Martin Springett: The River of Stars Suite

April 5th, 2014

englandfionavar1new7_thumbAs any book lover knows, the reading experience goes beyond words on the page. It starts with the cover, which can (when properly rendered) do more than attract potential buyers. In the hands of a master, a good cover – like any work of art – informs in subtle ways . . . [Read more at The 21st-Century Scop].

What Are You Reading?

March 10th, 2014

51svcQo8sFL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_If you’re like me, you have a number of books going at once. Maybe there’s a hardback open on your nightstand, a paperback waiting in your briefcase, an ebook queued up on your digital device. There’s simply too much out there for b00k-at-a-time reading, and having so many books going at the same time means I’m always making and looking for recommendations.

Last week I finished Yann Martel’s genre-bending Life of Pi. This week I’m wrapping up K. J. Parker’s political fantasy Devices and Desires. And next week (sooner, if I can swing it) I plan to dive into Jon Sprunk‘s Blood and Iron, a book that is already getting some amazing buzz (check out the review at i09). The novel is already queued up on my Kindle, ready and waiting.

So how about you? What are you reading? My comment box and FB page are open, and I’m always looking for recommendations.

Back to Riley’s

February 9th, 2014

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASt. Patrick’s Day is coming, and I’ll be celebrating with three shows at Riley’s Pour House on February 15, March 7, and March 15.

That March 15 date will be part of Riley’s block party. If you attended last year’s event, I’ll hope to see you again this time around. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to drop by. A better party is not to be had anywhere this side of the Blasket Islands.

The ramp up begins this Saturday. Hope to see you there.

Sláinte!

Chris Shearer: Celebrating The First

January 13th, 2014

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA When working on important projects, I like to pull the plugs as much as possible, disengaging the social media distractions that (for me at least) tend to derail the creative process. As a result, this is my first post since November. But it’s for a good cause.

This week took me back to Greensburg for the Writing Popular Fiction residency at . . . .

[Read more at The 21st Century Scop.]