This and That

The Rattle of Rejection

I wonder if I will ever be the kind of person who doesn’t spend a minute feeling the pain of rejection. I mean, did the big boy writers (Mailer, King, Bellow) ever fall in a heap about rejection? Or did…
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The Anatomy of Baseball; The Anatomy of Story

National Public Radio’s All Things Considered featured an intriguing story about baseball yesterday. In it, Robert Siegel talks to Wall Street Journal reporter David Biderman about his analysis of how many minutes of action there is in a typical broadcast…
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Vision is ahead of execution

I am fretting. About what? You ask. About this gosh darn middle grade novel I am writing. You see, I have never written a novel before. A whole 24,000 plus word novel. I am fretting because I’ve never done it…
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An analogy and a question

I just heard that a friend’s endometrial cancer has returned. This is very bad news. She has already endured an operation, six months of chemotherapy, and 60 treatements of radiation. Now she and her doctor will sit down and decide…
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Yogi Advice

I was in my yoga class and the teacher said, “If you are not resting deeply in savasana (corpse pose), then you are probably not working hard enough in your postures.” Hmmm…I turned this idea over and over after I…
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Make nice sounds

I am walking my two dogs through my neighborhood. It is early morning. A father and son are walking down their front steps to their car. The father said, “Say hello to the dogs.” The son said, “But they can’t…
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Revision-A Schizophrenic Odyssey

I am staring at this line: “I wanted to ask Momma again…” It doesn’t matter what the character wanted to ask. What matters in this revision is the “again.” First I wonder, “Did the character ask it before?” I go…
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What is a blog?

For Spike Gillespie, it is an odyssey that is her life.* For Liz Scanlon, it is an entwining of her life, her poetry, her books. For Brian Yansky, it is his thinking about the craft of writing. For Carmen Oliver,…
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