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Mar.12.2014
    The article linked below is one all writers should read, and it's one that certainly speaks to me. I've spent years lost in the woods (read: another career) while writing virtually nothing. But what I subsequently discovered is that those woods did indeed leave me with much soil from...
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Jan.31.2014
The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson   As is my case with most books, I warmed up to this one slowly. My warming, however, became only tepid with The Orphan Master’s Son. I like stories, you see, and defined characters within such stories. That makes me an odd fit for postmodern...
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Dec.04.2013
  Last week, while feeling the pain of a rebuilt knee jousting with the better pain medicines, I had a call from a friend of a friend - a writer - who, after some brief forays into seeking publication for her work, was feeling down and unloved. In the writerly reward sense. As it turned out,...
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Oct.30.2013
Most of what's being written  about new publishing opportunities has to do largely with e-books, and some about new marketing opportunities, both involving the digital world. But why not also involve the structure of writing itself?    An idea has been slowly coming to me over the...
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Oct.18.2013
I'm reposting this - after gussying it up a bit, because it's well, important, and I suspect there's something here that will lead us out of literature's wilderness.   This is something of a postscript on a previous post on a popular subset of postmodern literature, something you can find...
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May.22.2013
"I was a drifting ship. I now feel like I have just hoisted my sails, and can sense wind filling them." ~ longtime foreign correspondent, novelist Jessica JJ Lutz Here's what happened when a longtime foreign correspondent quit journalism to become a novelist. She tumbled into a void. No...
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Jan.21.2013
Underneath all good writing is a strong structure. You may not see it, but it’s there. The word “structure”—to new writers especially—can sound like a quick way to make something dull. It’s the teacher at school who makes you diagram sentences and create outlines. It’s Dad coming into his 14-year-...
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Jan.15.2013
The New Yorker can be something of a mixed bag. On one hand it presents one of the last and best resources for long form journalism, narrative nonfiction, poetry, and in some instances short stories. On the other, it can be pedantic, pompous, and come across as if they are constantly trying to...
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Oct.03.2012
image via karenswhimsy.com   Today, I'll finish the third edit of a historical novel I've written set in the Middle Ages, and this has me looking back. I started research on this rather obscure subject and personality some 20 years ago, and then came compiling and synthesizing the data. The...
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Sep.27.2012
Last night the missus and I went to see a play, "R. Buckminster Fuller - The History (and Mystery) of the Universe." I'm not sixteeen years old, so I hesitate to use the word "awesome," but the play was, well, awesome. For several reasons: Playwright D.S. Jacobs synthesized thousands of pages of...