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Mar.18.2012
If there’s thunder, plug your ears. Putter around the house in something loose and elastic, flashlight in hand. A power outage should turn your focus toward storm drains and generators, away from the memory of one specific cheek- curve, how it bloomed with palm prints the day he spoke his mind and...
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Apr.02.2011
My sister just made several dozen new drawings and National Poetry Month is upon us, so what could be more natural than for me to use her drawings as prompts for my first drafts? Don't worry, I won't post the results every day -- except on my blog, Shiva's Arms. This is my kickoff poem, and it...
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Mar.14.2011
Not my Kindle -- I haven't bought one yet.  Here's the sell page for all you technologically savvy folks: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004R1QBUG   My publisher says the novel will be available for the NOOK and iPad in a few days. I'll catch up later.
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Feb.01.2011
My ninety year old mother broke her hip last spring. She is a modest woman, but one day she wanted to show me her scar. Why would she do that? And how could I describe it? How much history should I include - for instance, should I let the reader know she has Alzheimer's? I decided to open...
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Nov.06.2010
My second novel, Rescuing Ranu, is now available on Kindle. I’m still not sure about the logic of selling a book it took three years to write for $3.99 in the Amazon Kindle Store, but all the kids are doing it, and maybe you want to, also. To edit your word doc source file for electronic readers...
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Oct.16.2010
attraction You’ve always had the idea in the back of your mind to write a novel “someday,” but that’s one elastic time frame. How to make the first move? As with all relationships, the action starts with a spark. For me, it was a TV show documenting an Indian’s decision to leave his family and...
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Oct.14.2010
You’ve spent hours, days, weeks, perhaps months, crafting your short story. You’ve shaped a narrative of plot, setting, conflict, point of view, character, and theme, and taken it through three or more revisions. You’ve received critical feedback from at least one trusted reader, and read your...
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Jul.02.2010
 Something nice & wet for a summer day- http://seastories.org/2010/07/cheryl-snell/
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Jun.07.2010
 It may just be a case of loin-girding, but as my blog tour nears I've become more interested in how writers handle  negative reviews. Shall I take Billie Holiday's advice and Don't Explain, when I think a reader not only dislikes my book , but doesn't get it? I probably wouldn't have the nerve to...
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May.28.2010
Last night I dreamed I was in front of the Om Building, one of the locales in Shiva's Arms. I was on my knees making a kolam, just like in the scene where Amma is preparing to receive the "pompous bandicoot" maestro and his "vixen daughter". Outside (in real life and in the...