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meg-waite-clayton's picture
Sep.01.2009
Several years ago, I had the great (okay, and somewhat terrifying) experience of studying with Tim O'Brien at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. He gave our workshop the single best piece of advice I have ever gotten as a writer, advice I've tried to find quoted in his writings, to no avail. My...
nancybrady's picture
May.19.2009
I am the first to admit that I am more of a reader than a writer.  I read  much more than I write, but having had one outside review (Midwest Book Review), I haven't seen even a blip of a sale.  No matter, I really don't expect to sell many books since the genre of haiku is pretty limited; however...
nancybrady's picture
May.15.2009
I'm always one to have several books going at once, and this week is no exception.  It makes for interesting reading, keeping several plotlines in my head, but as I have mentioned before, I learned to do that when I was young.  I picked up two books from the library's new book shelf last Tuesday...
meg-waite-clayton's picture
Apr.21.2009
I just read a wonderful piece in The Literary Review that says, in the context of a review of a new book about Jane Austen: "In 1797, Thomas Cadell made one of the greatest mistakes in publishing history. A Hampshire clergyman had written to him, offering a three-volume novel for publication...
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Mar.22.2009
I am very happy to be here at Red Room. I am the author of two novels. Apron, 11, is a coming-of-age novel about a young girl growing up in Maine in the mid 80's. Now that her mom's dead and her father is set to marry the nurse that took care of her before she died, Apron is left to fend for...
meg-waite-clayton's picture
Mar.21.2009
There’s nothing like reading on radio to make you focus on how your writing sounds. I spent some time at the KQED studios Tuesday afternoon, recording an essay for the San Francisco Bay Area NPR affiliate’s “Perspectives” series, and two minutes yesterday morning listening to “Morning Edition” to...
meg-waite-clayton's picture
Mar.07.2009
I recently stumbled upon the following in an NPR story about Jack Kerouac's road to publication of On the Road: “Legend has it that Kerouac wrote On the Road in three weeks, typing it almost nonstop on a 120-foot roll of paper. The truth is that the book actually had a much longer, bumpier journey...
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Feb.23.2009
This past week was “going to the snow” holiday ....so we went to the snow. However, while I grew up conquering black diamonds and getting lots of air, while I taught my kids how to ski as soon as they could bear to wear those clunky boots and fall in the snow without thinking this was some bizarre...
robert-sward's picture
Feb.21.2009
Going through journal from Feb., 2007... transcribing, deciding what to keep, what to toss... startled to find entry, "Today I begin the great adventure of NOT writing poetry. Following on period of Black Moss Press and I sending out copies of God is in the Cracks, couple decent reviews......
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Feb.16.2009
Day #3 of transcribing hardcopy journal... love of facts, also dogs... language: 42% of all dogs in America sleep in the same bed as their owners. 69 million homes now have pets. More than 20% of all dogs are overweight. Last year Americans spent $14.3 billion on dog food. After 15,000 years of...