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- Name: Eric D. Goodman
- Location: Baltimore-DC Area
Author who writes for a living and lives for writing. // WOMB: a novel in utero (Merge Publishing 2017) // TRACKS: A Novel in Stories (Atticus Books 2011) // FLIGHTLESS GOOSE, a storybook for children (Writers Lair Books 2008) // www.EricDGoodman.com
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Barrelhouse Likes Drinking
Need another reason to come to the Lit & Art event this Sunday? Readings from local authors, music and art from near and far, wine and refreshments, a benefit to help save the Poe House & Museum, getting together with some cool people … and of course our headliner, Jessica Anya Blau.
Jessica’s new novel, Drinking Closer to Home, has already garnered gleaming reviews nationwide. The latest comes from close to home. Barrelhouse Magazine endorses Drinking. (Don’t we all?)
This week, Barrelhouse published my review of Drinking Closer to Home. You can read it online at www.barrelhousemag.com/?p=579.
Read the review. Then come to Sunday’s Lit & Art at the Watermark, 100 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, right across from the Inner Harbor in the Bank of America Building, second floor. The event is from 2 to 5 p.m. this Sunday.
Rick Connor, Katherine Cottle, Holly Morse-Ellington, Guity Adjoodani, Manzar, and Red Tractor Factory fill out the event.
See you Sunday afternoon. In the meantime, read my review in Barrelhouse and get Drinking. It’s available in bookstores and at Amazon.
Barrelhouse Review of Drinking Closer to Home:
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
March Madness Hits Lit and Art
This event will feature four local writers, including Jessica Anya Blau. She will read from her new novel, Drinking Closer to Home, which has been called, “a raging success” and “unrelentingly side-splittingly funny.” Her first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Best Books of 2008.
Prize-winning poet Katherine Cottle will read from her new memoir, Halfway: A Journal through Pregnancy. Rick Connor and Holly Morse-Ellington will make their much anticipated debuts.
To help celebrate Persian New Year, pianist Guity Adjoodani will play several selections from her CD. Red Tractor Factory, our crack house band, will also perform.
As you no doubt know, Baltimore City has cut funding for The Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, and plans to close it in 2012. To help raise money for the Poe House, the gallery’s resident artist Manzar Rassouli-Taylorr will sell a limited edition of her artwork.
Like previous events in this series, it’s free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and refreshments will be served. And in these lean times, free is good (free is good in boom times as well, but you get the point).
The Watermark Gallery is located in the Bank of America Center Skywalk Level, right across from the Inner Harbor, at 100 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The phone number is (410) 547-0452.
Learn more about the Watermark at its online gallery and the Lit & Art event at the link.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Some Irish-American Writing advice
What better day than St. Patrick’s Day for some writing advice from an Irish-American author?
We’ve all heard it: writing is rewriting. A first draft should never be considered complete. In order to be successful as a writer, it’s important not to fall in love with your own first draft.
Alice McDermott knows a thing or two about the various stages of a successful novel. Here’s her take.
“The first draft is spillage.” A writer should just let the words and story flow from you without regard to rules, structure, plot, character development, what makes sense, what doesn’t jive. Write the first draft from your heart, as it comes to you. Hey, it’s only a first draft.
“Then,” McDermott suggests, “write at least three drafts. In rewrites, spend the time, don’t try to save time. Hone the prose, shape it, redo it. Don’t just re-copy with minor edits—that’s the easy way out.”
With the soul of your first draft already on paper, the second, third, and any additional drafts should be where the true craftsmanship comes in. Sculpt your clay into something wonderful and unique, something others will want to read as well as yourself.
“A Novel should evolve from its own predictable themes,” McDermott suggests. And those themes will be present in your first draft.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Pull out your hankies. “Reunion” is one of the more melancholy ones.
An abridged reading of “Reunion” was recently featured on Baltimore’s NPR station, WYPR. Set to appropriately-themed music, the reading was broadcast on The Signal, a tour through Baltimore’s cultural landscape.
The podcast is available now. You can listen to the program at the following link. “Reunion” is about 40 minutes into the program.
Or, if you want to go directly to the “Reunion” reading, you can listen to it here.
Grab a few tissues and enjoy a radio reunion today.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Finding the Font that Fits
That’s why it came as somewhat of a surprise when my publisher, Atticus Books, asked me if I had any preference regarding the font that Tracks would be typeset in.
How is it possible I’ve read these billions and billions of words and seldom given any thought to their font?
For my decades of writing, I've pretty much stuck to three fonts (or four if you include dot-matrix): Times New Roman, Ariel, and Courier (the last of which I haven't used in years and only then because it looked to me like typewriter print).
As it turns out, font happens to be something Atticus Books does think about. In fact, each of the book they’ve published, so far, has been cast in a different font. Now that’s something to get keyed-up about!
Over the past weeks I've spent some time reading about fonts, putting passages of Tracks into different fonts, and trying to figure out what fonts I like best.
It seems appropriate that a book be set in the a font that fits the mood of the story. Perhaps a story about an old newspaper man in an old-fashioned courier, or an absurdist comedy in comic sans, or a computers-take-over-the-world futuristic fantasy in a sans serif.
But in most cases, it’s a little difficult, finding the font that fits.
Regardless of what anyone likes, I think the number one factor is that it be easy to read. The best fonts don't call attention to themselves.
What’s your take on type? Do you have a favorite font?
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
The release date for Tracks, a novel in stories, is still months away — June 30 to be precise. But you don’t have to wait to climb aboard.
TracksNovel.com has a number of stations. You can:
· Listen to stories from Tracks, as featured on NPR;
· Read excerpts from Tracks;
· See the press release and other Tracks-related news;
· Find out what others are saying about Tracks;
· Get the schedule of Tracks readings, signings, and appearances;
· Visit the Lounge Car or Tracks Blog; even
· Watch a Tracks-related video.
What are you waiting for? Hop aboard the Tracks website now!
Monday, March 07, 2011
Savvy Verse and Wit's Small Press Celebration
With March, Savvy Verse and Wit kicks off its celebration of Indie and Small Press Month by publishing an interview with none other than Atticus Books, publisher of Tracks.
Atticus founding publisher Dan Cafaro talks about Atticus books, Independent Book Sellers That Rock Our World, Book Blogger Central, and about the books he has selected for publication, including Tracks, a novel in stories.
Take a look at the interview at the link. And celebrate indie and small presses!
Friday, March 04, 2011
The Pedestal Magazine is available online, and it’s free. As an online magazine that actually pays for all its content, The Pedestal is a cut above some of the other online journals.
My story, “Fetishes,” was published in a recent issue of The Pedestal Magazine. The flash fiction appears in issue 59.
As guest fiction editor Charles Rammelkamp said in his introduction, it’s not easy to be put on this pedestal. “It goes without saying that the competition was stiff, with around five hundred submissions for only a few slots and so much good work; it was kind of like college applications at prestigious universities.”
Where’s the frat party?
Check out The Pedestal Magazine issue 59 online.
Or go directly to “Fetishes.”