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What is it about a lighthouse?

What is it about a lighthouse and lighthouses in general? They seem to trigger tales of adventure or danger or disaster. They attract artists and photographers who want to capture their majesty and stalwart strength against nature. Writers such as … Continue reading

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Finding the Angle

You sit at your desk or take a walk and, as you do, you scratch at your brain’s stored content and loose ends. You want to find an angle for your story and a world backdrop against which your protagonist … Continue reading

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Allergies, Fog, Prose, and Poetry

I arrived at a recent poetry workshop (which I’d been looking forward to) with an allergy headache from hell and medicated with OTC allergy pills. During the four hour event, I went from foggy to foggier.  My plight was exacerbated … Continue reading

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And you write because?

And you write because? A good question. Have you thought about what compels you to write? Writing seems to be something I have to do, like eating. I grow unhappy or unsettled if I don’t have the opportunity to write regularly. … Continue reading

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A Positive Rejection? Say What?

After submitting several pieces of work to publications, I sometimes don’t know how to open my email. I mean, should I open it with a high sense of expectation or take my time – as in who jumps in line … Continue reading

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Does “The Open Window” by Saki still deliver?

We know a short story has a challenge: to deliver dramatic impact in a few pages. Even with that limitation, a good one stirs our emotions and continues to resonate long after we finish the last line. Have you read … Continue reading

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Books, Moods, and Locations

For years, I read one book at a time. I didn’t start the next book until the current book was finished. Sometimes during that process, I’d forget where I left the book du jour and have to go on a search … Continue reading

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