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Dec.03.2012
I've had a lot of interviews but Yuvi Zalkow, who interviewed me for The Rumpus this week, has a special quality--as a person, a writer, and an interviewer. His own writing scrapes the heart with authenticity. (See A Briliant Novel in the works at http://tinyurl.com/bqq9nwu)  As...
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Oct.17.2012
Reading has always involved a secret meeting between the writer and the reader. It has some of the aura of an antiquated confessional booth because the writer and the reader never see each other.  It's a meeting where the reader recreates the book in his or her singular imagination. ...
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Sep.13.2012
Perhaps like most writers, I almost never re-read my work once it's published.  Publication is a dissemination of the story, a wonderful kind of deconstruction. Indeed it reminds me of the final ritual in Native American sand paintings, in which the painting is destroyed and scattered to the...
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Aug.27.2012
    So far  I'm happy with reviews of my book so the following thoughts aren't coming from immediate personal disappointment.  But in the past (and surely in the future) I'll find a blogger of fiction or a review on any number of sites that says:      ...
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Aug.20.2012
Tomorrow I'm going to Los Angeles to give readings from my new book. I've figured out how to get three days mileage from one outfit, cram little vials of liquid soap and cream into one plastic baggie and stuff everything into one backpack.  Hence the material world is in order. But ...
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Aug.20.2012
  Readers often ask me where my stories come from and in truth the imagination is mysterious to me---I never know where it begins or ends because the seeds of my stories have a “given” quality and I can’t really will them to happen. It’s almost as though there’s a pneumatic tube of the...
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Aug.13.2012
Whenever my mother called from the east coast, she would ask Are you writing? -- As though, at that very moment, I was playing the QWERTY keyboard like a piano, pounding one word after the other, each word leading to the next, until a concerto would blast from the keys. If only it had been...
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Jul.18.2012
Enchantment: New & Selected Stories
Meg Waite Clayton asked me to do a blog for her about  how I became a writer.  Since writing is always a process, something that is always emerging, I wrote about how I began to develop as a writer long before I knew what writing was, long before I ever knew about publishing. I ...
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Jul.08.2012
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This week my book ENCHANTMENT is being released and--at the urging of some intrepid supporters--I am launching it with a story-in-tweets for Twitter.  Twitter has always been a mystery to me. I see it as a two-storey gossamer house. On the first floor etheric people float from tweet to tweet...
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Jul.02.2012
Enchantment: New & Selected Stories
The cover of Enchantment shows a woman at a circus leaning over a booth. For a long time I wondered why this cover seemed "right" and later realized it's because it depicts the irony of enchantment: At some point the spell is always broken.  This applies to Rumpelstilskin, Snow White...
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Jun.25.2012
Three  stories are in BLIP Magazine.  Please take a look.     blipmagazine.net/summer-2012/thaisa-frank/
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Jun.22.2012
it's like a fast curve in universe coming back to you.      In other words--a strange feeling.  Sent off by me but returned to me through a long chain of events, starting with the publishing house and then the editor and the copy editor and the proofreader and the cover designer...
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Jun.19.2012
When Victoria Johnson invited me to write a guest blog about what I would tell my 16-year-old self, I instantly had an image of  being sixteen and looking at myself in the mirror--an image I kept dismissing.   I had a template in my mind about what I should want to tell myself at that age...
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Jun.14.2012
I've been gone from the Scribes, whom I love, and Heidegger, about whom I have mixed feelings but who started HEIDEGGER'S GLASSES for me.   My new book, ENCHANTMENT, is coming out and I've been immersed in circus peformers, angel channelers, a Midwestern vampire, and the journey of a sad...
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May.14.2012
There are many lists that I have that potentially keep me from writing.  There are, of course, cleaning the desk, remembering to feed the cat, e-mail discussions with SOs about dinner, gifts for kid's teachers, a costume for Burning Man, laundry, buying more paper.   These are lists about...
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