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A Public Reading of Another’s Work

Doing a public reading of another author’s work is an honor and a responsibility, and definitely feels different from doing a reading of your own stuff.  With your own, you’re protective and vulnerable. Nervous. (See my post from 10/15/15 called “What … Continue reading

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Pictures and Words

It’s always interesting to see your work in a magazine or journal in its final published form – the layout of the piece on the page, the general tone and feel of the publication, the use of pictures, if any. … Continue reading

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Stepping in Potholes

I have some writing projects I want to work on, but I keep falling into life’s potholes. Like what you may ask? Ah, let me count the ways. Pothole number one: the microwave. The thing sounded like an airplane when … Continue reading

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Humor, French Pastry, and Moi

I don’t usually write humor. My short stories, the novel in my desk drawer, essays, and poems tend to be serious. Sometimes even a little dark. I have nothing against writing humor. Just my bent. But the genre also intrigues … 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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My novel’s like a tree?

How do you go about writing a novel? Good question. I’ve been reading, studying, and analyzing different approaches by authors and writing coaches. Why? Because I have a novel basking in various stages of undress in both a computer file … Continue reading

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Have you figured out your writing process?

Out of curiosity, I’ve been trying to understand my writing process, particularly for the short story. I seem to do one of two things. Either I jot down a brief outline or list and start writing or I just start … 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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For Writers and Readers of the Short Story: An Interview with Book Reviewer and Screenwriter Heidi Simmons

My first “meeting” with screenwriter, feature writer, and book reviewer Heidi Simmons occurred a few years ago while I was reading the Coachella Valley Weekly. I came across a book review  she wrote on a short story collection. As a short story … Continue reading

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Imagination – Keeping It Alive

Before TV and high-tech came on the scene, people listened to their entertainment on the radio.  To soaps and sitcoms and mysteries and children’s programs. To sports and news. They conjured in their minds how a situation or character looked. … Continue reading

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