Can we transact between creative and financial accounts?
On June 6, 2014, I heard something uncommon: a novelist interviewed on a Wall Street report radio program. The novelist was Mona Simpson. Forgetting the supernatural suavity of host Kai Ryssdal’s voice, let us look at these wise words from his “Marketplace”…
A lot of questions have been coming up lately. Such as:
What lines from Alan Alda, as “Hawkeye” Pierce on TV’s <em>M.A.S.H., </em>uttered to Loretta Sit as “Hot Lips” Houlihan, best resemble the nuanced flirtations and icy rebuttals that are often bandied between Russia and the United States?
I’m writing a story about my evening. In it, I take a walk up the road past Jablonski’s place to see if he should happen to be mudding that godforsaken concrete wall he’s been failing at for the last three winters.
I have a strong sense of how things will…
Hey, Karl. Come on in. Good to see you. Hey, you remember Denise, whose ham salad went viral last year.
You remember Joan, the dental assistant with the really successful autism blog.
You remember Augustine, the former bank president who wears a crooked brown mustache.
You remember Harold, the graphic…
Part 1, Bullshit Self-Esteem
October of 2019
Where else could I have been when I spotted Ken? At the bookstore, of course.
The memorial was underway. Bookstores are where recently passed poets are remembered these days. …
Hail to you, gray-haired gentleman / on that summer porch. Let us put down / our fishing magazines and nod / sternly to your valor
You have met her eyes, there on the wicker davenport / with a curtain of lush hemlock and hard / ash behind you; Trickling /…
Part of the Spring 2021 collection
The Pandemic Pant returns to the spring lineup. Back by loathed demand, and sponsored by Doritos, this classic is literally timeless. As in, all recollections of sanity and personal grooming will be sucked into the void of something called a “distant past.”
I want to introduce you to something I call “The Editorial Department Schema.” It’s a way to think about your fiction writing, or other creative writing work.
What’s a schema? Let’s have a look.