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So much sifting…

I’m sifting through ideas and have little to say. I’m also trying to finish several short stories. When the stories are done, I’ll have to decide what to include in my MFA application… If some of you have the time and inclination, I’d love to have a reader. Let me know if you wouldn’t mind … Continue reading

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Snap Your Fingers

Today a student was asked what he would change about himself if he could anything with a snap of his fingers. He said he wouldn’t change anything. Some people might say this if they have accepted themselves flaws and all. Some people might say this if they believe themselves right. They can’t conceive that anything … Continue reading

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The Reader

Do you focus on the negative? On Friday morning went down to IF+D where my art is for sale. Kristen, the owner and fellow crazy coffee drinker, reminds me of the woman who had spent the last month reading my novel over her lunch hour. Once or twice a week, this woman was coming into … Continue reading

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Let’s Pretend

I had these Let’s Pretend records when I was little. I’ve kept them because for the art. With tracing paper I’d try to copy pieces of the covers. My father read me fairy tales even though he’d only recently learned to read. I recorded The Wizard of Oz from TV onto tape player and play … Continue reading

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Will you still love me?

I still have stories to tell. I can’t decide whether I want to tell them. You might not like me anymore. Perhaps I fail at writing well-rounded complex characters–but I do try. Do you listen to your characters? Can you be sympathetic to fictional characters if you can’t manage it for real people? There seems … Continue reading