How to Stay Positive When You Are Still Unpublished

My hometown library graciously hosted a book selling/book signing for all the local authors. Library staff organized the event, marketed it—even provided donuts and coffee. It was free for the authors. Forty-five of us, dreamy and optimistic, tucked between book shelves and vending machines, with our books, flyers, and smart phone magstripe readers. I think…

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Virtual Tour of Poe’s Richmond

As part of the Poe Museum’s 2019 Birthday Bash, RVA on Wheels offered a trolley tour of Poe sites in Richmond, Virginia. I was enthralled for the tour and ever grateful to the outstanding guide from the museum. I’d like to recreate the tour for you, using my own photos from inside the trolley (sorry…

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Celebrating 210 Years of Poe

The Poe Museum celebrated Edgar Allan Poe’s 210th birthday on Saturday, January 19, with the “world’s largest” Poe birthday party. We made our way with many other Poe pilgrims to 1914–16 E. Main Street in Richmond, Virginia, to pay homage to the Raven Poet. Here follows some of my visual memories of the day. (Part…

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How to Make Your Christmas Book-worthy Victorian

Snowed under volumes of 19th-century research for my novel-in-progress, I wonder if you would like to learn with me about how Christmas was celebrated in the Victorian era. Oh, you would? Very good! You won’t regret it. As Tea & Scandal is a literary blog, we will be looking at this from a librarian’s perspective,…

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What Jack Reacher Taught Me about Writing

Confession: My name is Elle—serious novelist and book snob—and I read Jack Reacher thrillers. After finishing the latest (22nd!) Jack Reacher book, I wrote my own. Well, not exactly. Let’s leave that business to the master, Lee Child, who created the iconic Jack Reacher character. What I’ve written would be considered a parody of Jack…

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