I recently received an email from an author friend who is being published Fall 2011. She was checking the names and spelling of those people that would appear in the acknowledgment section of her book. I was overwhelmed with this honor and deeply gratified to be on her list. It made me feel as though … Continue reading I would like to thank…
My story "How We Burn" is up today over at Necessary Fiction. "First Footing" is January's theme for the Writer in Residence feature on the site. Contributors were invited to take the last line of an established story and use it as the jumping off point for a new work. My story is inspired by … Continue reading First Footing: How We Burn
So, when I was young and starting out in my writing I fancied myself a poet. I filled notebooks with quasi-confessional prose poems (all very terrible), one of which started out with this line:"If it wasn't for shame, I'd have nothing to wear."I won't bore you with the rest of this overworked, tired metaphor about … Continue reading For Shame
Oh blog, how I have neglected you! Forgive me for this long absence. I attribute my inability to post to the brain drain associated with the novel revision process. Revision. It is like a vortex sucking away my time, energy and motivation. I know there are people who become energized by this process, who revel … Continue reading Long Time
My short story "Resting in Place" is up today at Necessary Fiction. Here is the opening few sentences to entice you to go have a read:"My father saved me from drowning in the Atlantic Ocean. I remember, even if he can’t anymore. My tiny self toddled around on the hot sand. I scooped up fistfuls, … Continue reading Published
I've read many blog posts by publishing folks about rejection. Rejection is a hot, juicy topic: dealing with it, decoding it, moving on from it, etc. There are whole sites dedicated to rejection. In some ways, rejection and the tally of these missives are a badge of honor to the aspiring writer. I've had my … Continue reading Acceptance
I was tooling around on the web and came across a link to an October 2008 article in The New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell - "Late Bloomers." It is a great read - go check it out. Gladwell makes some interesting observations about the nature of artists and the process of creation.He cites evidence from … Continue reading Writing Prodigy or Late Bloomer?