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cliff-burns's picture
Sep.28.2012
I've been a professional author for over 25 years. In all that time, I have encountered perhaps four or five genuinely intelligent, well-adjusted, trustworthy, decent editors.  Four or five.  In more than a quarter century of putting words on paper. The others? Stupid. Vain. Dishonest....
cliff-burns's picture
Aug.12.2012
There have been delays, a lengthier waiting period than I expected but, at long last, the proof of my next book is finally in the mail, zipping its way toward me as I type these words. I've been a professional author for over 25 years, with numerous books under my belt but, I have to tell you, it's...
caryn-mirriam-goldberg's picture
Jul.22.2012
For so many years, I defined myself as a writer who, among other things, had a novel she was trying to get published, or finished, or revised further, or written. For 38 years, I've been writing the novel in one form or another -- in my head, on the page, across the screen and deep in my psyche....
cliff-burns's picture
Jul.21.2012
Something changed this summer. I've started taking note of beauty. Natural beauty. No straight lines and enclosing fences. A grand chaos of smells and noises and sensations that can only be found in places far from the madding crowd. It didn't used to be like this. Summer was the busiest time of...
michael-seidel's picture
May.31.2012
Received my novel's first rejection. Yesterday was gorgeous with the mercury exploring the mid 80s and sunshine filling our blue sky valley. Even the moon sent an emissary to enjoy the afternoon, shyly hovering in the eastern sky.  Got much work done in writing and employment. Not much...
jill-jepson's picture
May.22.2012
Like most college professors, I have my students evaluate my classes at the end of each term. Students often assume we are required to do this for every class, but in fact, we have choice over how often we do it, and for which classes. I do it for most. Generally, I’m proud of the responses I get....
tayari-jones's picture
Apr.30.2012
Yesterday, I spent the weekend in Los Angeles to give readings from Silver Sparrow at Eso Won Bookstore and the Los Angeles Times Festival of the Book.  For both events, I wore the shoes you see pictured here.  I know they aren’t much to look at.  They’re not red-bottoms, or Jimmy...
cliff-burns's picture
Apr.01.2012
I admit it:  I'm terrible when it comes to promoting my books. As an indie author/publisher, that can lead to some awkward mental exchanges: Publisher:  (plaintively) Can't we do something to raise your profile? Author:  (firmly) The work should speak for itself. Publisher:  But...
len-boswell's picture
Feb.16.2012
When the doctor grabbed me by the ankles, lifted me in the air, and smacked me hard on my bottom, I knew I would be a writer. After all, even though I was “a brilliant little boy,” to use my mother’s completely objective words as she lay there postpartum , the best that I could vocalize was, “Goo-...
cliff-burns's picture
Feb.02.2012
Still experimenting with my tiny new Kodak "PlayFull" video camera. The other day I spent a few happy hours shooting footage of my bookshelves and then narrating and recording a short essay on my love of books, the crucial and, yes, life-saving role the printed word has played in my life. I've...