I’m working on an assignment about global warming. As my sister would say, Geezus. This is scary stuff. I’ve already been reduced to running around the house turning off lights and asking my son to show me how to change the air filter in the car (changing it monthly can save 800 pounds of carbon […]
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 […]
Posted a lens on Squidoo about writing conferences last night. You can read it here.
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 […]
"A writer should be like a playwright–putting people on stage, putting ideas on stage, making the reader become the audience." David Halberstam, in the New York Times article about his death
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’ve just begun a companion blog to Word Strumpet. Its a place to park longer articles and will more informational and less topical. You can find it here. I just posted my article on story over there.