Monthly Archives: February 2012

Leap (Year) for Joy

Today is February 29, 2012. There was no February 29, 2011 and there won’t be a February 29, 2013.  2012 is a leap year and today is leap day, which that means some interesting stories are popping up in the … Continue reading

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That’s What She Said

The other day I was having a phone conversation with a student about dialogue tags. Dialogue tags are what you include on the end of lines of dialogue to indicate who is speaking. I was going through the different reasons … Continue reading

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The Power of Performance

Recently, I went to a poetry reading expecting the usual deal–a reader in front of a microphone with a fist full of papers, reading them.  No problem.  But then, my friend and colleague Ashley Inguanta took the stage, carrying a … Continue reading

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Hello, Turtle!

When I was a kid I had to walk to and from school by myself, and it was a long walk. To pass the time, I would make up stories in my head. Sometimes they would be grandiose fantasies about … Continue reading

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Make ’em cry!

Recently, NPR posted this story: The Ballad of the Tearful: Why Some Songs Make You Cry.  It features Adele’s “Someone Like You” and explains why, technically, in terms of the music itself, this song elicits emotion.  The post offers audio of … Continue reading

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Random Musings – Long Fiction through Short Fiction

The short story is a form that I have had a love-hate relationship with since I started writing seriously. It is a form that I comfortably work in—I “get” short story —but I think my general affinity for the form is … Continue reading

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

I just love this book trailer. Can you guess why? As we become more immersed in the digital world, the simple joy of reading seems to have lost its glamour. After all, there’s a lot of really cool technology out … Continue reading

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