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jill-jepson's picture
Sep.26.2012
Many years ago in another lifetime—the 80’s, I believe it was called—I lived in Florida with my then-husband, the author Omar S. Castaneda. Omar’s best friend at the time was a talented poet by the name of Jonathan Harrington. Jon wrote fine, deceptively delicate verse—underneath his simple,...
page-lambert's picture
Sep.25.2012
Writers are brave.  It’s what we do best.  We cast aside our fear of the blank page, of the unknown, dip our proverbial pen into the ink, and commit word to paper—one stark letter after another.  We leave the safety of “out there” and enter the unchartered landscape of “in here.”...
jill-jepson's picture
Sep.23.2012
Last night, my husband John and I went to Waiting for Godot at the Jungle Theater here in Uptown Minneapolis. According to the play notes, early productions of Godot were known for their “ambulatory” audiences: large numbers would walk out part-way through. That seemed to be the...
jill-jepson's picture
Sep.21.2012
This week, I blogged partly about language: about how the repetition of a specific  expression helped me feel lighter and calmer when things weren’t going well. Because language is at the core of the writer’s work—and because I am a total language geek who just can’t get enough of the...
jill-jepson's picture
Sep.20.2012
Not everything went wrong this week, but enough did to make me feel like a hole had formed in the universe somewhere and all my stuff was falling through it. I lost my keys and had to call security every time I entered or exited my office. One of those days, it made me late for my own class, a...
annette-talbert's picture
Sep.18.2012
So, with all of the insights and observation. All of the advice and tools shared at the conference, the question remains: How do I create a writing life? How do I arrange my life so I can write? It usually comes down to time and money. I need to make enough money to support my family. Right now...
jill-jepson's picture
Sep.14.2012
Most of the new writers I talk to have stories they’ve heard about someone whose first book won them a fat contract, national renown, and a lifetime of luxury. These stories seem to be contagious. Perhaps they’re picked up by contact with other new writers at conferences.  Or maybe Satan is...
caroline-leavitt's picture
Sep.13.2012
I love books on writing. I have a garden of them by my desk, but Joan Frank's is something special. Deeply personal and enormously practical, it gets at the beating heart of what it really means to be a writer. Joan's not only the author of five books  of fiction, she was also a...
jill-jepson's picture
Sep.12.2012
Every year, a tiny number of books become bestsellers. They are attractively displayed in the windows of Barnes & Noble. Their authors are interviewed on NPR. Everyone seems to have heard about them, and half the people you know have a copy. Their success might come from good writing, but...
jill-jepson's picture
Sep.11.2012
Our university semester starts the Wednesday after Labor Day, which means I just finished my first week of the new term. For the past few days, I’ve been meeting new students, answering all kinds of questions, explaining assignments, and putting out various fires. I’m exhausted. Every year at this...