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Thoughts on Publishing

We all know it’s hard to get published. My intermittent efforts show this (I am, as of August, trying to submit poems every month—haven’t submitted any for October yet but preparing), and the process has been very tough on many of my friends who’ve been through it more than I have. I think this is […]

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news writing

The Frame Ends and the World Begins

Hello! I took a bit of time off work to do Evernost rewrite/revision, and while I wasn’t as productive as I’d hoped to be, I at least hit a major milestone. And I came up with an experimental strategy for revising: turning the prose into poetry and back again. In theory, it will help me […]

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Sweet Desire, Theme and Variations

As you may recall from earlier on this blog or elsewhere, C.S. Lewis writes about sweet desire: a hunger that is better than any other fullness, a sensation of miserable longing so beautiful that one feels compelled to recapture it and fails. In lieu of a longer post tonight, I thought I’d share two excerpts […]

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New Zine and Rock Concert

Quickie today, but I made another zine! This one, Of Unreal Identities, is more about the pictures than the words. It’s a selection of self-portraits, loosely defined, interspersed with a few comments on identity, some mine and some others’. It’s also a quarter of an 8.5 x 11 sheet in size rather than a half, […]

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reading writing

MacDonald and Moseman—Reading and Writing

I finished George MacDonald’s The Wise Woman and Other Stories, in which I read only the Other Stories, because I already know The Wise Woman well and don’t have the bug to reread it right now. I found “Little Daylight” rather lovely and expressive but also a bit slight for my taste. “Cross Purposes” was fun but pretty silly […]

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reading writing

Belated Update

I’ve been too distracted by other projects to want to blog lately. Evernost continues to evolve, with excitement and sometimes drama.  For a long time I’ve vaguely wanted to write myself into it as a lying narrator and alter-ego of a major character or two. So I’m trying to write a coherent or semi-coherent account […]

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Summer Snares: Setting Creative Priorities

I have a lot of balls in the air right now. Grad School Bug is almost but not quite dead, but I’ve written this 20-some page paper on Diana Wynne Jones that I want to try to edit and publish. Unfortunately,  I can’t motivate myself to work on it anymore now that it’s preliminarily done. […]

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End-of-Spring Kinda-Haiku

A bit of research on haiku reveals that the strict 5-7-5 syllable pattern we learn in school is frowned upon, or, at the very least, unnecessary, in English (apparently, 5-7-5 sounds too long and wordy in English because Japanese syllables sound shorter than English syllables). In addition, I gather that haiku are supposed avoid figurative […]

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Musings reading writing

Faltering, Aliens, The Poem Is You, Evernost

The grad school bug is waning. This because I remembered viscerally rather than intellectually that Evernost needs all the time I can give it and then some (it is a long, potentially extremely long, poem with bits of prose that are almost prose poetry, and I want to illustrate it copiously, so….), and I want […]

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Elizabeth Ammons and Diana Wynne Jones

Today I bring tidings of two minor projects I’m working on as a result of the Grad School Bug: reading Elizabeth Ammons’ Brave New Words, a call for optimistic, inclusive, and activist teaching in the humanities, and writing an essay exploring the concepts of truth Diana Wynne Jones develops in four pivotal poems in her […]