Monthly Archives: June 2010

A Boyds Mills Evening

The air hung like a soggy blanket above Boyds Mills today, so saturated I had to hop in a cool shower the minute I returned to my cabin from my afternoon walk. There are only two cabins filled now; the … Continue reading

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Phoenix Airport Blues

You never know what’s going to start that old writing hunger growling in your belly. Tonight, it’s a two-hour layover in the Phoenix airport. The pilot said it’s 100 degrees outside (at 9:00 p.m.), but in here it’s just stuffy, … Continue reading

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Experiential Writing

I’m writing this post from the midpoint of the Morrison Bridge, hunkered down beneath a narrow metal shelter hoping the storm will pass quickly. The hills behind Portland have grayed beyond recognition. Wind drives the rain toward the Willamette’s gunmetal … Continue reading

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Learn to Recognize Voice

I teach a whole workshop on “Finding Your Voice.” Beginning writers usually don’t think much about voice. When they do, they’re not quite sure what it is. But somewhere along the path to publication, most writers discover that voice is … Continue reading

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Portland Mellow

One thing I really enjoy about working remotely as an editor is mobility, especially since moving back to my favorite city–Portland, Oregon–late last summer. At least once a week, I make an excursion to the UPS Store on Third Avenue … Continue reading

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Write Who You Are

Mary Nethery, a good friend and former fellow-critiquer, just sent me this link to a blurb about her new book in Publishers Weekly. I was struck by the “rightness” of the scene I saw in the accompanying photo: Mary, sitting … Continue reading

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A Favorite Chautauqua Quote

While pulling together bios for this year’s Chautauqua attendees, I became entranced by this quote from Dora Yuet Lan Tsang of Hong Kong: My best advice came from Max, a seven-year-old. One day I asked, “Max, when you grow up, … Continue reading

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