Archive for the 'Writing' Category

I DON’T CARE IF CONVERSATIONS ARE NOT CIVIL…

April 15th, 2014

I think that the conversation, regardless of any rancor, venom or bile that may be spewed, in important because we build our communities with our conversations and if we shut down the conversations because a few trolls haven’t left the playground, then we endanger the social health of the community. A choke hold on comments […]

PULITZER AWARDED FOR SNOWDEN REPORTING…

April 15th, 2014

From this morning’s The Guardian: The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the highest accolade in US journalism, winning the Pulitzer prize for public service for their groundbreaking articles on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden. The award, announced in New York on Monday, comes 10 […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 15th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Local News Historic barns Sixth District primary Cell vs. landline Wood Co. board to vote on calendar What’s happening for Easter? Top Headlines Poll: What do you plan to do on Easter Sunday? Previously…

IN PRAISE OF MEATBALL JOURNALISM…

April 14th, 2014

Phyllis Rose writes: It sometimes seems that the more people want to write, the more they tie themselves up in knots. As a college professor observing smart students in writing classes of both fiction and nonfiction, I know that people who take such courses respect writing. You don’t need to convince them of its worth, […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 14th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Local News Winter unkind to River Trail The death penalty: Time for a change? Community service is ‘key’ Crazy Daisy Boutique Egg hunt held for visually impaired Top Headlines Poll: How interested are you in seeing so-called faith-based movies? Previously…

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 13th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Since the Marietta Times does not publish a Sunday edition, what was your favorite story this week? What story did the Marietta Times not report or under-report this week? Previously…

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 12th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Local News Preservation Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment Heartbleed virus: Local officials urge caution online Vet’s ‘smart home’ almost ready Spotlight on Belpre Church: Pioneer Presbyterian Do you think enough is being done to preserve our historic places? Previously…

CREATIVE SLEEP AND WAKEFUL DREAMING…

April 11th, 2014

From Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits vs. Literary Productivity, Visualized: I’m somewhere between Haruki and Toni…

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 11th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Local News Heroin scourge Heroin scourge: The local view Missed court date is worth a ticket to jail Health care reforms debated at Economic Roundtable Career Center skills on display This early in the road project season what’s your stress level driving around town? Previously…

SCHOOL STABBINGS AT FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL…

April 10th, 2014

I wrote in a comment to today’s Not The Marietta Times: Now, I find this interesting… While I was doing a search for general hits on the Marietta Times a few minutes ago, I found that the No. 1 News Story was Teen stabs 22 at Pittsburgh-area high school. Because I expected that the pro-gun […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 10th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Local News Bikes vs. cars Robber’s accomplice sentenced Grand jury will hear unlawful sex case Seismic testing discussed in Beverly Interactive sing-along show Do you think coyotes pose a serious danger in Washington County? Previously…

YANKING THE FILTER IS REALLY, REALLY HARD…

April 9th, 2014

The Paris Review: “The Art Of Fiction No. 4″ with Irwin Shaw: [A]lmost every writer will tell you that events that happened to him before he started writing are the most valuable to him. Once he starts writing he seems to observe the world through a filter. I believe that’s true about writers: that the […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 9th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Local News Jailhouse blues Suspect tries to get statement nixed Important city job vacant following retirement State issue will raise money for infrastructure projects Agreements on 7th, Pike project What is your opinion of traffic cameras? Previously…

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 8th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Local News Celebration! Mumps awareness Renewal levy for Warren the sky’s really the limit Hair Hoopla: Raising cancer awareness How would you describe this area’s level of heroin use? Previously…

HOW LONG CAN THIS LAST…?

April 7th, 2014

What’s going on here… Previously…

STELLAR ADVICE FOR EMAILERS TOO…

April 7th, 2014

Michael Dirda concludes: Not least, whenever possible, I like to sleep on whatever I’ve written. I’ll put a piece aside, wait a day or two, print it out, and invariably notice deficiencies and opportunities for improvement that I had somehow overlooked. Let me end with a handful of writing axioms that are always floating in […]

NOT THE MARIETTA TIMES

April 7th, 2014

What’s going on here… Today’s headlines include: Local News MHS alumni band Pilot dies in Athens Co. plane crash Families have fun fishing at local pond Taking care of Marietta 39th annual longrifle exhibit Which party do you think will be the big winner in this year’s congressional elections? Highest Rated Users ^ Bigfoot ^ […]

THE BURGLER WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS

April 6th, 2014

I wrote this letter to Lawrence Block this morning: Dear Mr. Block, I just finished your latest Bernie Rhodenbarr and, as always, I wish the tale had continued longer. Elmore Leonard was famous, at least among writers, for suggesting that his particular skill was to know when to “leave out the part that readers tend […]

WEIRDNESS IS WHAT MAKES ART…

April 6th, 2014

Nathaniel Rich writes: …most students didn’t know what to make of his music. I certainly didn’t. It was obvious that he was playing flawlessly pieces of astounding difficulty and complexity, but only the other musicians on stage and his instructors were fully able to appreciate his talent. After one performance, a classmate, struggling to formulate […]

UNHAPPINESS IS WHAT MAKES A STORY…

April 6th, 2014

I’ve bought too many magazines, attended too many workshops and own too many books, all on the subject of writing, to not understand a very simple truth about story telling: the Magic is in the details. Mya Gosling’s delightful condensations of the plays of William Shakespeare are a perfect example. She is able to reduce […]

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