By now, you probably know that (starting Aug 7) I’m moving my monthly newsletter (All About Thyme) and my blogs (LifeScapes, BookScapes) to Place & Thyme, on Substack. The books and resources will still be right here, of course, and I’ll cross-post here a couple of times a month. But community sharing is easier and more private on Substack than it is on the open web. I’m looking forward to the move.
Over the years, I’ve posted only occasionally to BookScapes, and on Substack, I want to do more. I’ve thought of lots of options and possibilities—now, I’d like some feedback from you. Here are some of the ideas I’ve been playing with.
Book reviews, book sharing, reading group. On BookScapes, I’ve written about books I found interesting, like Tom Hanks’ recent novel, as well as interviewing authors whose work I especially appreciate. Over on Facebook, I’ve been hosting a Saturday book party, where we trade reading lists. At Story Circle, I’ve hosted book groups, where we read a book and discuss it. Would you like to see more of this? If we created a reading group (a book a month or every couple of months, with online chat), do you think you might participate?
Writing. Yours. I’ve written a book about the memoir process (Writing From Life), compiled a collection of writing prompts, and taught a gazillion writing courses for the Story Circle Network. a women’s writing organization I founded in 1997 and which gains more energy every year. Anybody interested in prompts, writing how-to, ways to explore your writing interests?
Writing. Mine. Each of my book series (Pecan Springs, Darling Dahlias, Cottage Tales, Robin Paige, Hidden Women, the early YAs) has a backstory and an inside story. If you’d like to know more about the books, I’m glad to share, if that’s your pleasure.
Publishing. I started writing commercially in my early twenties. Over the decades since, the publishing universe has experienced tectonic changes—more changes, really, than at any time since 1440, when Gutenberg invented moveable type. I typed the first story I sold on a pre-WW2 Royal typewriter, before the word “pixel” was invented. I submitted it through the U.S. mail, before the internet was anything more than the bright idea of a handful of scientists wanting to share their research. Now, a new technological change seems to come along every ten minutes. How have these changes affected writers, readers, publishers? Want to explore some of that?
New writing. I’d like to spend more time on short fiction, maybe spinoffs from the series (Dahlias, Pecan Springs, Hidden Women) as well as other things. I could share it in serial form. Interested?
Your turn. When you have a minute or two, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see in a regular edition of BookScapes, over at Place & Thyme. You can either use the comment space below or the contact page. And if you haven’t subscribed to Place & Thyme, now might be a good time to do it.
Reading note. A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.–Samuel Johnson