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Get the Moon Right

With the ocean’s roar in front of us and the chirping of cicadas behind us, my daughter and I sat in our beach chairs watching the strollers, shell collectors, and frolicking children. We noted an increased number of dogs on … Continue reading

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Learning from Pearl Buck

After listening to Garrison Keillor talk about Pearl Buck on The Writer’s Almanac, I knew I had to reread The Good Earth. About a fourth of the way through the book, my admiration for the author’s storytelling gifts grew, especially when I … Continue reading

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Keep That Dialogue Real

Do this. Don’t do that. When I first joined a local writing group, I heard those phrases more than I like to think about. Let’s be honest; I still hear those five little words at just about every critique meeting. … Continue reading

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Moose Burgers and Gym Bags

Being part of a writing group has helped me in ways too numerous to recount. At the same time, my membership has also made me a little more hesitant to write or to trust myself as a writer. For example, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Show, Don’t Tell

Becoming  part of a writing group was a smart choice. Since I joined the group about three (?) years ago, I’ve learned about going easy on to be verbs and passive voice. I now make a conscious effort to add … Continue reading

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Spiritual Direction and Science Fiction

  I’ve been reading like Martha Alston. She’s a sister bibliophile whom I met a dozen years ago when we were both working at Central Carolina. I had just started teaching there and was getting to know everyone. A friend … Continue reading

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Kilpatrick’s Advice

It was cold at the old Family Dollar Tree building on Friday afternoon, so cold that my hands shook as I thumbed through some of the books at the Friends of the Library Sale. Did the cold temperature deter me? … Continue reading

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Ahab Lives On

I just started reading Brat Farrar last night, and I know I’m going to enjoy it. I ordered it for my Kindle based on several recommendations, the latest by Anna Quindlen in How Reading Changed my Life. Here’s the opening … Continue reading

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Answering Rosa’s Question

Our conversation went something like this. I say “something like this” because I’m not so  hot at dialogue, and my memory is imperfect. So is everyone’s, but that’s a story for another day. “How do you go about writing a … Continue reading

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Protecting Time and Space

From a link in a blog that I read yesterday, I was introduced to novelist and essayist Zadie Smith. Born and educated in England, she’s now a tenured professor of fiction at New York University. I know all of this from … Continue reading

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