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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

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All the New Year’s tweets and Facebook posts about resolutions began to swim together. But one lingered with me long enough to remember the point: Consider it an “intention,” not a “resolution.” I wish I could credit the person who shared this idea, because I love it. And it’s helping me manage a big writing intention of my own: daily writing.

Even if it’s only a few minutes per day, I am INTENDING to write briefly for myself each day in 2015. To help me get in/keep to this habit, I’m currently relying rather heavily on exercises and prompts.

One week in, and so far, so good! One of the poems I wrote after scanning this list of prompts may actually turn into something…someday. And the few hundred words inspired by Midge Raymond’s “Bad Habit” tip may be something I return to as well. 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.”

How did I get to be middle-aged without actually growing up?

Source: Meghan Daum, The Unspeakable

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Sunday Sentence

HaleviIn 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.”

In Jerusalem bodies are buried without coffins, in prayer shawls or shrouds, close to the holy earth from which they are expected to someday rise.

Source: Yossi Klein Halevi, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation

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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.”

She’d once spent a week in the country, during a brief relationship with a nature-lover, and it had been the most horrifying week of her life.

Source: Brian Morton, Florence Gordon

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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

Some writerly-readerly highlights from the past week:

  • Met Gary Shteyngart! At a conversation between Sasha Senderovich and him that took place at Baruch College of The City University of New York.
  • Received  Missouri Review contributor copies including my most recent review-essay.
  • Spent a quality weekend morning drinking coffee & talking writing with a friend.
  • Received another rejection for my aforementioned humor piece.
  • Continued to submit my aforementioned humor piece.
  • Received an invitation to give a talk to writers on the subject of writing contests.
  • Finished reading a remarkable novel.
  • Put some finishing touches on the November issue of The Practicing Writer.
  • Not a whole lot of actual writing there, alas. (I could enumerate some of my “day job” activities, including “writing a new blog post,” but I’ve opted not to go into detail re: that work.)

    How about you and your week?

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    From My Bookshelf: The Assistant, by Bernard Malamud

    UnknownLast June, I shared a short list of books I hoped to read over the summer. Bernard Malamud’s 1957 novel The Assistant was on that list, because, as I explained “I should have read it long ago.”

    Alas, the summer ended without my meeting the goal. But there’s a good postscript: I did manage to read the book this past week.

    It’s phenomenal. The edition I’d purchased happens to include an introduction by Jonathan Rosen, and that introduction drew me in from its first two paragraphs: Continue reading ›

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