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Are you ever late for something, like an assignment at school or an overdue library book, but instead of rushing to get it done, you just put it off even more? That’s probably just our weird neurosis. Anyway, that’s how I felt about this post: A quick recap of our busy last weekend – which we loved – at BlogHer. I was thinking of just shelving it, but there aren’t many occasions where you can watch Cool Mum dance around wearing a bag from a prominent fast food restaurant chain.


BlogHer kicked off Thursday with some special events during the day and a video keynote address from President Barack Obama in the late afternoon. I missed the Prez because I racing to finish my work since Friday and Saturday were completely booked. I made it in time for the Evening at the Expo, which started at 6pm.

Our main reason for attending BlogHer was to meet people. There aren’t many bloggers in our circles of friends, so we don’t usually have a chance to talk about the thrills and travails of spilling your life out online for the world to see. We wanted to meet some like-minded folk and have riotous discussions about analytics and RSS feeds. And we hoped for the slim chance that if people actually met us, they might be tricked someday into reading our blog.  Continue reading

I recently realized that to become a better writer, I needed to read more. My rotation of blogs and college football forums wasn’t contributing my skill at all (though I picked up some colorful ways to denigrate the fans of universities around the Southeast). So, during long commutes and a few sleepless nights, I barreled through an assortment of sci-fi, memoirs, and popular fiction.

Reading improved not only the way I wrote, but the way I spoke. It reinforced my overall command of language. That’s when I theorized that everyone should read books, even, or dare I say, especially parents. We all know the power of our words.

To help convince you to read more, I turned to Molly Young, a talented writer who reviews books for The Economist‘s Prospero blog. Molly has written for New York magazine, n+1, Details, and GQ, to name a few. Continue reading

Leading up to Christmas, I was feeling that my storytelling reserve was empty. It must have been all of those overlong, self-obsessed New York Story posts that I churned out. So during some free time during Christmas break, I stumbled upon this revolutionary new practice that would improve my vocabulary, fuel my imagination, and teach me from masters of the written word: reading.

I have rarely read for recreation. I read the Lord of the Rings series and a few books like it because, despite my looks, I am a big nerd. People usually mistake me for a small nerd, me being 5’5 and all.

I picked up some good deals at a used bookstore and Amazon. Since Christmas, I’ve read

  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
  • The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I spend at least an hour on the subway round-trip everyday; I have plenty of reading time. After looking for the strong points within each storyteller, I’ve felt refreshed when it comes to my own writing. Now I just need to put down some of these page-turners and start writing!

What kind of books or which authors do you like to read?