Category Archives: Blogs

Talking about myself–a newbie

Talking about myself — a newbie by Diana Pharaoh Francis This is my first post on BVC and I’ve been all over the place with what to post. I do know I want to say this: I’m so pleased to … Continue reading

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Good Writers are Consummate Liars

Lately, I’ve been thinking and reading a lot in preparation for leading the upcoming spring semester Fiction Workshop at Swarthmore College. I almost always spend the months leading up to it reading a new crop of short stories across the … Continue reading

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Ursula and Ruby the Vulture

Ruby and Me by Ursula K. Le Guin These pictures are of Ruby and me at the thirty-fifth Wild Arts Festival, an annual craft fair and book sale for the Portland Audubon Society. I attend to sign books for the … Continue reading


Writing Táin by Gregory Frost

Tain by Gregory Frost

When readers have asked me about the gestation of what became Táin and Remscela, I usually say it was a project that took about eight years from start to finish—beginning the summer I bicycled across Ireland to the year when … Continue reading

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To Vet or Not to Vet? Or, Meltdown Imminent (Human, Not Horse)

This has been a week from hell, which means it’s time for a Horseblog Classic. We are celebrating the anniversary of this blog’s adventure with another vet adventure, a couple of severe colics. One horse got over it quickly and … Continue reading

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Cool Links For August

The Orion Nebula, viewed by the Hubble

Meet the Wendiceratops, named for discoverer Wendy Sloboda: Unlike any other dinosaur, this creature’s skull is ringed with bone protrusions that curl inward toward the animal’s nose like gnarly crochet hooks. “They remind me a little bit of a weird sea anemone … Continue reading

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The Salon: Blogging for the Posh

I was rereading Benedetta Craveri‘s  biography,  Madame du Deffand and her World, and when I hit the chapter about her St. Joseph’s convent salon, the parallels between the eighteenth century French salons and the evolving blogosphere gave me this mental … Continue reading

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How to Succeed as a Writer in 2015

As the year begins, I — like many, many writers — contemplate what I can do to further my career. This applies whether we are traditionally published or self-published, or hybrids, partaking of both worlds. Publishers aren’t doing much in … Continue reading

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Book View Café Authors On Blogging

Come listen in as we discuss blogging and its role in an author’s career and life. Patricia Burroughs (Pooks): We’ve discussed blogging and how to make it work. I think the biggest problem with any advice on ‘how to build … Continue reading

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The Insufficiency of Blame

We take a lot of photos of my dogs when I’m competing. Partly for the same reason one takes photos of anything–keepsakes, bragging rights, and (these days) Facebook shares. But in large part, it’s a great way to figure out … Continue reading

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