Category Archives: Writing

Polishing Edits

Dear Vi, It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned the manuscript. Were you wondering what’s up with it? Well, at the end of February I sent it out to a few friends who volunteered to be beta readers. These are people … Continue reading

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Fire!

Dear Vi, It’s foggy this morning. Outside my window, wisps of fog stream past like smoke from a chimney. Wait… maybe it really is smoke.  I get up to check. Nope, it’s fog. Relieved, I take another sip of coffee. … Continue reading

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Blog Posts: Letters to Vi

Dear Vi, Blogging has always felt a little bit awkward to me. From the beginning, I’ve wanted to address each post as though it were a letter. But it always felt awkward. A letter to whom? And yet it feels … Continue reading

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Knitting a Novel: on and off the needles

Did I tell you that I finished my novel again? This isn’t the first time I’ve finished it, of course. The first finished draft was the equivalent of a scarf knitted up in open lace-work. Silky threads to hold everything … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, I knit

Sometimes writing a novel feels an awful lot like waiting. And what does any sane person do while waiting? I’m trying to figure out the last chapter of this novel I’m working on. I mean, I know how it ends, … Continue reading

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“At that time of night, the only traffic consisted of trucks filled with bodies and detainees, and police cars that roamed the streets like lost wolves howling in the darkness of the curfew.”

That sentence was written by Isabel Allende, and can be found at the bottom of page 442 in her 1985 novel, The House of the Spirits. I honestly think this may be one of the most perfect sentences ever written. … Continue reading

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