Monthly Archives: March 2014

Readers — a decade later. This is why we write

Thanks to this blog post, I now know Ship of Dreams can be found in libraries all over the U.S., in Great Britain, Australia, and Germany. Out of print? Yes. Out of reach? Never!


By Caitlin Kelly

A check arrived this week that left me so excited I burst into tears.

It wasn’t the amount on the check — $491.00 Canadian — but its source, a Canadian gift to authors called the Public Lending Right Program. If your books qualify, (only those published within the last 20 years), you can register your work and receive, in effect, a royalty paid out once a year for the public’s use of your books through Canadian libraries.

malled cover HIGH

The enrolment period is open now, until May 1. Maybe your works qualify!

I was also thrilled to receive a payment that didn’t feel covered with blood and sweat, the way so much of my work now does.

The publishing/journalism business today too often feels less like a creative endeavor than a protracted and wearying battle — rates remain low, publishers pay late and editors refuse to negotiate contracts that…

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When Women Waken

by Lillian Csernica on March 6, 2014

My friends and family tease me because unlike most writers, I don’t drink coffee.  I have never acquired a liking for the taste of it.  I don’t even care for mocha flavor.  I date my aversion to coffee from the time I spent in Holland right after I graduated from high school.  My father sent me there to spend two months with the Dutch girl who had been an exchange student at my school and my lab partner in Physics.  After the longest plane flight I’d ever experienced, my host-sister’s family promptly served me coffee, which they drink quite a lot of in that part of the world.  Between the jet lag and the caffeine rush, I didn’t sleep for three days.

These facts do not prevent me from understanding and appreciating coffee.  It has become an essential beverage in our sleep-deprived times, so much so that it has attained a position of reverence normally reserved for a magic potion.

Based on that and a few other coffee-related reasons, I wrote “The Power Behind the Throne.”

Power-Book-Cover1-768x1024The Power Issue

Many thanks to Kerry Holjes and the entire staff of this splendid literary journal.  I am honored to be included here.

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Truer Words….

by Lillian Csernica on March 3, 2014



Finally, a man who understands me!  And it’s DeNiro!  Couldn’t be John Barrowman, could it?  Or Jack Davenport?  Or Nathan Fillion?  Nooooooo……

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