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Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare..

“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds […]

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Upcoming workshops at Chanticleer Author’s Conference

A chalky, gloomy sky this morning in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve had a few days of soft temperatures and sunshine and now we’re in for more rain, after record-breaking amounts tumbling from the sky. these past months For those who stop by here, thanks. I haven’t been around much lately because I’ve been editing manuscripts […]

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“In the Eskimo language, the word for ‘to breathe’ and ‘to make a poem’ are the same… Remembering this has been wildly helpful to me. It means a freeness to plunge in, almost like doing a  finger painting. It’s a free flow, suspending fact, meaning, sanity, then  seeing what pours out uncensored, what can be […]

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June

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Readers need footholds, handholds

Readers will climb with you to the most unlikely places if they trust you, if the words give them the right footholds, handholds. ~Jeanette Winterson

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Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. ~ Hannah Arendt

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Once Upon a Time: aim true with your fantasy opener

“Children understand that ‘once upon a time’ refers not only – not even primarily – to the past, but to the impalpable regions of the present, the deeper places inside us where princes and dragons, wizards and talking birds, impassable roads, impossible tasks, and happy endings have always existed, alive and bursting with psychic power.” […]

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April

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Between the lines: Mood

Just as every dark and stormy night, party, holiday, or bustling office on payday are infused with mood, so are scenes in fiction. Mood infects and reinforces the reader’s emotions, aids in understanding key moments, and enhances his or her enjoyment of the story events. Mood is the feel or atmosphere or ambience of a […]

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Writing is…

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