A Single-Spaced World

Suddenly, it is a single-spaced world.  This thought just occurred to me as I was editing an article I am going to post on my new companion blog.  Last time I tried importing something from Word that was double-spaced I got everything all messed up, even after I’d figured out how to do it without […]

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Mayborn Writers Conference

Just got back in touch with my friend George Getschow after a few months of us both being so buried in work that we’ve not been in contact.  That’s a bad thing–I miss him.  He’s buried in work because he is the organizer of one of the best writing conferences in the country–the Mayborn Literary […]

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List of Writing Prompts–1

Prompts Time yourself, (10-20 minutes), do not quit writing no matter what I don’t know how she does it. I don’t know why he does it. You’re on the wrong road. The last bus left. It’s dark, it’s cold and I am hungry. I love being lost. The Ides of March. What use is it […]

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On Writing Prompts

I’ve been wanting to write a post about writing prompts for awhile now.  Tonight while farting around on the internet, I found a contest based on a prompt (this is for women only, sorry guys).  You can find it here. Truth is, its kind of dorky.  But then, prompts are kinda dorky, don’t you think? […]

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Writing Every Day

Last night Jonathan Lethem (see previous post for more on his lecture) talked about the one and only rule he follows for a writing schedule.  He does not write to a specific word or page count.  What he does do is write something every day, even if its only for 15 minutes.  Lethem says that […]

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Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan  Lethem, author of Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn , among other books and novels, was at Portland Arts and Lectures last night.  I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never read him, but my friend Lauri had an extra ticket, and being the book slut that I am, I figured I’d go. I’m glad I […]

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My dearly departed pug, Igor, celebrating Christmas a few years ago.

Writing While You Sleep

This is a photo of my pug, Igor, sleeping.  Igor is a prodigious sleeper, and its a safe bet that he is not worrying about his writing while he sleeps.  More likely he’s worrying about nabbing a chewie when he wakes up.  Or making sure someone feeds him.  (Pug has a wee bit of a […]

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Short and Sweet or SEO?

We all know Seth Godin is a god (its even part of his name).  I’ve been reading his free e-books on blogging and making lenses on Squidoo.  (Go here to find them.) Seth talks about making blog entries short and sweet.  Good strategy.  What I find very interesting, though, is the contrast between the blog-writing […]

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