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Sunday, January 15, 2017



Every day is a fine time to sit and write.


It's a sunny Sunday afternoon. The dishes are done; the grandkids are shuttled safely home and now it is time for me to get back to work--writing. One of my favorite places to work on a manuscript, make a journal entry, or do writing practice is the local Barnes and Noble with The E, my faithful friend, loyal companion and mighty muse by my side.

I'm sharing my photos of The E. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy living them.




 The E is a people-stopper.
Everybody wants to meet E.
Everybody wants a selfie with E.
E has so many friends.
Thanks to E, I meet the nicest people and make the greatest friends.


While I type my manuscript, E watches and waits, patiently.
It's what E does.


Writing Tip: Talk about your book on camera. Create a presentation, soundtrack, and/or images that boost your presentation. Make it short and impactful. Upload slides to SlideShare.com --Katie Davis

Writing Quote: Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish. --John Jakes 


Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Bye Bye Man, Don't Think It, Don't Say It, A Review

Don't think it. Don't say it.
Don't worry. I won't.
Rating: 4 BookOrBust Books

Last night I saw the movie, The Bye Bye Man. From what I could tell, The Bye Bye Man is the grim reaper with a hungry dog. If you say the The Bye Bye Man's name, well, too bad for you, now he's somehow inside your head and you become tortured with fake news. Then you die. Then the hungry dog eats you up. The only means of keeping The Bye Bye Man at bay is to repeat words, Don't think it, don't say it ( prayer?). I watched as three main characters, desperate to save a life, their own, repeated these words, again, again, again, and again.  Spoiler Alert: It didn't work.

With the exception of one time, I have never given a bad review, and that review was a result of contracting a case of food poisoning from eating off a food truck at a public event. Out of respect to venue, actor, author, artist, butcher, baker or candlestickmaker, I strive for the good, better and great in another's hard work. The Bye Bye Man left me wondering about the author, movie producers, film maker, director and the actors--What were they thinking? What am I missing? Is it me?

I liken the entire experience to my case of food poisoning--painful. My one excuse for seeing this movie was a search for distraction from my work. For this reason, and this reason alone, The Bye Bye Man filled the bill and thus scores 4 BookOrBust books.

To The Bye Bye Man and it's ad infinitum ad nauseum message, Don't See It, Don't Say It, Don't worry, I won't, and you shouldn't either.


See you in print,


Linda Della Donna
Come journal with me, your book is yet to be.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Grand Central Station, I [Heart] NY, Have Pen Will Write



Grand Central Station


Grand Central Station is a favorite destination of mine. I like that I live a short train ride away. I like that I can sit at a table, sip a cup of coffee, people watch and write. Sometimes another writer joins me. The rule is no talking, only writing.

Yesterday, I did that. As Martha Stewart says, "It's a good thing."

At Grand Central, amid the hustle and bustle of the busy business man, harried traveler and silly sightseer, there is inspiration to capture imagination and fuel my pen.

When my afternoon of writing was done, my reward was meetup with a different friend for dinner and fun evening of sightseeing.

Here are a few photos. I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed living them.

On the ride into NYC I spied these cool socks on the man seated
across the aisle from me, sparking inspiration for a perhaps a fun title,
The Man on the Train.

Manhattan. At night.
Awesome sight.
What can I say? I love concrete.
And the reason I [heart] NY.

The Hustle and Bustle.

Grand Central was the backdrop
for this delicious newly married couple's
wedding photo shoot.
Last night I got the nerve and laid on the floor
to snap this photo of Grand Central's iconic ceiling.
And no, nobody noticed. Nobody cared.
Another reason why I [heart] NY.
Waiting for my date at the Big Clock
for a night on the town.
Everyone meetsup at the Information Booth.


Writing Tip: Find a place to write. Mark your calendar, set a time just like you'd mark it for a dentist or doctor appointment and keep that appointment. Invite a writer friend to join you. Then write like the wind. When your appointment is done, reward yourself. Writing is hard work.

Writing Quote: Writing is the painting of the voice. --Doris Lesser


See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
Come write with me. Your book is yet to be.
#AGOL



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Natalie Harnett, Clara Gillow Clark, My Favorite Friends


by Clara Gillow Clark

I love my writer friends and the books they write.

I'm stopping by BookOrBust to share a link to favorite author, famous children's writer, beloved Clara Gillow Clark's blog. Today, Clara posts an interview with Natalie Harnett, author of "The Hollow Ground."

I am proud to share that it was Clara Gillow Clark who edited my book, A Gift of Love. I am grateful.

Go ahead. Give a click.


See you in print,


Linda Della Donna

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book.

Write a good one!

Happy New Year





From BookOrBust, here's to 2017. May it be everything and more we hope it to be.

Blessings from me to you.

See you in print,


Linda Della Donna