Peace, Joy, and Love

Happy Holidays from Readers Unbound. We’ll return January 8th with all new posts on the written word. Meanwhile, let’s see what some of the Masters have to say. Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They […]

A Brief History of the Novel – Part Two

“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.” ― Khaled Hosseini In Part One I defined the novel as a book-length narrative in prose that connects fictional events and characters who evolve. I traced the origins of the novel to 10th century Japan, and from there described […]

Gifts Matter

Today, Readers Unbound is pleased to host guest blogger Rona Simmons. Rona Simmons is the author of The Quiet Room, a historical novel set in Evansville, Indiana, a town generations of her family called home.  Her previous works include a ghostwritten biography of a prominent Atlanta businessman, a collection of short stories compiled from interviews […]

The Yin and Yang of Poetry and Community, a Conversation with HawaH: Part 2

The clouds converse Over a glass of sunset. The sky is drunk From light. – “Light” by HawaH, The Poetry of Yoga, V. 2, 35. Yesterday, we celebrated the year anniversary of The Poetry of Yoga, Volume 2. Today let’s take a closer look at HawaH, the man who edited the two volumes and the poet whose […]

The Poetry of Yoga, an Anniversary Celebration: Part 1

There is nothing more I want  Than to join you in the cocoon To know the dreams  That grow wings Butterfly, What is your Dream? –“Transformation” by HawaH, The Poetry of Yoga, Vol. 1, 178 Today we celebrate a dream that grew wings – the year anniversary of The Poetry of Yoga, Volume 2: 12/12/12. […]

Storytelling in Songs

“Ode to Billy Joe” is one of the most popular and mysterious stories told in song. It’s Bobbie Gentry’s sad tale about Billy Joe McAllister, who jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. Here’s the verse that has caused much speculation:  Mama said to me, “Child what’s happened to your appetite?   I been cookin’ all mornin’ and […]

Writing: Why For Me It’s Become Singing With a Pen

A month ago, I read an interesting post by Julianna Baggott, entitled ‘Do You Want to Write or Do You Want to Be a Writer?’ Up until that point I had never thought about doing or being one or the other. I had always thought of the two as joined at the hip, since a […]

Blog Tips: Secrets to Getting More out of Your Visits

Until I started Readers Unbound a little over a year ago, I was pretty ignorant about blogs. Luckily, I had help getting started on Word Press  from my friend Kathy St. John, and I partnered up with Chrinda Jones, who, as my co-administrator, is far more techie than I. After publishing 83 posts from our talented staff of writers,  I think […]