Monthly Archives: August 2022

Something Wonderful

Night Stars over snow, And in the west a planet Swinging below a star— Look for a lovely thing and you will Find it, It is not far— It never will be far. Sara Teasdale

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Conjuring Characters

How do you create characters whose experiences have nothing to do with your own? Imagination? Intuition? Research? A big question! An intrepid group of writers tackled it in a recent freewheeling Craft Chat hosted by the Write Group. A few … Continue reading

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Coaxing Creativity

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein We’ve all had those moments when we feel like our muse is on vacation and our creative juices just aren’t flowing. As my friend and mentor Rob Gilbert often says, “You’re not … Continue reading

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Linda Uplifts

“My friends are my estate.” Emily Dickinson I was going to write about something else today, but my friend Linda had other plans for me. You see, today, August 10th, is her birthday. She passed away earlier this year after … Continue reading

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Award Alert

We don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. We’re simply looking for the best. We don’t define, nor are we interested in, stories identified by their genre. We do, however, consider ourselves a publication that focuses on … Continue reading

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Write Freely

Brenda Ueland was an independent, highly successful writer who authored a classic called, If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit. What a marvelous, magical title! She was a true believer in the power of creativity … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

Viewing the Waterfall at Mount Lu Sunlight streaming on Incense Stone kindles violet smoke; far off I watch the waterfall plunge to the long river, flying waters descending straight three thousand feet, til I think the Milky Way has tumbled … Continue reading

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Worth Writing

How to Enjoy Writing: A Book of Aid and Comfort — love this title! This guide by Janet and Isaac Asimov has a passage that leaped out at me: “To be a writer means to write when the weather is … Continue reading

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Pudgy Prose

“Despite its tireless narrative energy, despite its relentless inventiveness, the book is bloated…Repetition is the problem; the same stories are told several times, accruing more detail with each telling.” This unsparing review of a novel by a popular writer is … Continue reading

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“Today, Well-lived”

Today, I was blessed to happen upon the wonderful Sanskrit “Salutation to the Dawn” by Kalidasa and wanted to share it with you: Look to this day, For it is life, The very life of life. In its brief course … Continue reading

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