Video: Shakespeare’s Life in 1 Minute

By Sarah Begley, Time, April 22, 2016  April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death With his unforgettable couplets, quips and coined phrases, William Shakespeare is one of the most quoted and ...

The World’s First Short-Story Vending Machines

What’s the first thing you do when you are stood waiting to meet someone? Actually, what are you doing even when your friends are stood next to you? Chances are your eyes are probably glued to your phone; ma...

Book Club: Love is in the Air

Birds are singing, bees are humming, and Cupid is out with his arrow. No? However you view February 14th, as a ploy by the greeting card companies to get you to spend your hard earned cash or through rose-color...

BOOK CLUB: Downton’s Done

December 25th, 2015 -- what a bittersweet day it will be this year. While my Christmas day will be filled with all the things I love like eating, presents, drinking, being merry and bright, visiting with family...

Parties. Cocktails. Beer. Food. ‘Tis the season.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everyone is busy shopping, eating, and visiting friends and family. Do you need a drink yet? I’m kidding, but these books provide you with recipe ideas for both food an...

Book Club: Literary Tattoos

A new wave of body ink is sweeping its way through tattoo parlors. Literary-inspired tattoos allow you to be creative without being stuck with something you liked five years ago – because, let’s face it, your t...

Book Club: Closing Lines

It is now time for the closing lines. Along with the opening line, the closing line also carries a lot of responsibility. Closing lines need to satisfy readers and finish with something powerful. Because, while...

Who Says First Impressions Don’t Count?

A book needs to grab its readers from the beginning; that’s why opening lines are so important. They need to entice, intrigue, hook, be beautiful, thoughtful, provocative, and strange. They need to persuade rea...

Book Club: Top Ten November Reads

Shhh… Do you hear it? Yup, that distant jingle is a Christmas carol playing somewhere over store speakers. Already. I love Christmas and all its carols, but just not yet. Thankfully the eleventh month has pl...

BOOK CLUB: Get Your Spook On

Halloween. I love it. Who doesn’t? People literally give you handfuls of candy. But, if you aren’t in the mood to run around in the minus temperatures collecting candy or wear a scratchy wig and plastic vampire...