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michael-seidel's picture
Mar.14.2014
I continue with strong writing days, marveling and surprising myself.  I write with a sense that this isn't me writing.  I don't know who it is but it's not me. The novel in progress always takes unexpected turns.  I'm uncomfortable with some of them but I won't argue with myself....
robert-earle's picture
Jan.21.2014
The Untouchable by John Banville is an exceptionally good book, one of the best I've read in a long time. The story focuses on Victor Maskell, loosely based on the figure of Anthony Blunt, one of the infamous Cambridge Five, or Six…or Seven…, who in the 1930s began spying for the Soviets and...
holly-schindler's picture
Dec.01.2013
I’ve tried.  Really.  I’ve tried to act like it’s great fun, those amusement park rides that flip you upside down sixteen times or spin you faster than a rocket.  Growing up, my family used to have season tickets to Silver Dollar City, and every year I’d force myself to get on Fire...
raissa-falgui's picture
Aug.02.2013
I've been reading a couple of YA historical novels lately. They are full of compelling events. But I do not find myself completely drawn into the events. I attribute this to lack of character development. The first book is Karen Hesse's Stowaway. I loved her Music of the Dolphins so much I expected...
robert-earle's picture
May.17.2013
  Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carré is a novel about a Russian money-launderer (Dima) who seeks the help of a friendly British couple (Perry and Gail) when they meet on the island of Antigua.  Dima's need: to reach British intelligence and defect, not from the USSR, but from the...
louise-marley's picture
Feb.05.2013
I've just finished the fourth book by the fabulous Irish writer Tana French.  This woman is good, really good, which is why I've been devouring each of her novels as it appears.  I did reflect, however, as I reluctantly closed the cover on the most recent one, that there is a limit to how...
michael-seidel's picture
Dec.13.2012
This epiphany was about writing.  It concerned two short stories I'd written.   The first was about a rejected short story that I'd just revised and rewritten.  In the revision, the character has an epiphany about thinking more and acting less.  This is related to his father....
holly-schindler's picture
Aug.03.2012
If I’m to define “independence” in the same way that I think many teens view the term—as a word interchangeable with “adulthood”—I’d have to say that I actually thrust independence on the main characters of both my published YAs. Take Aura, the MC from my debut, A BLUE SO DARK.  Her mother,...
raissa-falgui's picture
Jul.27.2012
My daughter made a fuss earlier while eating her snacks. She said she was thirsty. I offered her water, but she insisted on juice. Juice and nothing but juice, which we didn't have right then. She was on the verge of a tantrum as we told her either to drink water or wait patiently until we could go...
anne-maclachlan's picture
Apr.17.2012
Back when I started writing short stories (in grade school), I felt my biggest problem was producing credible dialogue - and that problem never really ends, does it? I am very fortunate in having been raised among the works of classical English and French writers, so I went on a hunt. How did my...