Cornelia Read's Blog (11)

A Shot in the Dark

By Cornelia Read

There's a topic I've wanted to blog about here for a long time, but it's pretty heavy stuff--not exactly the bright and breezy fare most people want to skim through online while sipping their morning beverage of… Continue

Added by Cornelia Read on March 27, 2008 at 4:36pm — 2 Comments

So, You Want to Write Noir...

By Cornelia

Does anyone remember now whether it was Fran Liebowitz or Nora Ephron who wrote the great series of quizzes with titles such as, "So, You Want to Be the Queen of England..."

and "So, You Want to Be the Pope..." (My friends call me: a)Sparky b)Bubba c)Supreme Pontiff)



Added by Cornelia Read on December 27, 2007 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

Soylent Green is Literary Fiction!

By Cornelia

So I hope you'll bear with me while I rehash the whole Genre vs. Literary thing for the bazillionth time, here. It's for a good cause, that being celebration of Doris Lessing's having won the Nobel prize for Literature--the announcement of which put the hugest smile on my face for days:

While it seemed to have made… Continue

Added by Cornelia Read on October 18, 2007 at 9:26am — 2 Comments

Woke up, Got out of Bed, Dragged a Comb Across my Head...

By Cornelia

I couldn't think of anything even barely approaching wit or profundity this morning, and as it's getting on in time here without inspiration, I thought I'd share a typical day's schedule of life here at the Chateau Ultra-Trashy.

4:17 a.m. Lila, who fell asleep in my bed the night before, wakes up and starts laughing in the dark for no…

Added by Cornelia Read on August 30, 2007 at 8:33am — 1 Comment


By Cornelia

A lot of girls who grew up to write mysteries first got hooked on the genre because they loved reading Nancy Drew as children. Nancy held no interest for me. I figured her friend George was entirely too latent, and Bess was just inane. Nancy's beau whatshisface was, meanwhile, a huge drag and lacking even the most slender iota of testosterone. Not… Continue

Added by Cornelia Read on August 17, 2007 at 7:05am — No Comments

The Agony and the Suckage-stasy

By Cornelia

The other day on Lee Child's forum, regular and Guinness-fond Reacher Creature Marcus wrote the following, in response to another poster's announcement that he had just finished the first draft of his first novel:

I think "What If" I wrote a book and "what…

Added by Cornelia Read on August 12, 2007 at 6:14am — 7 Comments

Cover Grrrrl....

By Cornelia

Yesterday I got sent a jpeg of the proposed cover for my next book, which I think is wonderfully spooky and PRETTY, in a dark angsty kind of way.

It got me thinking about what I like and don't like in book covers. Two of my favorites ever were designed for novels by Darcey Steinke, which is cool because I like… Continue

Added by Cornelia Read on April 5, 2007 at 9:41am — 16 Comments

I Married a Republican

By Cornelia

Considering that my childhood image of the Grand Old Party was that its members spent their abundant free time driving down America's freeways in huge cars, throwing their empty bottles of bourbon out the window while telling jokes about poor people, it seems counter-intuitive, at best, to have married one of them.… Continue

Added by Cornelia Read on March 29, 2007 at 9:11am — 4 Comments

D'yer Mak'er

Here's what I love most about Google: it lets you look up the derivation of things that you have always wondered about, and also quickly settle bets at dinner parties. Sort of like a cross between Space Food Sticks:

and the OED:

One thing I Googled while writing A Field of Darkness was… Continue

Added by Cornelia Read on March 22, 2007 at 7:29am — 5 Comments

So a Writer Walks Into a Bar...

By Cornelia

If you ever get to the point with writing where you feel that, as James

Joyce once said, "writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever

devised for sins committed in previous lives," here are some jokes to

cheer you up:



Added by Cornelia Read on March 15, 2007 at 10:49am — 8 Comments

Man Bites Book

By Cornelia [This is cross-posted from the group blog I'm Wednesday's posting child on, Naked Authors] As Patty and Paul have discussed here this week, there's been a depressing development on the book news front in recent days--the announcement that the L.A. Times plans to cut back its book review coverage. In an article titled "Scarcity of Ads Endangers Newspapers'… Continue

Added by Cornelia Read on March 8, 2007 at 11:52am — 3 Comments

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