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The all-important sentence

Not all sentences end up in novels and stories. But novels and stories consist of nothing but. Sentences are the bricks as well as the mortar, the motor as well as the fuel. They are the cells, the individual stitches. Their nature is at once solitary and social. Sentences establish tone, and set the pace. […]

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R is for Resolute

It’s  the third week in February, the moon is pearly and full, spring is awakening, and days are stretching longer. Across the globe people are falling asleep, waking up, being born, dying, making love and plotting wars, cooking, dreaming and taking a wobbly first step. Writers are penning romances and thrillers and memoirs, poems and […]

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“The idea that you can’t explore contemporary themes in a historical setting is ridiculous. Do I want to write a novel set today? Only if I have the right story to tell. The times don’t matter at all–it’s always the story, the story, the story.” ~ John Boyne

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Reading as Remedy and Respite

According to The Guardian  sales of George Orwell’s 1984, published 67 years ago,  are now soaring. The novel warns about government propaganda, an authoritarian culture and historical revisionism, now jarringly resonant.   It’s where the term Orwellian comes from.But you probably already know that. The New York Times is also weighing in on this phenomena. The Atlantic is reporting that […]

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“Writing is…. being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page. If the wrong reader comes across the words,  they will remain just […]

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Opportunities for Writers from Poets & Writers

January is a great month to check out Poets & Writers online. What a resource. They have the most comprehensive list of contests, grants, and gigs around. Talk about a treasure trove. Check it out here.

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Brought to you by the letter R: Routine

Well my snow dreams have come true and last week a foot of snow fell on our area. And it’s still here. An unusual circumstance in the Willamette Valley, though I’m now living further east in the valley and closer to the Cascades. It was a snowfall to delight children, wet and heavy, perfect for […]

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Brought to you by the Letter R: Ritual, Resolute, Routine

We’re in the second week of January and the Portland area has come through another snow and ice storm. The southern part of Oregon has accumulated a lot more snowfall than we have although the nearby Cascades boast record snowfall levels. My Facebook friends’ photos of snowy wonderlands have left me with a bad case […]

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January…..at last. What are your writing plans for 2017?

This is what January looked like when I was a kid and it’s how my father’s yard looks in northern Wisconsin. Still. Cold that bites. Dusk arriving early. In the northern hemisphere it’s the perfect time to write. And read, of course. Write down your plans. Make them specific. Dream large. Use the quiet of […]

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