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Saturday Summation – 17 May 2014

Bits and pieces of things that caught my eye not only for my own interest, but enough to want to share with you, too…

Reading Stuff:

“There are times when it is athletic and beautiful and right to make marks on the page to show what language is capable of, to reveal the flexibility of thought. And there are other times when, our hearts “tight and hard and cold,” a poem, a line, a word can shatter us. Should shatter us.” Nick Ripatrazone gives a lovely account of how literature – written stories – do us good when they can touch us so deeply.

Have you ever read the little stories on Chipotle’s cups? My oldest son is a lot like me and anytime we bring home those mega-burritos, I usually have the big old fountain soda, too and he can’t help but read everything on it, twisting it even as I am trying to pick it up and grab a sip. Now, he’ll have even better stuff to engross him as authors such as Jonathan Safran Foer and Toni Morrison have been commissioned to write short, original fiction for those cups. Fun!


Writing Stuff:

Orly Konig-Lopez gave me a timely post in how to use all five senses to convey and boost emotion in our writing. Truly, this is not usually a problematic area for me, except, interestingly, I have a character in a current manuscript who apparently needs to emote more. Regardless, this post has some excellent description and examples for adding in more feeling and passion to our stories.


Other Stuff:

I loved this recent interview with Peggy McIntosh, who is credited for the expansion of thought regarding white privilege. If you haven’t heard of her, I encourage you to read this interview to learn where she came from and how she grew and therefore how she helped so many others of us to grow, too. 


Song of the Week:

I’ve been editing-editing-editing lately and because of that, one of the songs from the playlist for that manuscript wins for song of the week. I love this acoustic version of Dispatch’s “Out Loud”. There’s this part in the refrain where the lead singer pauses before he sings, “I suppose I would” that just gets to me because it sounds so casual, and yet I imagine the actual commitment behind the words – especially since later he changes it to “you know I would.”



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