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The 10 Best Bookstores in New York!


I’ve been to 8 of these, hope to scratch off Buffalo & Ithaca soon. Road trip anyone? Support your local bookstore gems ūüôā

Happy Friday!

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Posted by on June 9, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Wednesday’s Poem & Tunes

by Edgar Allan Poe

Romance, who loves to nod and sing
With drowsy head and folded wing
Among the green leaves as they shake
Far down within some shadowy lake,
To me a painted paroquet
Hath been‚ÄĒmost familiar bird‚ÄĒ
Taught me my alphabet to say,
To lisp my very earliest word
While in the wild wood I did lie,
A child‚ÄĒwith a most knowing eye.

Of late, eternal condor years
So shake the very Heaven on high
With tumult as they thunder by,
I have no time for idle cares
Through gazing on the unquiet sky;
And when an hour with calmer wings
Its down upon my spirit flings,
That little time with lyre and rhyme
To while away‚ÄĒforbidden things‚ÄĒ
My heart would feel to be a crime
Unless it trembled with the strings.

Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Fight the Power – Public Enemy
Something Just Like This – The Chain Smokers / Coldplay
Cold – Maroon 5
Suddenly – The Bogmen / Black Motorcycle Rebel Club
I Am The Highway – Audioslave
Ventura Highway – America
I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses
Always On Your Side – Sheryl Crow & Sting
Everything Counts – Depeche Mode (101 concert version)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band / With a Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles
Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Special dedication to Tony ‚̧

Contact – Big Audio Dynamite
Rock of Ages – Def Leppard
Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann
Rocky Raccoon – The Beatles
Der Kommissar – After the Fire
Runaway Car – Audioslave
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) – The Rolling Stones

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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Book Sale!


Who doesn’t love a book sale?

If you haven’t read the Pulitzer & Nobel prize winning… wait a minute… oops… what day is it today? I meant to say Pulitzer & Nobel prize worthy novel, Feedback (listen, I can dream can’t I?) than you need to and spread the word!

Amazon – Kindle version only $2.99 and paperback $12.99!

From the 5 star reviews alone, you’ll ‚̧ it. Also, I’ll be announcing contests / prizes in the near future for new / old reviews so sit tight.

P.s. I can’t believe it’s been three years since I released this gem… full stop ūüôā


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Posted by on March 31, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Wednesday’s Quotes and Tunes…





Currently playing on Little Mountain FM

Coldplay – Magic
Advanced Falconry – Mutual Benefit
The Box Tops – The Letter
The Replacements – I’ll Be You
Stone Roses – Fools Gold
Happy Mondays – Step On
Echosmith – Cool Kids
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
Gary Clark Jr. – Can’t Sleep
Dance This Mess Around – The B-52’s

Special dedication spin for AM ‚̧
They Are All In Love – The Who
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Goodbye For Now – Eddie Vedder

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Posted by on March 15, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Women’s History Month


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Posted by on March 1, 2017 in Unedited Quill Spills


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Author Interview with Amber Batdorf



1. When did you start putting pen to paper?

I began enjoying creative writing in middle school. This is when I began to feel pride in my work and was first published in an anthology. Since then, it has been my dream to be a traditionally published author.

2. What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?

I would have to go with prose.

3. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Elinor Dashwood. I feel I am oftentimes more of a Marianne, but I really wish I could have Elinor’s¬†elegance¬†and grace.

4. Which famous writer can you most identify with?

I don’t really know how to¬†answer this question. I guess I would have to say I most identify with any YA author promoting a heroine worth looking up to.¬†

5. What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)

I currently have a blog ( that I attempt to update regularly. It’s mostly¬†anecdotal; about my crazy life, but with the¬†occasional writing update or excerpt.¬†

I am also finishing the second draft of my first, full-length novel Becca’s War. It is the story of a girl fighting both inside and outside of herself – battling the ideals she’s been raised with versus the truths she sees around her.¬†

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece? 

I don’t know if I really,¬†consciously change¬†anything from first draft to¬†second. I¬†start with a general idea of the story I want to tell, but as my characters grow and develop, they take control of the story and make their own decisions – whether I like it or not.¬†

This story has become something I’m really proud of and I don’t think it could have come about any other way.¬†

7. Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Just get it down! I give this advice to anyone who tells me they wish to write.

No one can tell your story but you. If you have a story in you, just get it out from start to finish. You can always add, polish, or embellish when editing drafts. The most important thing is to just get it out. Then the hard part is done and you can rejoice in the fact that you just wrote a poem, novel, etc.

8.¬†What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful ūüėČ

My grades were always great in English class because I love to read and I get really into literary theory. I shied away from creative writing classes because the idea of peer critique freaked me out, but I really wish I had taken more of them. It would make it easier to release my work to beta readers, I think.

9. How much research do you do for your writing?

I don’t like to over do it on the research unless it’s something awfully specific that would be offensive or even dangerous to misrepresent.¬†

10. Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?

I used to prefer writing longhand; loving the look and feel of a full notebook. When converting from page to screen, I found I was taking too much time editing as I went. Now I prefer to just get the story out on the computer, print the entire first draft, read, edit, and then redraft. 

11.¬†What is the best advice you’ve been given?¬†

The best advice I have ever been given is to not be afraid of an ugly first draft. It’s okay if it’s messy. It’s okay if it¬†doesn’t¬†always make sense. It helps you find your story. Don’t stress over making it perfect on the first go-around.

12.  What book do you think everyone should read?

Mrs. Mike¬†by Benedict and Nancy Freedman. I have read it at least two dozen times and it somehow manages to be more amazing each time. Don’t let the title fool you – it’s an adventure tale of a woman in the wild, untamed¬†territories¬†of early Canada.

 13. Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?

I started playing the flute the summer before fourth grade. Since then, I have added many woodwinds and even some low brass to my repertoire.

I can plunk out a tune or two on the piano, but I would really like to be able to play it proficiently. 

14. What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?

I would love to be traditionally published, but I am also doing the research on all that goes into self-publishing.

15. Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone¬†else’s¬†life for a week?

Without a doubt – Belle from Beauty¬†and¬†the Beast. Who wouldn’t want access to that¬†library?

16.¬†If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?

I have a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. If I couldn’t write, I think I would go back to further my degree so I could¬†teach¬†collegiate¬†level Literature.

17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?

Definitely Chevy Chase. I love me a good Vacation movie. I would have to go with John Cleese as I am more familiar with his work outside of Monty Python.

18. What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)

Finishing the first draft of my first, full-length novel. Just holding the complete, printed novel in my hand was almost overwhelming.

19.  What quote do you live by?

“I can paint.”¬†This phrase is a family mantra¬†meaning¬†“I can do it,”¬†especially¬†in instances where your capability has been¬†questioned. It¬†started as part of a story of a conversation between my grandfather and my aunt (when she was younger) and has just evolved into this powerful thing. Any¬†time anyone doubts me, even myself, I remember “I can paint.”

20. What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)  

I would love to be able to write full-time. I have so many stories in me I am just bursting to tell. I want to share them with the world.  

21. Would you like to ask me a question?

No, but I do want to thank you for the opportunity of this interview. It was fun!

It was a pleasure hosting Amber on here, thanks again!

For more information on this talented writer, please check out the below links:

Happy Holidays,

Little Mountain

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Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills


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My Interviews Featured In The Review Review Magazine

I’m very proud to be a contributing writer for The Review Review Magazine. My interviews are featured here:

Correction on interviews Рmy new blog address is:

Happy Tuesday!
Little Mountain

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Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Unedited Quill Spills


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