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Apr.03.2014
More gems from #AWP2014 Fascinating AWP panel on novellas: “Less is More than Ever: A New Time for Novellas” with Kathryn Locey, Janet Thielke, Lynn Pruett, Cary Holladay and Lorraine Lopez. The panelists have suggested that it’s time we stop thinking of a novella as a bloated short story or a...
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Feb.28.2014
The first day of #AWP2014 ended brilliantly with Annie Proulx’s keynote, a witty, acerbic and delightful look at the history of publishing since the 1940s, the advances and retreats, the blindness of many to the changes until they were ‘cattle in the feedlot.’ With her hair sticking out in odd...
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Dec.14.2012
Marvelous piece by Silas House: "We writers must learn how to become still in our heads, to achieve the sort of stillness that allows our senses to become heightened. The wonderful nonfiction writer Joyce Dyer refers to this as seeing like an animal… We writers must become multitaskers who can be...
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Dec.11.2012
Love it when science delivers a reason behind a craving, in this case my empty-nester’s new craving to pick up my purse and keys, throw on a black coat, and get out into the San Francisco night, to see young people out on dates, to go where the crowd is, to wander Valencia St. with no destination,...
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Nov.14.2012
On the oddities of non-fiction:“…Such is the modern personal essay from the House of Ira Glass.  It should be called something else, other than nonfiction. “Re-enactmention,” perhaps. Wherein a predominantly true story is made more complicated in the service of art.  There’s gratuitous...
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Jul.04.2012
I’m struck by the recent book review of “How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick’s Robotic Resurrection” and I’ve been puzzling over some questions it raises for writers. First, the facts.  The book “explains how a team of researchers at the Univ. of Memphis collaborated in...
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Jul.02.2012
When I began blogging the reason was because I decided that I wanted to write. I wanted to do something that would compel me to write. I wanted to pursue my passion and write in my retirement. My passion will supplement my retirement check with a little extra. I am on my way. I am one of the...
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Oct.17.2011
The recent story of Bay Area writer Joe Quirk who is suing Sony Pictures and others over copyright infringement contains a number of disheartening facts: “Even at (a) time when the value of intellectual property is perhaps higher than ever, with local technology companies including Google and Apple...
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Sep.21.2011
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with willpower.  As a writer I count on it to get me to the desk but as a non-conformist I rail over the Puritanical, judgmental tone that always seems to come with the advice to exert willpower over temptations.  And as someone who constantly...
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Aug.07.2011
In my latest podcast I use my experience as an award-winning writer of nonfiction, crime fiction, and historical thrillers to show how to structure your book and, in the case of fiction, how to lay out your plot. This is the second of three episodes titled How to Write a Book. The next episode will...