Monthly Archives: January 2012

Book of Crazy

When I was in grad school I always carried a tiny Moleskine notebook with me in my purse so I could jot down story ideas that struck me during inopportune moments. I’d write a line here, a word there, sometimes … Continue reading

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To Research Stories or Not to Research Stories

I’ve recently chosen a new story for my classes to read: “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel.  This is a beautiful story about a young woman who visits her best friend who is dying from … Continue reading

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Random Musings – Odd Narrative Structures

Before I start this post, I must warn: spoiler alert all through this. If you ever have an interest in reading Phobos: Mayan Fear by Steve Alten, you might want to skip this post. An incredibly interesting book, if very … Continue reading

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Where do you read and write?

Are you one to inhabit coffee shops, not hearing the coffee grinder in the background? Do you sit alone, at home, in a quiet room with a comfy chair? Do you have different rituals for reading than writing? In what … Continue reading

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Prompts from Poets and Writers!

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Moving In: Settling into a Big Project

I’ve got a project in mind.  It’s a big project.  It’s a novel. In my head, I’m a quarter through.  On paper, I’m at zero. I always stumble when it comes to setting up my organizational scheme, or, as I … Continue reading

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A Visit From the Goon Squad and Towns with Secrets

When I was an undergraduate, I was taught by a professor named Jeanne Leiby, an awesomely dynamic instructor, writer, editor, and friend.  She has recently passed away, and, though it is difficult to write about her, I’m mentioning her here … Continue reading

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