Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea was formative for me.  It’s a book that I’ve long promoted to friends and students, whenever they asked for recommendations.

You can find it here, in the 50th anniversary edition.

The main Facebook page for Writers’ Ink, my publisher, is celebrating encounters with AML’s book all through August and September on Snippet Saturday:  You may be able to find the first AML post here.


Whenever I’m beachy keen–and that’s not for crowded beaches in the heat of summer, but afterwards, when it’s me and the sand and the waves and the sun casting south–that’s the time that I reach for Gift from the Sea.


Following hard on the heels of the recent attempt by an author to snare exclusive rights to the common, everyday word “cocky” comes the news that embezzlement of writers’ earnings has occurred at a well-respected literary agency.

The writer of Fight Club has been swindled along with many other writers.  The bookkeeper stole $3.4 million dollars.  MILLION.

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has blogged her warnings about literary agencies multiple times.  Read her thoughts here.