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tania-hershman's picture
Aug.03.2009
Find some air conditioning if you're in temperatures like mine (sorry to those of you in the southern hemisphere, don't mean to make you feel bad - stay warm) And then grab yourself a book. Want some reading ideas? The latest issue of The Short Review has plenty: First, we have...
anne-brooke's picture
Aug.02.2009
I have to say that last night's Rusalka was absolutely superb. I loved every minute of it. Wonderful singing, wonderful scenery and utterly astonishing costumes. A tour-de-force indeed. You can always tell how successful the Glyndebourne operas are by how lively the queue for the ladies' loos is in...
anne-brooke's picture
Jul.31.2009
It seems to have been a day of getting things done and pleasant surprises on the whole, which is always nice. Let's start with this morning's poem: Meditation 187 When the puzzle,the parable, the shadow,the mysterious everlasting dance of the spoken wordis laid to one sidefor a while all that is...
tania-hershman's picture
Jul.31.2009
I don't normally blog in the morning. I don't normally do much in the morning, but this one started off so well I thought I'd jot it down. First, I wake up, open Facebook, and see a lovely status update from a new writer friend, Nicola Morgan, who "doesn't normally read short stories",...
anne-brooke's picture
Jul.29.2009
Put out the bunting but I actually managed to get to bed at a reasonable time last night, hurrah! And really it does make all the difference – I feel much more alive today, thank the Lord. Anyway, here’s today’s poem, something of a conundrum in itself, I feel: Meditation 185 A city ravagedby music...
tania-hershman's picture
Jul.27.2009
It was not a great day. It started off hot, like all the other days recently. And the forecast says only: "Hotter than average", and "getting hotter." Outside is doing its impression of an oven. Dazzling sunlight. Not conducive to work. Not conducive to focus. So... after...
anne-brooke's picture
Jul.27.2009
Here’s this morning’s poem. It’s certainly not my idea of a good party, but there it is. Meditation 183 You celebrate your arrivalinto the landyou’ve waited forty yearsto enter with a mass circumcision.Really, if it were me,I’d have stuckto champagne and roses. Must admit to having a wave of Monday...
cliff-burns's picture
Jul.27.2009
Preparing to submit SOMETHING to Esquire's fiction contest:  but which of the three stories I've written and edited over the past month?  Aye, there's the rub.  I wrote about my dilemma in a bit more detail here.  Your sympathy and understanding would be much appreciated...
vicki-nikolaidis's picture
Jul.25.2009
I'm trying to write a short story but I am stuck.  I seem to get as far as writing a nice portait of a scene in time, but I don't think that I am really writing a short story. I'm wondering how to proceed.  Should I add more description?  Should I add more about the trip?  Should I braid together...
sharon-cupp-pennington's picture
Jul.24.2009
In a short story collection of Musgrave’s caliber, the dilemma becomes which tale to review from The Mayan Magician and Other Stories (2009, CIC Publishers, ISBN 0-9776503-8-3). With “The Mayan Magician,” this compilation’s lead story and namesake, Musgrave weaves a mystical tale of love, courage...