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Sunday Sentence


In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

What Abe soon found was that, best intentions notwithstanding, no one can control how the media communicates a story and what the public eventually understands.

Source: Alexandra Zapruder, Twenty-six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film (advance uncorrected proof; I’m trusting that that sentence will remain unchanged).

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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

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Several days ago, a rejection came in for one of my poems, one that I didn’t happen to have out (currently) elsewhere. This is a poem that I thought might also match well with a venue that doesn’t seem to take simultaneous submissions. So when I considered “next steps” for the poem, I went to revisit the “new” venue’s guidelines.

Which is where I saw that said venue also prefers poems no longer than 18 lines.

I’d already figured that it might be time to apply additional revision to this poem. And the fact that the poem exceeded the 18-line limit helped jump-start the process in this case.

Next time I need to revise a poem and can’t quite begin to envision how to go about it, I may use a similar approach—even if the guidelines don’t compel me to do so.

Oh—I did, then, submit the poem anew. Stay tuned for the outcome! Continue reading ›

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Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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Sunday Sentence

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In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

“Were you struck by how very far from awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders are?”

Source: a quotation from a Pete Wells review, cited in Ian Parker’s “Pete Wells Has His Knives Out” profile of Wells for The New Yorker.

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Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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