Writing Life: Putting It into Words
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Ursula LeGuin has said that the writer’s job is to “put into words what cannot be put into words.”  Writers of fiction—mainstream, horror, magic realism and fantasy as well as science fiction—have cheerfully (or not so cheerfully) accepted this job … Continue reading

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Earworm

It really doesn’t qualify as an earworm unless you find yourself humming along with the track in your sleep. Or, if it comes on the radio in the car, you fail to scream loudly and change the station, but instead sit there, experiencing a not-entirely-unpleasant sinking sensation, saying to yourself as the familiar sounds paralyze your fight-or-flight response, “Well, it really is a good song,” and then bursting loudly into the chorus, hating yourself, yet feeling weirdly complete, like a brainwash victim actually feeling rewarded for being unable to run away.

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BVC Eats: Better corn bread

My husband recently entered a bake-off among the cast and crew of Motown: The Musical at the Oriental Theater in Chicago. Bless his heart, he felt he should enter my corn bread. I told him, Hey, it’s just the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook recipe. Then he made a couple of batches just for rehearsal. Turns out, it’s kind-of not their recipe after all. The differences are mostly in the process, plus, more butter. So here it is.

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Murder at the Opera: An Aria of Omens by Patrice Greenwood

Patrice Greenwood returns readers to the cozy Wisteria Tearoom with a new mystery set against the dramatic backdrop of Santa Fe’s world-famous Opera. Wisteria Tearoom owner Ellen Rosings coaxes Detective Tony Aragón to go with her to the Santa Fe … Continue reading

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