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Announcement: Someone interviewed me for a change.

by Susan Henderson on November 23, 2008

No blogging for me until the new year (except for in the comments section, where you can always reach and distract me). But I do want to point you to an interview I did with the lovely and talented Jordan Rosenfeld. She asked about the courage and stamina required of writers, and I’d love to hear how you‘d respond to her questions.

The interview is here.

Jordan very generously made this interview available via the link because I asked her to, but truthfully, her interviews are part of a newsletter, and it would be a nice gesture to Jordan if you subscribed to that FREE newsletter by clicking right here. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

For kicks, I’m posting this photo that those of you who have access to my MySpace pictures may have already seen. The cute one is my good friend and soccer teammate, Kenny. Part of what cracks me up about this photo is my rained-on hair and the cerebral palsy pose – one more reminder not to take myself too seriously. The cool thing about the photo, though, is the other reminder – that my best friends accept me, flaws and all.

Oh! Almost forgot. The same Jordan who interviewed me is also a fabulous freelance editor, and she’s seeking new clients who need developmental editing for fiction and non-fiction projects. Her strengths are in helping clients with narrative structure, pacing, plot-development, and the big picture issues of character development and overall dramatic tension. I highly recommend her!

Some news about past guests at LitPark: AN ILLUSTRATED LIFE just went on sale. Gorgeous and fascinating, and it features Danny Gregory and Tommy Kane. Hope I get it for Christmas. And Greg Logsted (Lauren‘s husband) has launched his debut YA novel, SOMETHING HAPPENED. If you buy either of these books and like them, tell people! Word of mouth is everything in the life of a book.

Okay, that’s it for today.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by. And thanks to everyone who linked to LitPark this month: Innovo Publishing, Blogging For Apples, Huffington Post, Enrico Casarosa, Italian Woman at the Table, largeheartedboy, Elevate the Ordinary, Brad Listi . Com, Bliggidy Blog, The Debutante Ball, The Nervous Breakdown, Inside-Out China, Notes From the Handbasket, Emerging Writers Network, Perpetual Folly, Upstate Girl, Jordan’s Muse, Kelley Bell’s FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, Endless Knots, Making it up, In Her Own Write, Satin Black, Biscuit Cream, Twilight Spy, Daryl Ebneezra Kadabra, Read by Myfanwy, Side Dish, and Annette Hyder’s Ad Libitum (new blog alert for poets and feminists). I appreciate those links!

I’m heading to Virginia on Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with my folks. Enjoy the holidays!


Announcement: Extra LitPark and Sony Reader Stuff

by Susan Henderson on October 24, 2008

Hey, folks, a quick announcement. The first is that there will be an extra Question of the Month on Monday so I can run my 2-part interview with the best literary agent in New York. Be sure to stop by!

Second thing: on Tuesday, I’ll be part of the Sony Reader marathon, and you can either drop by in person or watch via Sony’s live web cam.

What am I talking about, you ask?

There’s this thing called a Sony Reader, a little computer gadget, and you can download (or maybe upload) books on to it. Save trees. And so on. And Sony is running a campaign to both bring this product to your attention and to promote literacy by having this guy named Dave Farrow live in a window display and read from this Sony Reader for the entire month of October. For every page he reads (and he’s a known speed reader), Sony will donate an eBook library of 100 eBook classics to a school or education institution.

So where do I come in? Well, Dave needs to take breaks now and then; and on Tuesday, October 28th, at 1pm, I’ll be his break. I will be reading from Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. So stop by the store window at 445 5th Ave (5th Ave & 39th Street, across from the New York Public Library) in Manhattan and tap on the glass. Or stop by their website and see how you can help Sony promote literacy.

Thanks! And see you Monday with a brand new question!


Cool, Totally Random News

by Susan Henderson on September 9, 2008

My kids just found out they’re opening for The Monkees this Friday. How cool is that?!

litpark monkees news


One More Reason I Adore Tommy Kane

by Susan Henderson on October 9, 2007

Like I needed another reason….

Look what I got in the mail the other day! It totally made me cry.

I’m the world’s worst photographer, and I managed to make this beautiful drawing look fuzzy and washed out, but you get the idea. I’m actually thrilled the print made it in one piece because all the mail carriers are terrified of my dobie, who is a sweetheart, but does like to bite pieces of the fence off when they come around, and so this was just kind of pitched into the yard.

I just got it back from the frame shop, and it’s going in a very prominent spot in my office.

You should go visit Tommy Kane and tell him he’s wonderful.

This is Tommy’s web site.

And Tommy’s blog. (My internet crack.)

And Tommy’s MySpace page.

