book reviews / research / writers resources

Book Review: Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors

Bryson’s Dictionary for Writers and Editors by Bill Bryson My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews If Bernstein’s the acknowledged expert on English grammar, Bill Bryson is the most famous living expert who share’s his knowledge with a pinch of humility and humor. I met Bryson reading his Short History of Nearly … Continue reading

research / Setting / writers resources

How to Virtually Visit a Location You Can’t Drop In On

I was chatting with my friends over at Crimespace, the Ning for Crime writers, and it came out some of them hadn’t discovered Google Street View. This Google Earth device has become one of my strongest tools for enriching scenes, adding fascinating detail about my novel’s setting and authenticating the areas to which my characters … Continue reading