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LAWRENCE BLOCK…">OF COURSE THEY PICKED LAWRENCE BLOCK

September 22nd, 2011

The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society My copy is on order…

ANNDDD… I’M BACK…

November 25th, 2016

As promised, I’m back from a mini-retreat from the news, but over the course of the last 16 days a lot of news was published and guess what? My world didn’t collapse. So I’ve decided to ease my way back in over the balance of 2016 and decide, probably somewhere short of my previous deep […]

THIS COLUMN POST WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE…

November 23rd, 2016

So, I’ve been a devotee of Julia Cameron’s morning pages from her 1992 book, The Artist’s Way, since the mid-90s when I began writing my first (yet unpublished) novel Cold Silence. My morning writing routine consisted of: Step 1—complete my morning pages, Step 2—read a Lawrence Block article from his collections of Writing Fiction columns […]

COFFEE, TEA OR THE NINE OF HEARTS…?

July 15th, 2016

I prefer coffee to tea, but the routine is more about the drumbeat of actions and less about the details. Balanchine rose early, before 6:00 a.m., made a pot of tea, and read a little or played a hand of Russian solitaire while he gathered his thoughts. —George Balanchine (1904-1983) page 124. From Daily Rituals: […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SEEMING TO BE THERE…

June 1st, 2015

My current project is a novel set a century ago in Charleston, South Carolina. I’ve only been to Charleston once, and that for only a single afternoon more than a dozen years ago. I remember the high bridge driving south into the city. I remember lunch and a bookstore. I remember park and battery at […]

REAL EXPERTS ARE TOO BUSY DOING…

October 5th, 2014

[T]here’s something jarring about being told, say, how to manage your time by someone who spends their life immersed in time-management systems: the rest of us don’t have time to live like that, which is kind of the whole point. Or take the pop-psychology cliché of discovering your “life purpose”. This might be a valid […]

OLD BLOGROLLS…

August 27th, 2014

OLD BLOGROLL 161109-161219 Algonquin Books Atlantic Comment Workshop Bill Moyers & Company Derf Blog (Tuesdays) Global Weirding (Thursdays) Havin’ A Laugh: —Louis Black (Sundays) —Sarah Silverman (Mondays) —Monty Python (Tuesdays) —Eddy Izzard (Wednesdays) —Doc Brown (Thursdays) —George Carlin (Fridays) —Ellen DeGeneres (Saturdays) Inside Creative Writing Intercept Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka John Oliver (Mondays) Mano […]

COSMOS TO RECIPE FOR GENTLEMAN’S RELISH…

August 17th, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey saved 154 days ago. Cryptic crossword saved 148 days ago. Lawrence Block In Taiwan saved 147 days ago. Afi Scruggs: Digital Storyteller saved 147 days ago. Microsoft admits to reading journalist’s emails saved 144 days ago. Gentleman’s Relish saved 140 days ago. Word count saved 140 days ago. NSA critics express […]

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 […]

HOW BOOKS CAN OPEN YOUR MIND…

June 7th, 2013

What happens when a dream you’ve held since childhood … doesn’t come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

LET THE SUMMER BEGIN…!

June 7th, 2013

Yesterday was the last day of the school year and this morning I officially begin my summer. So far, keeping my fingers crossed, I’ve managed to fit all five of my summer students into a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday schedule that keeps me busy from 0715 to 1800, but leaves me free the other four days […]

CAN I FIND THE DISCIPLINE NOT TO READ…?

July 9th, 2012

How do you deal with your plethora of books? Right now on my desk I have the following: Across That Bridge by John Lewis; Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel; Black Over White by Thomas Holt; Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle; Business Model You by Tim Clark; Complete Idiot’s Guide to Calculus by Michael […]

WE NOTICE WHAT WE THINK ABOUT…

October 23rd, 2010

As a veteran of too many improve yourself books, I’ve noticed universal themes that must all go back to a shaman sitting in front of his cave exhorting the members of his tribe to really excel at killing antelopes by being the hunter they want to be. I’ve long understand the concept that we become […]

GOING EYE TO EYE WITH MY WRITER…

October 21st, 2010

The following exercise from Lawrence Block’s Write For Your life is about “Looking At The Writer In The Mirror.” Success is a word that means different things to different people. The way we use it at WFYL, success means getting what you want as a writer. One thing we certainly don’t do is make any […]

RESTOCKING MY WRITER SHELVES…

October 20th, 2010

Continuing my exercises from Lawrence Block’s Write For Your Life, Block next asks readers to consider how they might continuously replenish their personal stock of experiences. This is similar to the concept of the Artist’s Date – taking your inner-artist out for fun on a regular basis – that Julie Cameron writes about in her […]

FRANK HERBERT’S 62 MOST IMPORTANT WORDS…

October 18th, 2010

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there […]

THOUGHTS ON 21ST CENTURY FILING…

August 22nd, 2010

When I was a magazine editor I had four horizontal, four-drawer filing cabinets– 64 linear feet — full of news releases, photographs, background material, published stories, tear sheets and notes on the best places to pull a pint in more than 100 cities and towns in the United States. When the municipal edition of Recycling […]

FROM MY CHAPBOOK…

May 20th, 2010

The chief reward of any artistic effort (and perhaps of every other effort as well) is the work itself. Success lies in the accomplishment, not in its fruits. If I write well, I”m a success. Wealth and fame might be fun (or they might not) but they”re largely beside the point. p. 251 Found in […]

FROM MY CHAPBOOK…

May 19th, 2010

My primary job is writing. My secondary job is offering what I”ve written for sale. What happens after that is somebody else”s job. p. 251 Found in my electronic chapbook. From Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block.

FROM MY CHAPBOOK…

May 18th, 2010

Humility helps me keep myself in perspective . When my humility is in good order, both success and failure become easier to take. I”m able to recognize that the fate of empires does not hinge upon my work. I can see then that my writing will never be perfect, and that perfection is not a […]

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