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Friday Roundup, without hope, without despair

Was reminded of some words of wisdom–I first encountered in my English major days–from Austin Kleon quoting Raymond Carver who was quoting Isak Dinesen. Carver and Kleon both put these words on a 3×5 card on the wall, and I’m doing the same. Here’s what I’ve been up to the past 7 days:   What… Read more »

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Friday Roundup, be here now

“You can’t ask for flowers– know what I mean– you either get’m or you don’t.”  –Liam Gallagher  Fall is (finally) here. This is what I’ve been up to for the first week in November:   What I’m reading:  The Killer Inside Me — Jim Thompson: A classic of neo-noir and American Crime with a forward by Stephen… Read more »

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5 Documentaries on Showing your Work

For inspiration on how to show your work , or to just get fired-up about the creative process in general, check out these five documentaries that take a look at the journey, the sweat, and the drama behind the finished product.   Oasis: Supersonic    Supersonic chronicles the hard work and brilliant musicianship that would catapult Oasis… Read more »

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Fiction Abortions

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while and you saw my recent post about starting a novel, you might be thinking: what about the one you were re-writing last year, or the one you drafted in 30 days? The answer: those are in the bin. I’ve written and thrown away three short novels:… Read more »

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Show Your Work!

 Yesterday’s blog post started as a long caption on Instagram, under a photo of my writing tools. I was sharing my stoke over starting a new novel–in the only way I can since I won’t say what it’s about until I have a draft–but I was also answering a prompt from Austin Kleon’s handy little book,  Show… Read more »

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I’m Writing a Novel, these are my tools.

It begins. I’m starting a novel. These are my tools: 4”x6” index cards — For my notes. The plastic box is a dumping ground for scene sketches, setting and character details, and random tidbits I don’t want to lose. I started filling the box before I had time to get real about starting a draft…. Read more »