Nora Ephron Made Movies

To some it may seem like a small thing, but it’s not: Nora Ephron made movies. In an industry where M. Night Shamalamadingdong can continue to get movies financed despite making some of the worst movies ever, women continue to be seen as “too much of a risk” to gamble on. It boggles the mind….

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Jean Craighead George

I was saddened to hear of the death of Jean Craighead George yesterday. I think Liz Hand first published a link on Facebook, but loads of others shared the news with the same feeling of loss for her absence and joy for her vivid adventures of the outdoors. One of my former students said she…

Friday’s Forgotten Books: The Life of Christina of Markyate

I don’t think there’s much chance of overlap with this week’s choice. The life of a twelfth century recluse: it doesn’t scream popular appeal, I suppose. But it should! A fascinating story and an early biography of a woman in a time when few but kings and saints got their stories told (fortunately at least…

Review: Hunger Games

Big thanks to the lovely Maura who’s off in London Inverness (hopefully winning an Eagle for Jennifer Wilde next month) who not only persuaded me to head out to see the film, but introduced me to the swank G Hotel, a remnant of the Celtic Tiger where some fabulous drinks in classy surroundings  were to…

Writer Wednesday: Danielle Ackley-McPhaill

Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for over sixteen years. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books. Her published works include four urban fantasy novels, Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, the upcoming Today’s Promise, and The Halfling’s Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. She is…

BitchBuzz: Women’s Dangerous Desires

Just a tad bit too late to make it into the column, two news stories today: HarperCollins has a new erotica imprint, Mischief, and the Wall Street Journal has another gasping-for-the-shock-of-it story about what women read on their Kindles (oooh, scandal!). All this frothing shows the ultimate futility of the attempts to stuff women back…

Women’s Day, Con-Eire & BitchBuzz

Happy International Women’s Day! A day to celebrate and a day to chastise because there’s a long way to go yet and I’m getting more than a little impatient at fighting the same battles I have fought since childhood. There has been progress, I remind myself, but there’s a long way to go until NO…

AudioBoo: Moths

One touch easy recording, that’s what an Audio Boo claims to be. So I had to try it out on my new shiny toy. This is a poem that’s supposed to be appearing in a magazine at some point but that was about a year ago that they said so, thus I wonder if it…

BitchBuzz: The Digital Revolution Will be Gendered

I should start this post with a shout out to the fabulous Maura McHugh, a new friend who shared a fabulous, nigh on four hour lunch with me on Tuesday. Obviously we found a lot to talk about. Those of you who tend to think of me as taciturn would have been surprised. Of course…