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Guest Blog Post from Artist Irwin Weinberger

21 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

Seeking True Expression In my search for a place to exhibit my artwork I came upon a quaint little gallery in a bookstore. Nice white walls with spotlights and a room to accommodate 20 to 25 paintings. “Sign me up,” I said to the manager in charge. That left six months to put together a show of my very best work, which I hadn’t yet created. I already had a few paintings in mind but really had no idea how I was going to manifest them. My plan was to paint pictures of flowers. Large, small, wild, bright, sensual. A…

Book Trailer

17 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

Yesterday I posted about working with Milan on the book trailer for Echo Still. Have you heard of this phenomenon—the book trailer? I hadn’t until Milan, who is much younger and cooler, showed me one last fall. A book trailer is basically like a movie trailer but for a book. Here’s one I like: Just After Sunset. I was completely enamored of the idea from the first I heard of it, but evidently, not everyone thinks it’s a great trend, this use of visual culture vid-bites to try to draw people to old-fashioned novel reading. According to a recent New…

Cover Artist, Book Trailer, and Voice Actors

16 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

As much as I resisted the idea of publishing my novel independently, I’m having a ton of fun preparing for the launch. Yesterday I had a phone meeting with a fantastic graphic designer re: the book’s cover. After which Milan Aviles (who is directing) and I hit on a new idea for how to handle our book trailer. And that conversation lead to using Facebook to crowdsource some voice actors for the trailer. It’s just a ton of fun. It also feels like a lot of pressure. With no publishing company’s editor telling me what to do, the buck stops…

Guest Blog Post from David Qua

09 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

I am delighted to introduce Read My Story’s first guest blogger, David Qua. David, who has taught history in a number of independent schools over the past two decades, has developed a very successful blog about teaching. I asked him to share his experiences creating this blog. Thanks DQ!   ***   I created my blog, A History Teacher’s Toolbelt, back in September 2013 with the hope that it would help me to think more deeply about pedagogy. At the time, I had made the decision to take a year off from teaching to spend time with my family, but…

Revising a Novel 101

01 Apr 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

A few weeks ago I posted about how fantastic it was to have a local book club read a story collection I thought I was done with. Well, there was one drawback: after 45 minutes of madly taking notes on their discussion, I realized I had some more work to do, and I figured it made sense to strike while the iron was hot, which means that while that collection is now a little better than it was a month and a half ago, I lost a month’s worth of momentum on revision of my current novel. Alas. As of…

A Writer Needs Readers–Real Readers

17 Mar 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

A friend recently gave me the most marvelous gift: her book club read my not yet published story collection, and I got to attend the meeting! It was the most amazing experience. For the first 30-40 minutes–at my insistence–I was a fly on the wall, just listening intently and madly taking notes. What a pleasure it was to hear eight intelligent, passionate readers engage with my stories the way I imagine they might engage any other book they read. It goes without saying that a writer needs a small number of fellow reader/writer friends who will regularly serve as early…

Revising A Novel 101: Day 30

13 Feb 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

Thanks to a fantastic student I’ve been working with, I’ve been doing a deep dive into contemporary Japanese novels. Loads of great stuff. And it’s influencing my thinking on But Also the Brave. When I began drafting the novel I was saturated with Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and my thinking about But Also was thus expansive. Having just read a few wonderfully slim Japanese novels in a row, I find myself drawn to boiling down rather than beefing up. We’ll see.   Photo By: Milan Aviles

Revising a Novel 101: Day 29

12 Feb 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story

So I’ve been trying to follow Stephen King’s advice in On Writing, which goes something like: 1) write the first draft as quickly as possible, 2) let it rest for six weeks, 3) read the entire first draft in a single day. Well, finally, on Day 29 of this first revision phase, I’ve completed a read through of the entire manuscript. Given that King’s average novel is about ten times the size of mine, I’m not quite sure how he gets through the MS in a single day, but then again, nobody gets hacked to bits by a psycho in…

Revising A Novel 101: Day 22

06 Feb 2014, Posted by Tim Tibbitts in Read My Story, Uncategorized

How I Came to Be Writing This Novel Stealing family stories as the blueprint for a novel is a form of cheating.  You take a deaf grandfather who is afraid of flying and you ask “Why?”  You take the old pump organ that sat in the basement for two decades after his father died.  In those two decades dust accumulates around that organ, but not only dust.  Memories and stories also gather themselves, gossamer cobwebs barely perceptible at first, but over time, while people are living their lives, graduating from school and college, getting married and making babies, the dust…