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Author Interview: Jesse James Freeman

After hours spent trading pictures of canoes on twitter and facebook, I finally got to meet—in person– Jesse James Freeman at a golf club in Snoqualmie Washington. First I was struck by his incredible size. Next I was struck by … Continue reading

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On the value of the badly written sex scene

First came the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, several of the yearly nominees are funny and make my point that some authors in literary fiction—a category of books which purports to offer honest commentary about what it means to be human—give less … Continue reading

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Why Marco Vassi is so Important

Marco Vassi is the most innovative writer, thinker, storyteller and human I have come across in my reading life. My review of The Stoned Apocalypse sums up my thoughts on this pretty well. Reading this book was the first time I felt my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Blood by Jack Remick

I’ve been trying to get this review up since I finished Blood several months ago. The book covered so much and has so many layered parts to it, I will never do justice to the experience. I would love to … Continue reading

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Exercise: Whore

The exercise below is modified slightly from one you will find in Priscilla Long’s The Writer’s Portable Mentor. What I was going for here was using the word “whore,” which I picked out of my own list as the most … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes: Sex and Death in the American Novel–Final Scene

Katie posted the third version of this scene on her blog yesterday. Before I show you the final version (pre-copyedit) I thought first I would open with my thoughts and reactions to her comments, which came BEFORE I reworked the … Continue reading

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What I Learned By Being Edited (with visual aids)

Now that the editors have finished proofing Sex and Death in the American Novel, I am able to reflect. One thing I know for sure, authors need editors. I know in my deepest heart that I need them, so I listen when they question me or … Continue reading

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I Write Because

What follows is an exercise straight from Priscilla Long’s Art of the Sentence class that I am taking at the Taos Summer Writer’s Conference. This has not been edited or fiddled with at all. The only thing I have done … Continue reading

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Another Way to Explore the Senses

This post gets graphic. You have been warned. As a writer, there are a lot of activities that are necessary to explore what it’s like to exist inside a soft and squishy human body, to access the vivid sensations that … Continue reading

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