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Literary Resolutions

To move is to realize how quietly my wife and I accumulate things. A bedframe, a new book, a movie, clothes, chairs, mugs. Things pile up, and we thin them out, getting rid of what we think we no longer need. The rare person gets so disgusted with the objects she's attached herself to that she sells… Continue reading Literary Resolutions

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Same Words

Depth of experience fashions a groove in your brain that plays again through analogy. A 'like' experience serves as a reminder that literally brings the experience to mind. Our minds, being imperfect analogue devices, recreate the experience as best as possible with the result being more like the ghost at the other end of Edison's machine, a simulacrum… Continue reading Same Words

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Roused to Action

It used to be that words had power. They still do, but try to recall the last time you were roused to action by speech. Not a command to do something or because of some compelling duty, but by a passionate argumentative plea. A coach or teacher might come to mind, or perhaps a politician.… Continue reading Roused to Action

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Gratitude For An Audience

Well, the story's over. When I draft short stories, I usually let them run, drafting them in a matter of days once the initial idea finally takes hold (i.e. when I finally move beyond the page or so of notes and sketches that I usually begin with). Writing "Peel Away" as a series of posts, however, allowed the… Continue reading Gratitude For An Audience

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Frequent Journeys

Yesterday I went to see The Flaming Lips perform a free show at the Waterfront Park in Portland, OR. I've been to enough summer concerts to know to bring water, a towel, and sunscreen, but I also brought along a book. I knew there would be some downtime, and I figured I might be able to… Continue reading Frequent Journeys

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Time to Read

I'm sure most creative folks procrastinate and worry about getting back to a piece of work, but this seems to be particularly true when it comes to writers. Today I'm procrastinating. My "real" work is an almost-finished story that I can't quite get back into, at least not yet. In the meantime I'll read, cook, run… Continue reading Time to Read