Fear in Writing: Coming Soon...

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Today in Literary History...December 14, 1907: Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel prize for literature, the first English-language writer to do so.ud

Monday, July 26, 2010

Coming Soon...

I don't often plan in advance.  Call it love of sponteneity.  Call it laziness.  Call it an easily-bored-and-distracted personality.  All or none might be the reason, but for now, I am changing my habits.

Next week, I am launching a series on the Literary Movements.  From Gothic and Romanticism to the Beat Generation and Postcolonialism--I will do my worst on these varied and interrelated styles of writing.  They all relate to the time and place of their birth and, in my opinion, are quite fascinating and telling.  I hope they inform your work and help you learn a bit about the way you write, and from where the influence came.

After this series--or maybe in the middle somewhere to break it up (I have to maintain my sponteneity somehow!)--I'll be talking about writers themselves.  The crazy life that is the writer, including strange jobs and time in prison.  If you relate to these posts, you should be worried.  Just kidding...sort of.

I'd also love to have some guest bloggers on Southern City Mysteries.  Many varied and talented authors have written here in the past--L. Diane Wolfe, Alex. J. Cavanaugh, Vincent Zandri (here and here), Alan Orloff.  And you don't have to be published to take the gig.  Jemi Fraser wrote about her fascinating genre, Steampunk, and you all loved it--41 comments!  So let me know by commenting after this post or by contacting me at micheleemrath (two e's) at ymail dot com.

And if you think you have to blog about writing...think again!  I have movie-loving followers on this blog, as well as people who just love to learn.  So send your topics and your ideas my way.

It should be a fun end of the summer on Southern City Mysteries.  Hope you'll check out all of these posts!


  1. Ooh, that sounds great. :) I'll be back.

    I don't know if I cut, but I'd love to do a guest post on memoir writing. I promise to make it very NON boring :) Contact me at tab[at]zaeya[dot]com if you like :)

  2. You can count on me coming back!!!

    I'm very excited for this.

  3. Michele - What a wonderful idea! I would love to read your thoughts about literary movements; you're right that it's really helpful to think about how we are influenced by those movements, and how they affect us. And I would love to do a guest post, too. I can be reached at docjockey(at)yahoo(dot)com.

  4. That's a pretty exciting series and I can't wait.
    Great idea.

  5. Sounds like a great series, Michele!

    I could probably do a guest post...I'll email you.

  6. Looking forward to the series, sound interesting.

    Thoughts in Progress

  7. Sounds like fun. I'm sure I'll learn a lot!

  8. THat's cool. Can't wait to read the series. Also, hopefully you get lots of submissions for guest post.


  9. Sounds like lots of fun! I look forward to the posts :)

  10. Tabitha-- That sounds fantastic! I don't know anything about it and would love to learn more. I'll email you.

    Victoria- Looking forward to your comments! My favorite part about putting out interesting posts is the debate that ensues.

    Margot- It would be an honor to have you on here! I so admire your well-researched posts. I'll email you.

    Mary- It's the English Lit-dork in me! But at least I'm in good company. :)

    Elizabeth- I'd love to have you here! You were the first one to have me guest blog, so I'd like to return the favor. Plus, I'm getting ready to read your book and just gave it as a gift as well.

    Mason- I hope you enjoy the series. You're certainly a great influence in good posting.

    Jenny- I hope so...Or maybe you'll wonder who I am to take on this task!

    Jemi- Can't wait to see your comments! I'm getting nervous now...

  11. That sound good! Looking forward to you series.

  12. Thanks, Alex. I hope it turns out as well as planned.

  13. I'd love to guest blog here ... just let me know when you have an open date ... golionssss@yahoo.com

    Stephen Tremp

  14. Great ideas. This will be a fun summer to hang out with you!

  15. Stephen- I will email today! Thanks!

    Helen- And you need some fun right now, right? I look forward to hangin' out with you here and on your blog!