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posted on: Dec 31 2013

The Year in Review – A Look Back at 2013

          2013 was very good to me.  I brought out a new book, learned a lot about how to use social media, and finished my novel, What is Found, What is Lost, which will be published by She Writes Press late in 2014.  I had some...

posted on: Dec 30 2013

“Smoke”

SMOKE   Ten years ago you got four, maybe five fires a season, but that month alone there’d been ten.  Global warming was to blame.  Some insect had moved north and killed off the Douglas fir. When lightning struck, those dead trees burned right away.  A healthy, living...

posted on: Sep 10 2013

The Honest Writer: Nancy Hill’s “It Could Have Happened”

  It Could Have Happened, by Nancy Hill is a gorgeous collection of short stories, each inspired by equally gorgeous black and white photographs, taken by the author herself.  Consider these, as the book’s subtitle says, fairy-tales for grownups.  Love lost, love found, fortunes gained, fortunes...

posted on: Sep 07 2013

The Honest Writer: “Shadowboxing,” a novel by Paul Sophia

      Paula Sophia’s novel, Shadowboxing, dares you to keep reading. This is a painful, tense, and authentic account of a young man’s struggle with sexual identity. Bill Guyles joins the Oklahoma City Police force after serving in Iraq. He has a girlfriend, albeit a particularly flaky...

posted on: Sep 05 2013

Our Love Could Light The World reviewed by Dominique Bruno for Souvenir

        Reviewed by Dominique Bruno Anne Leigh Parrish’s Our Love Could Light The World introduces us to the Dugans, a family in Upstate New York who seem fated to permanent misfortune.  Mrs. Lavinia Dugan, who always assumes “the worst,” goes to work each day to support her five children...

posted on: Sep 01 2013

Blue Jasmine

  Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, for all its brilliance and light, is essentially a remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).  Each movie give us a beautiful, fragile woman who's fallen on hard times through no fault of her own – but wait, and forgive the...

posted on: Jul 31 2013

The Honest Writer: Author Pam McGaffin

        Author Pam McCaffin offers some comments on her writing life, and her story, "Boundaries," which recently appeared in Eclectica Magazine.  Below in her self-interview. Why do you write and what are your goals as an author? Goals? I have only one right now: Finish the novel....

posted on: Jul 28 2013

The Honest Writer: Some Thoughts From Grant Jarrett

    Grant Jarrett's story, "A Perfectly Reasonable Request," appeared in the July 2013 issue of Eclectica Magazine.  He was kind enough to share some thoughts about his writing life, and the origins of his story. "The odd, inappropriate comment from a pretty girl in grade school, the...