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the writer-publisher on the flying trapeze

I’m reading a biography right now: Pursued by Furies: A Life of Malcolm Lowry by Gordon Bowker. I’m learning a lot about this troubled, alcoholic genius, who spent the best years of his life, by his own reckoning, living in … Continue reading

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the thrice-born story

When my father arrived, at age 14, with his mother in Halifax in 1948 as a refugee from Germany, it had been 4 years since he had last seen his father, Alexander. Alexander had waved goodbye to them from the … Continue reading

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“I Have No Mouth . . .”

I was a breech birth. Since then, I’ve done everything in life bass ackwards. A recent and relevant example of this is my education as a writer. Instead of first learning the craft of writing, and then studying up on … Continue reading

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slow learners

I’m back. Why the long absence since my last post? It’s not easy to explain. I suppose I could say that I’ve been going through a period of slow-burning crisis. What sort of crisis, you ask? It’s a crisis with … Continue reading

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The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, & Sue Viders: “people power” for writers

The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden My rating: 4 of 5 stars This apparently self-published handbook of character archetypes adds a powerful tool to the writer’s kit. As I recall, this … Continue reading

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birth of the (serious) writer

I’ve finally got my mailing-list signup form up and running (see sidebar to the left), and as an immediate bonus for signing up, my new subscriber (such as, for instance, your own good self) receives an e-book version of my … Continue reading

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on the multiplication of labor

Golly, it’s been almost 2 months since my last post. What can I possibly offer as an excuse? The standard one would be “I didn’t have time”—but I don’t believe in that excuse. For we all have the same amount … Continue reading

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sketching the Holy Land of 2,000 years ago

I keep developing my working methods as I go. The idea is to be creative and pragmatic: I want to find methods that work and use them. One of my tools is a folder in Word called Sketchbook. This contains … Continue reading

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The Trivium by Sister Miriam Joseph

The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric by Miriam Joseph My rating: 5 of 5 stars This dense, authoritative textbook takes all of Aristotle’s teachings on logic, grammar, and rhetoric, and some of his teachings of poetics, … Continue reading

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why do we do it?

According to the philosopher Mortimer J. Adler, there are two reasons to read a book: amusement learning According to the economist Ludwig von Mises, there are two kinds of writer: creative artists businessmen Are these dichotomies telling me anything? For … Continue reading

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