Are novels underlined or quotedDecember 24, 2013 – 11:38 am

Are novels underlined or quoted

There are several reasons why many writers are confused about when a title should be quoted, italicized, or underlined. One reason is generational, meaning that some writers who are younger are at a disadvantage – or my advanced age provides me with an advantage. What you might not know is that two of those three options are the same thing. No, of course that doesn’t make sense, not yet. Have a seat, and let’s do some learnin’. Two notes: First, I’m…

Best novels Of Our TimeFebruary 23, 2015 – 02:37 pm

Best novels Of Our Time

Peter Mehlman’s first novel, It Won’t Always Be This Great, is not the post-Gatsby, Great American Novel that we’ve all been waiting for — the story that captures the hopes, the fears, the rhythms and resentments of a younger generation. But it is something almost as noteworthy: the Great American Jewish Novel. Specifically, the Great American Jewish Novel of the Early 21st Century, comedy division. As the nameless narrator tells his story to a college…

Are novels fictionMay 29, 2014 – 02:16 pm

Are novels fiction

In writing terms, fiction is any non-factual narrative composition. It may be short or long. It may contain historical or scientific facts, and it may describe characters named for historical personages, but the conversations and treatment of events are understood to have been made up by the author. Fiction may be written in various lengths. Here are some guidelines. A short story is a fictional narrative of no longer than 20, words and no shorter…

Romance new novels BooksFebruary 10, 2014 – 11:55 am

Romance new novels Books

By Sarah MacLean September 3 We know how love stories go. Boy meets girl and, whether it’s love at first sight or opposites attract, we know the ending. For every once upon a time, after all, there must be a happily ever after. The challenge for romance novelists is to make that happily ever after well-won — to imbue the story with adventure and conflict and just enough will-they-or-won’t-they to keep readers engaged. This month, three terrific novels…

Are novels in italicsFebruary 14, 2015 – 03:45 pm

Are novels in italics

A reader wonders why he is seeing book titles presented in all capitals: I’ve even seen publishers and editors do it, so I started thinking maybe I was misinformed. Typing book titles in all caps is a peculiarity of the publishing industry. According to The Chicago Manual of Style, the practice originated in the days of the typewriter when titles that are now easily italicized on a computer had to be underscored; typing the title in all caps for industry…

Tsukihime visual novel H ScenesNovember 22, 2014 – 03:19 pm

Tsukihime visual novel H Scenes

By Andrew Erickson Let’s talk about visual novels. By and large they’re poorly written and full of porn, and I could leave it at that, but I want to take a look at why the format has jumped headlong into appealing to the lowest common denominator. In theory, it should make for all kinds of interesting stories: they’re like novels, but with sound and graphics and maybe reader interaction! There are so many possibilities, what could possibly go wrong?…

New novels of February 2014April 21, 2015 – 10:50 am

New novels of February 2014

Of course it is more than a roll of the dice. A lot of work and effort goes into medical treatment applications for approval and into evaluating them for consideration. As was widely discussed in FDA-watching circles, the agency approved a total of 41 novel new drugs in 2014 – the most in a decade. Novel new drugs are are a subset of the overall number of new product approvals and often represent those drugs which offer an advancement in patient care…