DH and I are visiting our daughter and her family at their beautiful new home on Amherst Island. (The photo above was taken on the ferryboat over and tweaked with the SnapSeed app.)

As well, inspired by the James Patterson MasterClass linked to below, I’ve (finally!) tackled my WIP outline again.

Here is my week in delectable links ….


Links for writers …

• I gobbled up this MasterClass course on writing by James Patterson. It was worth the price of admission. I’m not likely ever to be a reader of James Patterson novels, but I came away with a great deal of respect for him and his work.

• Here is literary writer Joyce Maynard’s account of taking James Patterson’s class: An Accomplished Writer Takes a ‘MasterClass’ from a Gargantuan Selling Writer. I agree!

• Readers of this blog will no doubt notice some of my ADHD tendencies. I know I’m not alone! The ADHD Guide to Writing.

• Because of said “tendencies,” no doubt, I am inspired by this image of the working desk of Robert Olen Butler (the author of one of the best books on writing, From Where You Dream).

  For both writers and readers …

• A great Paris Review interview with feisty writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

• Also on Ursula K. Le Guin: On ‘Starting Late’ as a writer. On this theme (am I feeling my age?): You’re never too old to write your first novel—especially at 40.

Links for flâneurs through history …

• Jane Austen’s reading list. Charmed to see Conduct Literature for Women on this list.

Link for Napoleonistas …

• Napoleon, Josephine and a giant bill for Cologne.

Have a great week!