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Writing What You Know: Abstracts of a Marriage and Separation

  My parents went through the most amicable divorce of anyone I have ever known. There was no yelling and screaming before their split, during, nor after. I’m sure there were resentments for quite a time, but for my outwardly calm parents, I sure didn’t see any of it. At age 11, when they sat… Continue reading Writing What You Know: Abstracts of a Marriage and Separation

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“Smile,” They Said.

Warning: Rant Ahead Related: NOT political …except for starting with the story about at least one male journalist’s commentary about Secretary Clinton’s primary wins last week. I liked Valenti’s article in The Guardian about this as she helped accentuate the principal irritation with the journalist’s “Smile. You just had a big night.” tweet. Valenti says:… Continue reading “Smile,” They Said.

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The Conundrum of a “Found” Manuscript

Okay, yes, I’m going to join in with all the ruckus about Harper Lee’s latest novel, released today, Go Set a Watchman. Join me? And no, I haven’t read it; so if that’s going to make you crazy, consider this fair warning. On the other hand, I’m not planning on spending a bunch of time… Continue reading The Conundrum of a “Found” Manuscript

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Do Your Characters Reveal Your Race? A White Author’s Push for Self-Examination

For a very long time, one of my sons has been asking me to read the books from Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. My kids like it when I read stuff they really like, which I can appreciate. We all like to share stories we are passionate about. And while I always had every… Continue reading Do Your Characters Reveal Your Race? A White Author’s Push for Self-Examination