illustrated

bad writer. no biscuit.

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In all the excitement over agents and snakes, it occurs to me I never did let you all out of your misery. That's right: the bed has arrived, frame and mattress and linen1. Lookit! Yes, there are actual, honest to god, flowers on the new linen. Any day now they're going to issue me with […]

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none too bright

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Richard Steinberg at StoryTellersUnplugged has a great article on why writers write: The thirty-seven writers in my address book (along with me) are a pretty diverse bunch. We live in five countries spread across two hemispheres, to say nothing of a bunch of us scattered throughout AmeriCanada. The youngest is nineteen, the oldest ninety-three. Male […]

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i wish you would…

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Is it the ever-growing stack of work I have to do which has produced my funk? Or has the funk created the looming pile of tasks? I am not sure which started first, but I know I don't particularly like it. My energy levels can return from wherever it was they ran and hid anytime […]

clan life

five random things make a post

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a word you never expected your aunt to know: frottage. i had a haircut three whole days ago now. i still hate it. sign of a truly bad haircut. this one's gonna take a few months to undo. is leonard cohen's "hallelujah" the most covered song ever in the history of mankind? i have twenty-seven […]

nulla dies sine linea

on the q-word

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Personally, I find queries to be nasty, brutish creatures. I will cook and clean in preference to writing a query. (Those who know my propensity for all things domestic are noisily choking to death right about now.) Theoretically, I must be capable of writing them. I pitched a story to Postscripts on a query, which […]

nulla dies sine linea

focus. yeah, i've heard of that.

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Having your website wiped out is, once you get over the daunting prospect of reinstalling and redesigning everything, almost liberating. (Why, yes, I am being gaggingly positive, aren't I? Don't worry, it won't last long.) It's not so good for getting words done, however. I was going to be virtuous and worry about the website […]

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the joys of the first draft

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Drafting, drafting, drafting, and I look up to find I have quite literally just written the words "You have no power over me." Ha! Oh, yes, they're staying. They amuse me too much to cut them. I'll cut them in a later draft. It'll be a nice surprise, when I'm revising, to find a laugh […]