Pat Bertram's Blog – November 2009 Archive (4)

Daughter Am I Blog Tour -- Final Week!

My Daughter Am I blog tour is winding down -- I have seven days to go (eight if you include today) and I don't know whether to be sad or to rejoice. Since my promotion motto is "Promotion is just another word for party," I decided to rejoice and have an end of blog tour party on the 22nd and 23rd. You are all invited, of course.



The most interesting aspect of the tour has been coming up with… Continue

Added by Pat Bertram on November 15, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Live Chat and Dead Darlings

This seems to be a slow weekend here on the Internet. I can never figure out where people disappear to or why. What could possibly be more fascinating than roaming cyberspace? :) I realize in some places the weather is too nice to stay inside, in other places it's too nasty to do anything online. Many writers are involved in National Novel Writing Month. Many others are busy procrastinating. And me . . . well, here I am, still virtually book touring.



Today's stops:



Beth's… Continue

Added by Pat Bertram on November 9, 2009 at 7:45am — No Comments

Raking the Leaves of My Mind

The other morning I was staring out the window at all the leaves on the ground, marveling at how so much come from almost nothing. A bit of water, a bit of soil, a bit of sun, and something exists where nothing did before. I cherish those leaves. There’s no lawn here, just native grasses, so I don’t need to rake the leaves. I let them finish out their natural cycle of replenishing the soil from which they came.



Looking at those leaves, I was reminded of written words, and how they… Continue

Added by Pat Bertram on November 7, 2009 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Writing Without a Reader Is Like Kissing Without a Partner

One of the guest stops on my Daughter Am I blog tour is the Second Wind Publishing Blog. I talk about a fan letter (well, fan email) I received, and cite a quote by John Cheever, “I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss — you can’t do it alone.”



Many writers don’t consider readers -- they write solely for themselves, or at least they say they do -- but often as I am writing a… Continue

Added by Pat Bertram on November 3, 2009 at 2:42pm — No Comments

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