On 10 September 2015, I created a folder on my computer titled COLORbook. My intention was to complete a series of chapters about color, an entire book of nonfiction about my personal and cultural understanding of color. The idea had been stirring in my head for a long time. My earliest essay about color I [...]
just for fun. "On the Decay of the Art of Lying" is a short speech (or essay) written by Mark Twain in 1880 for a meeting of the Historical and Antiquarian Club of Hartford, Connecticut. Observe, I do not mean to suggest that the custom of lying has suffered any decay or interruption--no, for the Lie, as [...]
I have a story under consideration just now at two literary journals. One of them has had it for well over a year. The other began considering it today. It is an important story to me for a variety of reasons and has received a good deal of praise from editors who "nearly" chose to [...]
Literary Hub has an article up: "The 50 Best One-Star Reviews of Lolita." The first time I tried to read Lolita, I did not get past in the first pages. I went to Amazon and read all 147 reviews, which gives you an idea of how long ago that was. I found they fell into [...]
The second blue quilt was meant to be simple. I set specific, easy guidelines in order to piece it quickly and with a minimum of fuss. It's that staring process, the decision-making at every cut and sewn seam. This color or that one, this way or that, rearrange and rethink the border? It was meant [...]
"Beyond Just Reporting: The Creative in Creative Nonfiction" I hope it's not inappropriate to link to my new post at Brevity's blog.
NINE YEARS AGO ON MY OLD BLOG I POSTED: 8/8/2010: I woke this morning and realized that I didn't have to run today [I was mostly running every other day until 2012], the weather is perfect, and I've spent my entire summer reading to prepare for the new school year and making jam. The jam [...]