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I had a great exchange with another writer who wants to begin a magazine full of first-person stories in the vein of Morbid Curiosity, which I edited for 10 years. His initial note, with identifying information removed: "I'm studying journalism in Toronto.  I was a big fan of your work...
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What is the working title of your book? The Shadow of Death   Where did the idea come from for the book? My dad has had serious heart disease for the last twenty years.  I wanted to write about what it will be like to survive him.   What genre is it? Urban fantasy.   Who would...
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"If there is just ONE big thing that needs to be dealt with, start with that. I write it down, look at it, and keep it by my side until it’s done. After that, anything can happen, but I’m good to go because I’ve dealt with it. It’s easy to get distracted by the 'little things' and let the day slip...
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  Minda Powers-Douglas, of The Cemetery Club and Epitaphs Magazine, just published the first review of my Cemetery Travels Notebook: Cemetery Travels NotebookPhotography by Loren RhoadsSan Francisco: Automatism Press 2012 Loren Rhoads' "Cemetery Travels Notebook" is the perfect notebook for a...
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‎"If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it."  --Anais Nin
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My friend Martha Allard tagged me to play a game called "Look."  You find the word "look" in your current work-in-progress and copy the it and the surrounding paragaphs into your blog. Here's mine.  The story's called "Something in the Water."  Nothing magical happens yet, but just...
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I'm not sure where this was originally recorded (the internet is not helping me find out), but I like what she has to say: "My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you...
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Part of being a writer is striving to improve your writing.  However, asking for criticism is not the same as being able to listen to criticism. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and the new book Happier at Home, had some useful things about taking criticism on her blog, My...
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"If you do not answer the noise and urgency of your gifts, they will turn on you. Or drag you down with their immense sadness at being abandoned."  -- Joy Harjo, Crazy Brave
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I taught my first class ever this month.  It was an amazing experience.  Addictive.  I felt like I was able to see things about my students they couldn't see for themselves.  I felt like I was able to help them.  I felt incredibly honored to give them the gift of speaking...
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In happier days
My brother died today, ten years ago. It still seems fresh, unbelievable, insurmountable. I still think of things I want to tell him and reach my hand out for the phone. The beautiful black gravestone is not enough. The loss is still a hole in my life that will never be filled. I want to feel him...
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S.G. Browne, author of Breathers, Fated, and the new book Lucky Bastard, has some great advice for writers who are having trouble getting down to business. How To Write A Novel In Four Easy Steps I’m often approached by people who tell me of their struggles in trying to write a novel. Since I’ve...
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Not my childhood edition, which was faded orange
I was 10 the year my parents drove from Michigan to the Rocky Mountains for summer vacation.  The trip meant six weeks in the back of a truck camper: no TV, no radio. No parental supervision, since they rode in the cab of the truck. These were the days before handheld video games or home...
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The Panorama of Central Park
One of the things we wanted to do in New York City last week was to see the remnants of the 1964 World's Fair.  A couple of months ago, my husband read Brian Selznik's Wonderstruck with my daughter.  One of their favorite parts of the book took place at the miniature model of New York...
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The summer I was 9, I stole a book from my mother’s bookshelf.  It had a ferris wheel on its cover and told the tale of two boys on the verge of growing up.  It thrilled me and terrified me with its poetry. I went to the library and checked out R is for Rocket and S is for Space and The...
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