By the Window,
Lilla Cabot Perry,
oil on canvas, 1923.
1. Cheat Sheet:
Not one. TWO critically acclaimed memoirs ( Misha: A Memorial of the Holocaust Years and Love and Consequences) have recently been found to be, not just embellished, but fabricated. Totally.
The authors thereof used the James Frey defence: the works were first presented as fiction, attracted no interest, and they were told to claim/market the works as memoirs.
2. Snatch and Sniff:
Writers, usually of the romance variety, often bewail the fact that readers sometimes identify the writer with the sexual escapades of his/her hero/ine; and point out in weary self-defence that the similar assumptions are seldom made about the research methods of writers of murder mysteries and serial killer stories.
Then we have the ultimate Mary Sues who not only write erotica but post pictures of their lady bits on their blogs.
3. Most Idiot Advice Ever:
That writers should restrict themselves to two similes per book.
This interdiction tops the no adverbs, no adjectives misologists by an entire stratosphere of miles.
As someone named Amy said succinctly about the subject on Evil Editor: It is the mark of the amateur to over-use -- and the mark of the amateur to remove them completely.
4. Born Again Luddites:
A rumour that some agents are reverting to the practice of accepting snail-mail queries only.
5. How Long, O Lord?
Weathermen predict another heavy storm to hit here tomorrow.