Yearly Archives: 2015

Nate Waggoner’s Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators

Check out my friend’s book. Dilettantes and Heartless Manipulators by Nate Waggoner, now available through Snow Goose Press on Amazon as a paperback and as an ebook.   Jimmy aspires to rap stardom, or at least to make something. Josie … Continue reading

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Writing, fast and slow

“If a short story doesn’t pour smooth from the start, then it never will.”—John Updike Creativity moves at different speeds. Writing fast: Sometimes a story will spring forth, fully formed like Athena from the head of Zeus and you’ll feel … Continue reading

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IT by Stephen King: (how to write social commentary and still be entertaining)

“The task of a writer is not to solve a problem but to state the problem correctly.” — Anton Chekhov   It is a novel about an evil phantom clown who haunts a small Maine town called Derry. This evil clown, who … Continue reading

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When writing moves you

Yesterday I attended a Hazel Reading in San Francisco. The Hazel Reading Series features eclectic and experimental work by female writers. Each month, the current readers nominate the readers for the following month, so the voices are an ever-evolving, ever-expanding dialogue on a … Continue reading

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Cujo by Stephen King (building realistic, intelligent characters)

In his memoirs, Stephen King says that he was so drunk when he wrote Cujo that he doesn’t even remember writing it—which is a shame because he says he likes Cujo. I have to say, this is absolutely astonishing that he was … Continue reading

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