Filed under journalism

A Public Apology to Hemingway (Sort Of)

A Public Apology to Hemingway (Sort Of)

One of the questions I get asked most often, by those who read my blog, is: “Veronica, why in the H do you hate Hemingway so much?” The answer to this question is as complex as my love of awkwardness. I hate him because I respect him. Also, because I feel like he probably never … Continue reading

What to Wear to a Job Interview (and WHY)

If you google the phrase “what to wear to a job interview,” you’ll get pages and pages of helpful links. If you click on the images tab, you’ll see that some helpful folks over on Pinterest have even put together entire boards (usually for women, since let’s be honest: guys don’t have quite as many … Continue reading

When Writers Go Wrong: The Blog Series

In case y’all haven’t noticed, I’ve been a bit busy, a bit hard to locate, a bit crazy, a bit absent-minded of late. As most publishing industry peeps will tell you, there’s an excuse for this. It’s called November. And it’s only going to get more insane when the month ends. Because then, I’m actually … Continue reading

When is it OK to Work for FREE?

Will Work for [Practically] Nothing By Veronica Park In his iconic role as The Joker, Heath Ledger famously said, “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” However, if you think you can live by this phrase, you’re either a.) already gainfully employed, b.) a stripper, or c.) kidding yourself. The sad but factual … Continue reading

Seven Questions with Maryann Kempher

Welcome to my new(est) blog series, SEVEN QUESTIONS with SUPER INTERESTING PEOPLE! Today’s 7Q features debut autor Maryann Kempher V: Tell me about yourself. MK: My family moved to Reno NV, where Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is set when I was 15. I currently live in Florida with my husband and two children, two dogs and one cat. … Continue reading

V Reviews, in Under 20: WARM BODIES

Hey guys! Welcome to my new (sometimes) Sunday Blog Series, V Reviews Books and/or Movies in 20 Words or Less. (The title is a little unwieldy. I’ll work on that.) Enjoy!    WARM BODIES review, by V: Expected nothing from the book. Expected little from the movie. Was pleasantly surprised by both. Brains.

April O’Neal, Who Hurt You?

I have a confession to make. I was never a very good reporter. Though I majored in print journalism and worked as a television journalist / field reporter / producer for several years, I never had what you might call that “Lois Lane tenacity,” that impulse to doggedly pursue a story with little or no … Continue reading

A *Very Special* Election Day Rant

***Disclaimer: I don’t usually like to get political. But in light of recent electoral shenanigans, I couldn’t help but vent my frustration. And because I’m me, I decided to share my displeasure by drafting an inaugural speech for the next POTUS. 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ACCEPTANCE SPEECH for [Insert Name Here] [Walk to microphone, place hands on … Continue reading

You Give Friendship a Bad Name

I just got the following alert from Facebook: “Your friend request privileges have been temporarily blocked. From now on, please don’t send friend requests to people you don’t know personally. Facebook is a place for connecting with friends, family, classmates, coworkers and other people you know well. If you are blocked from sending friend requests, … Continue reading

V Interviews Suzanne Brockmann, Literary Hero

First of all, I CANNOT believe I haven’t posted this on my site before now. (Actually, part of me thinks maybe I did, but the Interwebs swallowed it.) This is an interview I did with Suzanne Brockmann–my favorite author and bosom Facebook-friend–back in July, 2009. I hope it’s as inspiring for you as it was back … Continue reading

No News is Good News

While watching the news for the first time in a few weeks (don’t judge me, I’ve been busy), I found myself reflecting on my past as a journalist. My decision not to continue on that career path was the result of several factors: the current job market, declining emphasis on ethics and civic responsibility… but … Continue reading