Wednesday, December 12, 2018

We are Us and They are We

by Laura Mahal (She/her) 

A short detour down a Rabbit Trail to a path called "Pronouns"

It’s okay if you don’t know who Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla, Rafaella Gabriela Sarsaparilla, and Albert Andreas Armadillo are, nor what their relationship is to one another or to a kangaroo, an aardvark, and a rhinoceros. 

If curiosity is going to keep you up at night, a Schoolhouse Rock video will happily dance off your screen and into your ears, if you click here: Schoolhouse Rock--Pronouns.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Writing inspiration comes from the pigskin

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In the fall I have several literary routines:

1.     Read my New York Times
2.     Delve into one of the past issues of the New Yorker Magazine
3.     Review my writing from the work week
4.     Curl up with the novel I’m currently reading
5.     Spend copious hours watching college and professional football

Number five may not seem like a writerly endeavor, but football has more to offer writers than an excuse not to write.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What Gets the Ink on the Page

By David E. Sharp

Writers are a creative group. And with creativity comes idiosyncrasy.

Admit it! You have weird habits!

Do you consume copious amounts of coffee like Honoré de Balzac? Or, are you more in line with Faulkner and Hemingway; maybe you consume something stronger?

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Writer's Life

By Brian Kaufman

I have a notion that might comfort the discouraged. If you put words to the page, you’ve heard a familiar pointed question. Relatives wonder if your time would be better spent with family. Bosses wonder if you’re as committed to your job as you should be. Friends wonder if you’re fooling yourself. 

In the past, the answer to that one pesky question drew a line between someone with talent and someone without. Today, there are publishing venues for anyone with a cupful of skills and a bucketful of persistence. Small press. Blogs. Literary magazines. Webzines and eBooks. 

Today, doubters require more information. Do you have a book? Are you self-published?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Finding the Write Group

By Jason Meadors

Not every writer needs to be in a group, just like not everyone needs to have kids, or pets, or morning coffee. (I have all of that, so I don't understand life without them, although it's obviously possible.)

I visited a couple different writing groups in my past writing life, and "past writing life" means I was stringing short stories together for the entertainment of friends and family while otherwise staying busy getting continually word-mired in the Great American Novel.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Benefits of Reading Aloud

By David E. Sharp

I was a quarterback on the speech and debate team in high school. You didn't think we had quarterbacks in speech and debate? We totally did. And I was one. Take my word for it. Don't research this.

Some of my favorite tournament events involved cutting a piece of prose or poetry and reading it aloud to a room of judges and other students who hope you don't read as well as they do. More fun than it sounds.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Picture Perfect?

By Kristin Owens

Last year, I attended a writing conference where I met a lot of authors in person. Everyone ditched their yoga pants and wore clothes with zippers and buttons. I recognized a few from their dust jackets or social media icons. Others . . . not at all. 

The author at one keynote session spoke, and I had to refer back to the program to make sure I was in the correct room. It took several glances. The photo wasn't current. Not even from this decade.

This repetitive motion hurt my neck, and while licking a Motrin, I missed her presentation.

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