May 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm (Artists and Writers, Eavesdropping, Links, Recommended, Women Writers, Writing)
Tags: advice, art, artists residency, Banff, Canada, inspirations, Literary Magazines, Saturdays, short story, writing process
Wendy Allen, “Maple, 1989″: Collage, Mixed Media, Lloyd Hall, The Banff Centre
A few thoughts self scribbled down after yesterday’s symposium/discussion between mentors and participants here in the Banff Writing Studio:
- The end of a novel is not the end of a STORY.
- The writer is not responsible for hope.
- Sample story: Someone comes. They make someone miserable. And then they leave. (Or maybe they don’t leave. Thereby extending the misery? Wouldn’t it be so Deus ex machina for the cause of misery to just pick up and go?)
Self this afternoon finished reading the first story in the Bluestem Spring 2015 issue: Meagan Cass’s “ActivAmerica.” Oh, it is a good one. Here are a few of the gorgeous sentences:
Out on the track, the cold settled over our bodies like wet cement.
* * *
“No weather exceptions for non-management,” the monitor told us, his face shining with Vaseline, heavy lines around his mouth, dark shadows under his eyes . . . “You’d have to check the binder . . . I think there’s a liability clause.” I didn’t want to know his story, what they were paying him and who was sick in his family and why he needed the money. I only wanted to kick him in the shins.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.
April 1, 2015 at 2:21 pm (Artists and Writers, Eavesdropping, Recommended, Women Writers)
Reading Susan Kushner Resnick’s “The Heartbreak of Publicity: A Cautionary Tale”, in the November/December 2013 Poets & Writers (Clearly, self is way behind in reading magazines she’s been subscribing to for years and years). Read the rest of this entry »
January 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm (Lists, Recommended, Writing)
Tags: advice, humor, lists, Saturdays, science fiction, websites
NO to the following:
- stories in which a milquetoast civilian government is depicted as the sole obstacle to either catching some depraved criminal or to an uncomplicated military victory
- stories in which the words “thou” or “thine” appear
- talking cats
- talking swords
- stories where the climax is dependent on the spilling of intestines
- stories where FTL travel is as easy as it is on television shows or movies
- time travel
- stories that depend on some vestigial belief in Judeo-Christian mythology in order to be frightening (i.e., Cain and Abel are vampires; the End Times are ‘a-comin'; Communion wine turns to Christ’s blood, literally; and it’s HIV positive; Satan’s gonna getcha, etc.)
- stories about rapists-murderers-cannibals
- stories about young kids playing in some field and discovering ANYTHING: a body, an alien craft, Excalibur, ANYTHING.
January 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm (Books, Recommended, Women Writers)
Tags: advice, Fridays, novel, tragic characters
The sense of security more frequently springs from habit than from conviction, and for this reason it often subsists after such a change in the conditions as might have been expected to cause alarm.
December 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm (Books, Lists, Memoirs, Recommended)
Tags: advice, biographies, memoir, procrastination, reading lists, Women's Review of Books
Self just finished reading the Women’s Review of Books *(Vol. 30, No. 5: Sept/Oct 2013). Sigh. She is just so way behind in her catch-up reading of magazines and journals. Thank goodness she’s having a very quiet Christmas.
Here are two books she discovered from WRB:
- My Beloved World, a memoir by Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice (Knopf, $27.95)
- Trauma and Recovery, by Judith Herman
More books will probably be added to the list as self continues her inroads into the Humongous Pile of Stuff
November 11, 2014 at 5:04 pm (Books, Eavesdropping, Personal Bookshelf)
Tags: advice, bestsellers, lists, Robert Greene
Self doesn’t have her copy of Robert Green’s The 48 Laws of Power with her. Shucks! She’d love to get some guidance from it today.
Luckily, there are reader reviews on Amazon that are peppered with quotes.
Quotes such as:
- “The only means to get one’s end with people are force and cunning. Love, also, they say, but that is to wait for sunshine, and life needs every moment.”
- “So much depends on your reputation — guard it with your life.”
- “Always say less than necessary.”
- “Win through your actions, never through argument.”
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.