A few notes:

1. As promised, I picked up Nora Roberts’ Happy Ever After after reading the Franzen book. It was OK. I think the series could have been a trilogy instead of a quartet but then I would have only bought three books, not four. I don’t think it’s worth a full post. What else could I say that I haven’t already been said? Roberts is a juggernaut, and even if she writes brain candy, I like brain candy every now and again.

2. Speaking of juggernauts, I’m currently reading Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later. It’s for an assignment for an inflight magazine. I can’t even even tell you how many Sweet Valley books I read as a kid (I included one in my book a week series), so I’m excited about this. Apparently, the publisher thinks there’s a huge demand for this preview copy as they’ve marked it up beyond belief to prevent reviewers from selling the galley. I’ll write further when I finish reading the book.

3. I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month, where a bunch of loons try to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. The book I’m writing is utter crap, but it’s a good exercise. I’ve been trying to get back into fiction writing, and being force to sit down and write almost every day is a good way to get back in the habit. Maybe. We’ll see what comes out at the end of November.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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