Don't be fooled by the grim-faced picture. It was the only unblinking one. For me, words are worth a thousand pictures. I'm looking forward to saying hi to all of you.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Submit to:Creative Nonfiction, Attn: Immortality, 5501 Walnut St., Suite 202, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Type:Essays (5,000 words MAX)
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URL:Anthology sponsored by Creative Nonfiction

Submit to:Dream of Things. Submission Link
Theme:Various topics based on one of 15 themes. See http://dreamofthings.com/workshop-2 for more details.
Type:Personal essays (500-5,000 words MAX)
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URL:Dream of Things

Submit to:Slipstream, Dept. W-1, Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

For All Memoir Fans

I recommend Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle.(Scribner.) It's been on the bestseller list for three years and you'll see why. This is a story of surviving a childhood that has to be read to believed, and prospering, and loving.

What I'd like you to be aware of it the motif that runs through this book of Jeanette's father's interest in quantum physics and see how that weaves through the book and makes for a socko ending.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Frued's Last Session

There was nothing little about this play by Mark Germaine in the Little Theater at the West Side Y, Manhattan. Imagine Sigmund Freud who believed God was a fantasy having a session with C.W. Lewis who had just had a conversion experience. What a dramatic clash.
What we can learn from the play as writers is:
1. The importance of dramatic contrast, characters pitted against each other by education, class, philosophy....
2. This play was based upon another book, which means that we don't have to unearth all our own ideas. They are out there waiting for us, like fish leaping to our hook. Just follow your interest and you'll find the right books to help you create your own work of art.
3. The inescapable histories of the characters, both personal and what is going on in their environment. Imagine Freud and C.S. Lewis confronting a bomb threat during London's blitz.
How different it is to be in the audience when you're a writer!