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karen-devaney's picture
Feb.06.2014
         All of us have those moments in life when our artistic momentum is derailed by a planned or unplanned circumstance; a move, a death, an illness, a new relationship, a new baby, etc. Historically I would be tossed into a tail spin-- panic stricken that I’d sink...
louise-marley's picture
Jan.27.2013
I love writers retreats.  My favorite is a semi-secret (because it's always full) retreat set in the magnificent rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula, in rustic cabins nestled on the shore of Lake Quinault.  It's a veritable orgy of writing, talk about writing, study about writing, even (...
mary-wilkinson's picture
Jan.12.2013
There is the welcome clatter of glass jars. The jars I gather from the pantry, the ones I saved up since my blackberry picking in September, the ones that have lain empty for months waiting to be filled with something seasonal and new. I put them into the oven to sterilise away, to banish the...
margie-marybelle-mckinnon's picture
Nov.16.2012
Distractions that we chose to be a part of our life consume the general population, hide our pain. We don’t necessarily see them as such. Shopping, reading, sports events, restaurants, movies, parties, and having sex are all distractions. We see them as pleasurable events and if we want our world...
michael-seidel's picture
Oct.09.2012
The writing day yesterday was another delight exploring words and writing stories, although the world didn't necessarily support me in my efforts. The computer’s Monday blues continued Monday night as unrest spread from the computers and the internet to cable television.  Since we use voice...
robert-terranova's picture
Jul.22.2012
I shouldn't be up this late. I know I'm going to regret it tomorrow, which happens to be later today. I got involved in a little cleanup project here on my computer. For some reason I seem to spend more time organizing my life here on this computer than I do in the rest of my life. Anyway, I...
diane-sherlock's picture
Sep.27.2011
Everywhere in Los Angeles, there is noise. There are few waiting rooms, retail or public spaces that don’t have music playing or blasting. I’ve been keeping my place quiet. Sometimes, I seek out a cafe to write and the noise fades into the background as I work, but most of the time, I like the...
dale-estey's picture
Jul.24.2011
 Why Writers Belong Behind BarsBy TONY PERROTTET  While researching the Marquis de Sade several years ago, I came across an intriguing biographical tidbit: that crazed French libertine, whose string of luridly violent works gave rise to the term “sadism,” actually began his literary career as a...
brian-moreland's picture
Mar.15.2011
A writer who was having too many family distractions asked me, "Have you ever just had to get away somewhere to write?" Yes, I would say my best writing happens when I take some time off and go on a brief writing sabbatical. Anywhere from a three-day weekend to five days, whatever time I...
christopher-meeks's picture
Nov.02.2010
Kurt Vonnegut in his short story "Harrison Bergeron" imagined the world of 2081 where everyone was equal. Ballerinas would have to wear sash weights and bags of birdshot so they could not be graceful. Beautiful people had to wear masks. Smart people had a little radio implanted in one ear...