Category Archives: WRITING

WRITING: At Its Heart

Writers, artists, take in what others miss. The subtleties, the hints, the constancy of human nature, both the softness of the soul and the obvious and objectionable to the conscience. Then digest and regurgitate it into words, strokes of the … Continue reading

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WRITING: On Language and Change

It is understood that language changes with time. The easiest way to see this is when invention and technology produce something for which language has no words. Harder to make the transition in both understanding and common usage is connotation. … Continue reading

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WRITING: The 2011 100 Days Project

Well, another year down and another 100 stories written–though they’re only a portion of the 365 I’m committed to write this year. The summer 100 Days Projects started in 2008 with Carianne Mack painting daily and a poem inspired by … Continue reading

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WRITING: Midway Through The Year

While I’m taking part in another summer’s 100 Days Project, I’ve really been writing a story a day since January 1st and have passed the halfway mark a few days ago. Everything that started here was transferred to the Talespinning … Continue reading

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WRITING: What’s cool

With the amount of short story reading and writing I’ve done over the past couple years, I think I’ve detected some patterns in the new trends of what’s relative in contemporary writing. There are audiences of all types, we all … Continue reading

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WRITING: Day 150 of 365

Today marks the one hundred fiftieth story I’ve written as part of my commitment to write daily since January 1st of this year. It also coincides with Day 10 of the 100 Day Project for this summer of 2011. I’ll … Continue reading

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WRITING: Curioser and Curioser

This morning I finally finished up the story to submit for non-fiction. It was one I had written as part of my last year’s participation in a fiction project. In the final editing for this submission, I tweaked language, fleshed … Continue reading

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WRITING: A Question of Honesty

About a month ago I was asked to submit a non-fiction piece by a great editor who kindly had published my work in the first issue of his magazine last year. I don’t write a lot of non-fiction. On the … Continue reading

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WRITING: A Question of Time

When artist Carianne Garside made the commitment to a piece of art every day for a year through 2011, I decided to match it with a piece of writing, fiction, essay, or poem. I’m always worried about quality when pushing … Continue reading

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WRITING & LITERATURE: thirtynine

The third quarterly issue of the fabulous 52/250 project has just been released and it’s another winner. thirtynine is a selection of the best stories and poetry produced during thirteen weeks of work by an average weekly  group of between … Continue reading

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WRITING: A Big Wow.

Was so humbled and yet prouder than ever this morning when I noticed on Facebook that the long list notables was published for the 2010 storySouth Million Writers award and I was plopped in there among some of the most … Continue reading

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WRITING: Collaborations

Wanted to make a note here about a current publication of work at The Blue Print Review that I’m particularly excited about. While working on a one-a-day throughout 2011, with Carianne Mack Garside producing a piece of art and my … Continue reading

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WRITING & REALITY: The Joy of Acceptance/The Agony of Disinterest

Sometimes, in a calm lull of the writing process, you think you really don’t care about getting published since once your first story/poem/essay has been accepted, you’ve begun to call yourself a “writer.” You think the shine is off and … Continue reading

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WRITING: On A Suc­cess­ful Writ­ing Year or, There Is Life After Rejection

(This post originally appeared in January, 2011 at Nothing to Flawnt in my gastarbeiter appearance on that weblog, with thanks to Marcus Speh.) Yes, thank you, yes, yes! The writer’s dream come true. Gra­ciously accept­ing con­grat­u­la­tory com­ments from his peers on … Continue reading

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WRITING: Social Networking Gaffes

Nothing irks me more than . . . people who spout off about what irks them in the incorrect  grammar of others. It really bothers me when people use “I” instead of “me.” It drives me to distraction when people … Continue reading

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