Did I mention I adore him? I really do.

Okay, see everyone at midnight for the first ever edition of Writers Sing!


LitPark will re-open in September

by Susan Henderson on August 23, 2007

Folks have been asking when LitPark will re-open, and the answer is: The last Monday of September. But hey, why not enjoy some re-runs!

LitPark Question of the Week – Best-selling authors and unpublished writers chime in on these topics:

Phobias * Near-Death Experience * Where? * Mistakes * Writer Communities * Hope * Now What? * Independent Press * Generosity * Nice! * Zodiac * Style * Professional Jealousy * AWP * Controversy * Hair * 80s * Luck * Collaboration * The Pitch * Vacation * Balancing Art and Family * Fantasy and Science Fiction * The Book Tour * Snippets * Telling Mom * Setting * High School Secrets * Your Hidden Side * Out-of-the-Box * Aliases * Obsession * Self-Doubt * Risks of Truth-Telling * 9-11 * Your Space

LitPark Interviews – Don’t miss my favorite drag queen, my rockin’ book cover designer, or the history of Neil Gaiman’s hair:

3 Trees * 60 Writers Quiz * Adrienne Brodeur * Alexander Chee * Amy Bryant * Amy Wallen * Amy Wilentz * Angela Stubbs * Aquadisiac * Aurelio O’Brien * Bach-Boy Henderson * Backspace * Bonnie Glover * Brad Listi * Brian McEntee * Bruce Bauman * Bruce Benderson * Buck Lewis * Cameron McGill * Candice Night * Carrie Hoffman * Claire Cameron * CLMP * Corey Mesler * Create Now! * Daniel Handler * Danielle Trussoni * Danny Gregory * Daryl Darko * Douglas Preston * Elizabeth Crane * Ellen Meister * Emily Maguire * Enrico Casarosa * Eric Spitznagel * FAWM (Songwriters) * Frank Daniels * Gerard Jones * Gina Frangello * Green-Hand Henderson * Greg Downs * Halloween Special * Harper Perennial Lit Chicks * Heather McElhatton * Heather O’Neill * Heather Pena * Hillary Carlip * James Spring * Jeff Swanson * Jeffrey Lependorf * Jill Gurr * Jim Tomlinson * Jolene Siana * Jordan Rosenfeld * Josh Kilmer-Purcell * Joy Nicholson * Karen Dionne * Kate Gale * Kelly Braffet * Kevin Sampsell * Laura Benedict * Lauren Baratz-Logsted * Lauren Cerand * Lemony Snicket * Lori Oliva * Marcy Dermansky * Maria Dahvana Headley * Mikel K Poet * Mom * Neil Gaiman * Norman Mallory * Olympia Vernon * Owen King * Pasha Malla * Patry Francis * Pearl Harbor Pop Pop * Peter de Seve * Rachel Resnick * Ritchie Blackmore * Robert Westfield * Robin Slick * Ron Currie, Jr. * Ronnie Del Carmen * Roy Kesey * Samantha Dunn * Sarah Hall * Sci-Fi Humorists * Scott Snyder * Seth Greenland * Shawn Decker * Stephanie Lessing * Susan Henderson * Susan Straight * Suzan Woodruff * Tao Lin * Terry Bain * The Man Eating Neil Gaiman * Thom Didato * Tish Cohen * Todd Zuniga * Tom Jackson * Tommy Kane * Watch Josh! * Wayne Yang * Writer’s Relief * You

LitPark Weekly Wrap – My wrap-ups have led to discussions about patrol camp, hitchhiking, and peeing on apples. Have a look:

Summer Vacation ’07 * Close Calls * Where We Live * Mistakes that Changed Us * Community * Hopeful * Taking Our Next Steps * Independent Streaks * The Tysha Effect * Joy and Pain * Our Signs * We Got Style * We Want a Turn * How We Make Use of Conferences * Our Controversies * Authors and their Hair * Our Lives in the 80s * Just Our Luck * Group Effort * Our 2 Sentences * How We Balance Our Time * Our Favorite Spec Fiction * Introverts at the Microphone * Our Unfinished Brilliance * Our Mothers * Places that Capture Us * Our High School Days * Our Hidden Selves * We Don’t Like Boxes * Our Disguises * Our Obsessions * Pummeling Ourselves * Who Owns Our Truths? * Our Shared Trauma * My Space, Your Space

You do not need to be a writer to play at LitPark. All book lovers, artists, directors, singers and people who love to talk about the creative process are welcome. See you in September!

Oh, P.S. Nicole Krauss, I read THE HISTORY OF LOVE this summer and I’ve never loved a book more. Just wanted to say thank you for writing it.