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Honoring a Writer

If you hold a poet in highest esteem, you may attend an open mic and read or recite the poet's work. If it is music that moves you, and you have some talent, you can "cover" the pieces you value. If you have no talent  speak of, you might still become, for a few minutes, a Karaoke King for some unsuspecting captive audience in a public gathering place. How many versions of "Desperado" does the world need. But how does one honor a writer in a personal way? On July 21st at Wake Forest's Neck of the Woods Theater, I am going to try something. The writer is Ambrose Bierce, Civil War Union Soldier ... read more

July 3rd, 2017|Events, Writers, Writing|

The Family in The Mirror wins 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award

May I share some good news? My last novel, The Family in the Mirror, was selected as one of five finalists in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Contest, general fiction category. And to my delight, my friend and fellow writer, Bill Finger, won a finalist award in the memoir category. He wrote The Crane Dance: Taking Flight in Midlife while we were members in the same writing group, and contributed greatly to my effort. As the NC Writers Network so aptly puts it "no one writes alone." ... read more

June 7th, 2017|Books, Writers|

Two Books To Calm Your Mind About Today’s Politics

I am watching way too much television and reading far more than I should about politics. I do not need to know what forty-four liberal thinkers think about what Donald Trump's tweets are doing to the capacity of the United States to promulgate NATO power in the Baltic states. Nor do I need to hear forty-five conservative voices respond to questions about the effects of repeal of the Affordable Care Act by prefacing their answers with the phrase that goes some version of "first, let's be clear, Obamacare is a disaster." What I need is an intervention. I need forty-six of my closest friends to k ... read more

March 8th, 2017|Writers, Writing|

Political Fiction: From “Looking Backward” to “Atlas Shrugged”

In my last post I drifted from my usual focus on literature and writing to a journalistic concern having to do with "right wing" versus "left wing" concepts in the local newspaper. Discovering that these two "opposites" of the political spectrum did not actually have universally held definitions, I went on an internet search to educate myself and was rewarded with a website that led me back to books. I found a site that discussed the "ultimate" right wing and left wing novels. Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged was acclaimed as the ideal representation of the right, but many contributors to the site st ... read more

December 8th, 2016|Writers, Writing|

Journalistic Practices at The Wake Weekly

Most of my posts are about the creative process. However, I educate and involve myself with many features of the writing life. This blog is about concerns I have about journalistic practices of the local newspaper, The Wake Weekly. I moved to Wake Forest in 1980 and have read and valued the local newspaper. Over the last few years I have seen a change in its character, evolving from a balanced news entity to one that strongly endorses one political ideology over another. Most of this change is represented in "news" stories that carry the attribution State News Today. I submitted a brief letter ... read more

November 7th, 2016|Writing|

Joining a Writing Group: Finding the Right Fit

Membership in a group that gives thoughtful critique on one's writing can have many rewards, but it is important to find a good fit. Such groups come in various sizes, levels of experience, and approaches to writing. When the mix of talent and personal qualities is right, the group can be educational and emotionally supportive. Over the last twelve years I have been in two different groups and have seen examples of how things work well and how things can go wrong. Misunderstood expectations, fragile or gigantic egos, and too great a disparity between talent or experience among members seem to ... read more

September 28th, 2016|Writers, Writing|

Reveal of the Big Dig…Stories Found

On August 20th, my wife Lauren and I entertained a small group of writers, artists, and friends in order to dig up the mysterious structure in my back yard. The 3 x 3 foot square of cinder blocks and concrete had no clear reason for being there. It had puzzled me for 36 years. Coincidentally, the group included one building contractor, one farmer and one real estate agent. As the reader of my previous blogs and Facebook will know, I took this mystery as a reason to offer a story writing contest about what lay beneath. Bodies? Gold or silver? Perhaps the entombment of some force that if unleash ... read more

August 22nd, 2016|Writers, Writing|

Word Play: Several Words that Confuse Me

As I've said before, I'm a restored English Major, but there are a few words that confuse me. To be honest, I can't consistently remember what certain words mean, even though I've used them, and looked some of them up more than once. The first word is inchoate. I think I know why I have trouble with this one. I grew up in a small place surrounded by practical people who never used big words when small ones would work. Eschewing obfuscation came naturally to them. I doubt I ever heard inchoate until college classes, probably something about the modern novel, or psychological entropy, whatever. ... read more

June 20th, 2016|Writing|

How to Find New Ideas: Writing Mini-Contest

I am sometimes asked how does a writer find new ideas for fiction. My favorite answer follows from a key belief I hold, that all fiction is in some way autobiographical. So look around you, at people or things, or think about your own life, and ask "what if"? What if your life had taken a different turn? What if that old thing you found in the attic was actually a long lost treasure of some kind, and how did it get there? So let's try something. I live in a one hundred and thirty-three year old house. For the thirty-six years I have lived there I have noticed something in my back yard that has ... read more

May 18th, 2016|Events, Publishing, Writing|

Does It Actually Matter Who Is U.S. President?

It may sound silly to ask if it actually matters who is the next U.S. president, the person who will wield enormous power and influence for good or harm. Yet I had an experience last week that left me thinking that I am spending too much time worrying about which one of the flawed people contending for the job will win. Stay with me here, this will get back around to writing. I attended a meeting sponsored by an organization called the Senior Information & Networking Group. This gathering of more than 50 people included many local organizations that provide part or all of their services to ... read more

May 5th, 2016|Storytelling, Writers, Writing|