Publishing News

The West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF) released its 21st Emerald Coast Review (ECR) featuring a record number of regional writers and artists, and I am among them! This anthology has been published biannually since 1989. The publication features quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, contemporary, emerging, and experimental works along with the best of art, graphic design andContinue reading “Publishing News”

Emerald Coast Review 2021

The West Florida Literary Federation (WFLF)’s Emerald Coast Review (ECR) has published the voices of regional writers in an anthology since 1989. This year marks the 21st volume. It is available for purchase on Amazon.  You will find Lori O’Gara’s contribution on page 116. It is a bittersweet memory of her childhood and a tribute toContinue reading “Emerald Coast Review 2021”

Why do you read Fiction?

There have been countless studies conducted as to why we humans read fiction. I am not going to talk to you about any of those. I could quote stats to you all day long, I am a librarian. Librarians love statistics. I am, against my nature, not going to quote any reading stats. If youContinue reading “Why do you read Fiction?”

Why Do We Read Fantasy Novels?

The Reality of Escapism Why are we drawn to the fantastical imagination of stories? Reading is the ultimate escape. By reading you can tune out the world. I have been known to not even hear what is happening in the same room that I am sitting in when I read. Escapism allows a reprieve orContinue reading “Why Do We Read Fantasy Novels?”

After the Rabbits

A Reading History When I was little it seemed most of my favorite stories had to do with rabbits. I read and reread the same stories over and over again. All of the Peter Rabbit stories by Beatrix Potter, The Velveteen Rabbit, Alice In Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh and others that in some way hadContinue reading “After the Rabbits”

Be a Free Reader

My TBR list plays nice. A librarian without a To Be Read list of books is unheard of where I live. A bibliophile without a stack of TBR books is a joke. A librarian without a waiting list of recommendations of at least one hundred books is a myth. That person exists where the unicornsContinue reading “Be a Free Reader”

The Way I See It

All us Facebook and internet voyeurs have seen this picture before. I stole it…um…borrowed it from Facebook. I like it because it is exactly how I see libraries, any small stack of books or randomly placed manuscript. There are unlimited possibilities to what you can discover, feel, learn, and experience in reading or listening toContinue reading “The Way I See It”