Category Archives: Writers on Writing

My Muse is Heading For Palm Springs The Winter

We all have those days when you stare at the computer screen for hours and anything you try to type looks like Old High Marsian. My muse is on walkabout. Mental exhaustion I tell myself when this happens. Too many … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 8: Farewell to Crete

This series started on Oct. 15 and will continue every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 6: There’s a Blurb on the Cover
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Verse 6: There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. There’s one story on the cover; inside the book’s another. There’s a blurb on the backside of the book. Blurbage … Continue reading

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My Very Dear Reader . . . writer vs. critic

It is scarcely the province of an author to refute the arguments of his censors and vindicate his own productions, but I may be allowed to make here a few observations with which I would have prefaced the first edition … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 7: Labyrinths of Crete

This series started on Oct. 15 and will continue every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The Ariadne … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Cliffhanger Chapters

I try to end each of my chapters with a cliffhanger.  It’s part of a pattern in my work day.  I write a chapter until I hit page 15.  At that point, I’m watching for a cliffhanger event.  It might … Continue reading

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The skittering lilt: Beginning to self-edit

  I was invited recently to speak along with some other writers to a beginning creative writing class taught by an old workshop friend. This class was filled with writers who’d completed their first project this last November during NaNoWriMo, … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover Verse 4: Rocket Power

This is the fourth verse of the song “There’s a Bimbo on the Cover of the Book”. If you’re collecting the lyric and singing along, it’s sung to the tune of (TTTO) “She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain When She … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: Midnight at Spanish Gardens

Follow me. Let me take you somewhere. Let me take you to a place which once was real and is now no more, a place that existed as the worst-kept secret of the University where I was young, handed down … Continue reading

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Anxiety, Curiosity, and Creativity

Recently I wrote about “Election Anxiety Disorder,” characterized by – among other things – obsessively checking news sources, social media, polling results, election prediction sites, and the like. Our simian brains seem to be hardwired to zoom in on changes, … Continue reading

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