film / funny / hugs / life / memory / neurotic thinking / novel / publication / writing

Hug me! I’m a blog post!

Have you started laughing and been unable to stop? Most likely this has happened when you weren’t supposed to laugh at all. Years ago, I went with friends to Steve Martin’s film LA Story. In one scene, Martin’s character, Harris, stops to talk to one of those highway signs that light up and give drivers … Continue reading

Brenda Ueland / character / facebook / fear / high school / life / memory / neurotic thinking / popularity / publication / writing

High School, Facebook, and Who the Hell Am I Anyway?

Former high school friends find me on facebook. This happens to everyone who ventures onto fb-land. Maybe this makes you happy. Most of the people who “friend” me, are nice people. They never did me any particular harm back in school. In some ways, catching up on their lives is good. But here is the … Continue reading

character / love / neurotic thinking / passion / sex scenes / short story / writing

To Write or Not Write That Sex Scene

Why not fade to black and leave it all to the imagination? The reader’s imagination is a great thing and shouldn’t be underestimated. The comments on yesterday’s post made me think about several issues when deciding whether or not to write a sex scene. I’m no expert at writing such things, so this is mostly … Continue reading

boys / character / crime / death / fear / gender / life / memoir / men / murder / sexism / student

Women Are Awesome. How about if We Stop Murdering Them?

I don’t remember when I started to care about women. (And I’m not going to say women’s issues because it’s not a self-contained status sort of thing. We’re half the population—-nothing special interest about that.) In grad school I complained about a professor who told the class his favorite bar was called “The Silent Woman” … Continue reading

character / death / film / life / murder / short story / video / writing

Kill Them All!

I’ve just killed someone. Well, a fictional someone. A fictional character that I quite liked. She was young. And sympathetic. I wanted her to live, but that seemed…so unlikely. I’ve killed characters before…this one just bothered me more than usual. Maybe I’ve watched too much of Stranger than Fiction. Am I killing a character because … Continue reading

art / effort / story / writing

This Witch Doesn’t Make Love Potions, She Makes Stories (although maybe that’s the same thing)

To be a successful writer takes many things. The first thing may be a definition of success. For some people, that’s lots of sales. I’ve had my art in two art festivals. Hundreds of people walked through my booth. Some of those people stopped to look. A few of those people talked to me. And … Continue reading