Friday’s Itty Bitties — #16

Mae West knew a thing or two about characters and characterization. She said, “It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.” I believe she was talking about attitude. To reveal the essence of a character,(…)


Today’s Review: The Breakout Novel Intensive Week

Hood River, Oregon is a cool little town on the banks of the Columbia River, just an hour east of Portland. It’s home to wind surfers, skiers, snowboarders, and mountain bikers. It was also the home, for a week at the end of March, to 32 fiction writers who joined Donald Maass and Lorin Oberweger(…)


In which I contemplate being penniless

I’m about to become penniless. I’ll not be without means, mind you. My jeans will simply be without copper coins. Last month the Canadian government did away with the penny. Come the fall, the Mint will stop producing pennies; and those in circulation will eventually make their way to the melting pot. Then, the smallest(…)


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