Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash A hippogriff is an impossible creature. Head and front of an eagle, half of a horse, it is mythical beast, powerful and magical. If J.K.Rowling is to be believed — which works well for me — a hippogriff is proud. You must approach it with respect, bowing to it, and following its lead. If you… Continue reading My Story, the Hippogriff
Photo by Evan Brockett on Unsplash Roxane Gay is an exceptional writer. Prolific, widely admired and followed, she is a powerful force for expression, for putting into words experiences and perspectives most of us will never share, can barely comprehend. On June 19, 2018, a collection of her short stories, including two never before published, is… Continue reading An Excellent Writer Is Set to Release an Excellent Book Tomorrow
Photo by Wedding Photography on Unsplash She is exceptionally talented. One of her sentences can stop you dead in your tracks, reduce you to admiring puddle. Turns of phrase are quicksilver, perfect and lightly placed. Scenes are vivid. Setting is a swift slash of words, enough to know where and when we are. However. She wrote… Continue reading An Excellent Writer Can Still Write a Terrible Story
Photo by Artem Bali on Unsplash I can’t help But reach out to you, Say hello: Are we friends? We once knew one another? Please let it be true. The first thing you notice about A is her eyes. Dark, large, luminous, her eyes are ones that see so deeply, lovingly, and well, that crinkle in… Continue reading Saying Hello–Do We Know One Another?
Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash First draft done Now comes the fun part Reading it Discerning What the story needs to live, Reveal, deliver. I’m not finished with my first draft yet. That happy milestone will be celebrated later on today. However, even from here in the depths of first draft floundering, I can see… Continue reading The Second First Draft
Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on Unsplash “What are you doing?” She laughed and attempted to untangle my limbs. When it became clear there was no fixing my attempt, she dropped to the floor, demonstrated how to do butterfly. I’d done it before. I just didn’t remember it this morning. Soon enough, I was groaning into the… Continue reading The Stories I Cannot Put Down
Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash I spent the weekend in Paris a few weeks ago. I like dropping that into conversation, as if that is something that I do casually, without a second thought — instead of the genuine, anguished and thrilling experience of being in a beautiful city for a few short days and wanting to… Continue reading Story-Enhanced Reality