This came up because I was reading a book by Stephanie Feldman titled The Angel of Losses. I really liked it, in spite of the fact that it was kind of a mess, structure-wise, meandering and digressing at every turn, and I could feel at times the frustration of the writer trying to contain this … Continue reading Story Makers and Story Chasers – a theory
Dearest Muse, It’s been twenty or so years since we’ve met, fifteen or more since we decided to commit to each other, and what do I bring to you, if not this sorry apology? Again, today, I was grading. Again, today, instead of wooing you with chocolate and champagne, I ran off with Teaching, leaving … Continue reading A Valentine for My Muse
This is a question I ask my students to pose themselves when they take my creative writing class. I want them to be clear about why they do what they want to do right at the start of the semester because so many people have this idea that creative writing is so much fun and … Continue reading Why Do I Write?
I love brain science. Ever since I was a child and I heard that human beings use only 10% of their brain’s capacity (since proven to be a myth) I wanted to have a job where I would get to study the brain all day long. I didn’t become a neuroscientist — in part because … Continue reading The Biology of Writing (Or Not Writing) Creatively
I found this awesome little graph that categorizes readers. I fit in more than one category, apparently, many of them, sadly, under “Prestige.” Nonetheless, reading is reading. I hope you have fun with this. Reposted from Laura E. Kelly Continue reading What Kind Of Reader Are You?
I’m proud to announce that the interview I conducted with writer extraordinaire Lynne Barrett is now on the BookSlut for your literary reading enjoyment. Lynne was my teacher while I attended the graduate creative writing program at FIU. She was also one of my two thesis advisors, the other one being the also talented, also … Continue reading The BookSlut on Lynne Barrett
Day two of the annual pilgrimage for writers-who-work-in-academia begins on the night of Day One, during which I call Joel and ask him to put me on the next flight home. It’s snowing outside and my strategy to bring no jacket on account of my being across the street from the convention center is backfiring … Continue reading The AWPper Day Two