Review: Between, Georgia

Just finished reading Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson.  I liked it.  Don’t throw fried green tomatoes at me, but sometimes the whole quirky southern fiction thing wears a wee bit thin. (Stop it! Stop pelting me!  I went to school in the south!  I teach down there!) This book had quirkiness galore but the main […]

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Writing Translation

Writing Translation

Happy May Day. My student, Ben Norwood, sent me a wonderful end-of-the-semester gift today–a copy of the The Republic of Letters, the journal begun by Saul Bellow.  Ben translated one of the stories in it, a piece called, “Xavier the Leper,” by Alberto Rangel, from Spanish. I’m just in awe of this. The story is […]

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Bad Writing Habits Follow Me Wherever I Go

I’ve been working on removing an excess of interiority from my novel.  Scenes which otherwise might clip along are bogged down by my protagonist, the beloved Emma Jean, thinking too damn much.  We’ve been talking about this bad habit of mine in my weekly writing group, but I hadn’t internalized it until I started reading […]

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No Readers But Lots of Writers?

The other day I dragged myself to the gym.  (Yes, I do manage to accomplish that once in awhile.)  The man on the treadmill next to me, who later introduced himself as Richard, was reading a Michael Connelly novel and I was reading Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson. We were discussing the vagaries of putting […]

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Rewriting Without Ruination

I can never decide if I like writing the rough draft or rewriting better.  Actually, it usually depends on where I am in the novel.  If I’m writing a rough draft, I wish I was rewriting.  If I am rewriting, I long for the freedom of the rough draft. Brings to mind a saying my […]

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Writing Resistance

Today, I know all about Rosie’s decision to leave The View.  I know all about the storms that ravaged towns in Texas near the border to Mexico.  All about them. Why?  Because I’m supposed to be writing.  This is my morning to work on my novel.  Its so much easier to look at stories on […]

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