No Time to Spare—Thoughts and Reflections

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin book cover
No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

No Time to Spare is the curated and collected blog posts of Ursula K. Le Guin. Thoughtful, fun, rebellious—Le Guin’s musings are all of these things and more. Le Guin began blogging in her eighties, and the collected posts run from 2010 to 2016. The posts aren’t in chronological order, but rather are arranged according to theme, in sections. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, scattered with musings on her new cat, many of Le Guin’s observations are even more pertinent now than they were when she wrote them. I thoroughly enjoyed No Time to Spare and recommend it to fans of Ursula K. Le Guin and to those who’ve yet to discover her. I’ve known about Le Guin for some time but this is the first book of hers I’ve read, and now intend to read many more.

More Podcasts for Writers

I’m about a quarter of the way through Dracula (the original book by Bram Stoker)—it’s longer than I remembered—and hope to review that next week or the week after. So in the meantime, here’s some more podcasts for writers.

1—I Should Be Writing

I Should Be Writing, a podcast by Mur Lafferty for beginning writers. It consists of Mur’s observations, interviews with other authors, and her own journey as a writer. It’s a clean podcast—no swearing—and only the backlist from episode 264 onward (at time of this writing) is available for free. If you want to go further back than that, you need to subscribe to Mur’s Patreon. But it’s a long running podcast, up to 414 episodes (again, as of this writing), so there’s a lot to sink your teeth into. Continue reading “More Podcasts for Writers”

Stuff For Writers

I’ve been into more non-fiction than fiction lately, so for those of you who are or who’d like to become writers, here are some resources.

1—Write Through the Roof

Write Through the Roof is a podcast where Australian author Madeleine D’Este interviews authors of all sorts and asks them questions, with the primary question being: what one thing took your writing to the next level? Continue reading “Stuff For Writers”

Yet More Tangential Links

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m still working on that doorstopper of a book, but I just forgot to watch a movie this week to review. So here are some more links to some of my favorite sites.

1—The Creative Penn 

The Creative Penn has an excellent blog and podcast. The podcast, which I’ve been working my way through in reverse chronological order, currently has over four-hundred casts, most of which are approximately one hour long. So a nice long listen. Continue reading “Yet More Tangential Links”

More Tangential Links

These are some of my favorite writing advice blogs.

1—Janice Hardy’s Fiction University

Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is a great place to get writing advice, with a nice list of subjects in the lefthand column, as well as a list of most popular posts. There are plenty of guest posts, and she also does a mini-series called Real Life Diagnostics where she diagnoses a real work in progress and answers the submitter’s questions. Continue reading “More Tangential Links”