Month #2 of Reading Challenge

I  don’t want my readers to think that I have abandoned my self-imposed challenge to read at least 4 books a month throughout 2017. I posted a pretty extensive report of the books I read in January. I don’t have the time or energy to post as detailed a commentary on the books I’ve read …

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2016 Reading Challenge: I’ve NOT Given Up!

Earlier this year, I dove into the 2016 Reading Challenge with great gusto. I eagerly plowed through the different categories: Read a Book Published Before You Were Born, A Book That Has Been Banned At Some Point, etc. I was making such progress that I wondered if I was going too fast. I thought I’d …

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James Patterson “Cradle and All”

I’m not normally a big James Patterson fan (although the customers in the bookstore where I work can’t get enough of him). I just never quite got into the Alex Cross crime detective novels. I glanced at his “Middle School” series, aimed for Young Adults, and didn’t find them at all amusing. However, the cover …

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2016 Reading Challenge, Part 2 of 4

As promised, here comes Part 2 in my 4-part Series of the 2016 Reading Challenge! Today we pick things up with Challenge #4…     Read a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller. Since I work in a bookstore, I know my local bookseller very well… she’s my boss! She has been raving …

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Children’s Author Joseph W. Orobona

Author Joseph Orobona, a resident of Clayton, NY, recently visited us at The Reading Room bookstore. Joe is a former school superintendent from Long Island. He waited until retirement to begin publishing children’s books. So far, he has five titles in print: Bear in the Basket and Bear in the Bathtub, both charmingly illustrated by …

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Little Girl Blue: Remembering Karen Carpenter

  February 4 marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of singer Karen Carpenter. One half of the Grammy-winning duo, The Carpenters, Karen tragically succumbed to cardiac arrest, caused by complications from anorexia nervosa, at the age of thirty-two. Her unmistakable, dulcet, smooth vocals helped elevate easy-listening hits such as “(They Long To Be close …

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Happy Birthday, Mark Twain!

Today, we celebrate the birth, life, and career of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The beloved author was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. His family relocated to Hannibal, MO when Twain was about 4 years old. He was mischievous, often getting into trouble in school, much …

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Words of Inspiration

Recently I tackled a task I have long been putting off, which is sorting through my collection of Writers Digest magazines, which I shamefully hardly ever refer to, and start thinning down the stack. My motivation? I’ve been working on a new book, something that’s nothing like anything I’ve written in the past, and I …

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The Third Kingdom: An Animal Anthology

Recently, I got to participate in a project that was right up my alley as a writer and animal lover. I was one of a dozen authors who shared their talents in a book called The Third Kingdom: New Writings From The Animal World. A dozen writers, all from New York State, put pen to paper …

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