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Aug.01.2012
Writing a novel takes up a whole era in a writer's life, and when the labor is done she no longer is the person she was at the start. Join me- support my new project Life or Honor: Life As Stranger - let's make it happen.
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Jul.12.2012
Yesterday the Axe fell on the novel, and how to be a competent reader.  Today it falls on Obsolescence.  Though every place remembers, not every person seems to matter.  How do we attempt a dialogue where no voice is done the 'slightest violence'?  I write about us those who are...
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Jul.10.2012
As a writer and language learner I am constantly trying to use the right word in the right way.  I also believe, as a language learner, that making mistakes is a form of community service.  The more people laugh, the better.   Different language communities take different approaches...
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Jun.29.2012
"Writing is a means of knowing, and in literature, knowledge is derived through form.  New knowledge can only be obtained through new forms.  Yet such a process requires distancing oneself from one's readership, not selling books and setting off on a path that Joyce exhausted years ago....
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Jun.28.2012
I don't understand—I don't want to accept—how Poets & Writers could have a story about the Dark Room Collective in the same issue that so unapologeticaly prioritizes a bottom line exclusivity and cultural status quo.  The remaining pages of the magazine illustrate the need for the Dark...
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Jun.28.2012
I've been reading Ploughshares' articles on rejection.  (Full disclosure:  I've been rejected by them this reading cycle.  And, I don't have the $3 necessary to submit again.)  I was going to post them, as a reminder of the process and the need to keep submitting.   Then I...
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Jun.25.2012
Today's the day! The Axe has landed.  You can view and suscribe at jaatarats. The first post explains How It Works. Comments are open and I'll be reading through all emails and comments and selecting three questions to answer each week. RIF:  Read More About It.  
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Jun.22.2012
Piling up the rejections (from Three Penny, Tin House and Zyzzyva) and sharpening my Axe. I'm also introducing new work by the artist NIKIL©. My novel, Urban Nizhóní, is available in full on line and features work by and about several contemporary artists:  Niki Lee,  Arctic Son, ...
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Jun.12.2012
Alls been quiet, but not innactive. Two more rejections for fiction, one for the agent.  The search goes on.  I am posting regularly to my FB page, in regards to this and will cease the "stats and facts" posts to the Red Room.  More importantly Tiene Su Se is at its first reader....
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Jun.08.2012
  Aditya Chakrabortty's title "Why are English and American Novels Today So Gutless?"  provoked me.[i] I have been turning further and further away from contemporary American offerings for literature that matters.  I read his article expecting an insight or solution to a contemporary...
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Jun.04.2012
Another rejection, this time from an agent in the 11-20. Pueblo Revolt sent out this morning, twice (electronic sub and USPS). One of my agents, in the 11-20, accepts submissions today.  I'll get that out now. Will be working on submissions for the next two weeks (how many of the top ranked...
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Jun.03.2012
Three journal rejections. Two journal submissions. Letter out to press regarding A Woman's Body Was Found There. Making fiscal decisions regarding $3 submissions and $0 income.  
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May.28.2012
This week:  three rejections from agents, one from a top ten, two from the 11-20. As I wrote last, I will be changing this blog, moving on.  I will continue to post stats and facts as they arrive.  But then I'm shifting my focus to new work, trying to integrate this process with my...
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May.23.2012
I'm still working on a new writing schedule.  My mornings are reserved for the novel, and my late morning is for developing my new project (tba).  I devote afternoon writing to submissions (three off today) and obsessions.  As I wrote, yesterday, I'm losing the thread--I don't even...
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May.22.2012
I planned to write a grand statement about my next step, having little to no news or movement during the last few weeks of my search—not including work going out, just no answers coming in. The last two days I've been deeply unhappy—largely due to this process, but also a consequence of the place I...
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