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The Self That Hungers for Eternity: Breakthrough Tip for the week of 4/3/2017

Have you met? You and your self that hungers for eternity? If you know this demanding creature, you know what poet Mary Oliver knows. Emilie Vardaman, my student at the the Sierra Vista Writing Celebration, sent me this remarkable writing by Oliver . I recognized myself and my life instantly in the first paragraph. Do you? […]

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The Bi-polar World of the Somewhat Successful Writer: Breakthrough for the week of 3/20/2017

The Talker was reviewed in the New York Times a few days ago. Perhaps more accurately it was mini-reviewed by a women who clearly had not read the whole book. Here is the review, followed by my letter to her. It is definitely not professional to send a pissy letter to a slip-shod reviewer, but, then again, I’ve […]

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“A little didn’t do it, so a little got more and more…” Breakthrough for the week of 2/27/2017

I’ve spent the last twelve months enmeshed in Facebook gambling addiction; being with one of my best friends while her partner died; surviving skin cancer; going clean from gambling; living in withdrawal (the pain no less then the pain of using, but infused with feeling more and more alive and with the knowledge that I may not have […]

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2017 Spring readings and writing conferences

Feb. 16-18:  Desert Nights, Rising Stars writing conference for Virginia Piper House, ASU in Tempe.  I teach two writing workshops – Friday, February 17, She Said What? Creating Vivid Characters  and Saturday, February 18, Raise the Dead: Animating Your Prose.  Both 29 and The Talker will be sold.   March 2 Reading and discussion of […]

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Raising the Dead: Breakthrough Tip for the week of 2/202017

I taught two writing workshops last weekend at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars writing conference. I planned on working with bringing writing alive in the second workshop: Raising the Dead. My students wanted something different. They didn’t tell me directly. As they read from the first free-writing exercise we did, I heard their longing for time […]

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