….for the pleasure of words on a page, of emotions riding high when everything flows ….for the pain a word or story can evoke ….to escape writing blocks that snatch away hope ….for the solitude, and contemplation of past, present, and future ….for the memories, remade whenever they’re sutured ….to avoid those things I don’t … Continue reading I write……
Quiet echoed off the walls, punctuated occasionally by the scrape of a chair and the thud of a dropped book. Motes of dust danced on rays of light streaming through the few windows circling the room. To the left and right of where I stood, floor to ceiling bookcases lined the walls. A few wooden … Continue reading What happened to the library?
I open Google Calendar, insert the date and time, set up a reminder. A blogger, Julie, has asked to interview me about my writing life. Funny, I’ve never thought of my life that way. For more than thirty years I’ve been a sociologist, and writing has been part of the package. I turned to fiction … Continue reading Reminder: Interview Thursday
I’m writing a novel. An historical fiction novel. It grew from a number of experiences in my life. A sociologist, for a time I was a researcher on Alzheimer’s disease clinical drug trials, working with the accounts and stories of people with Alzheimer’s, and their caregivers. I co-authored a number of publications that can be … Continue reading The past in the present
In the past, I've given crosswords as assignments in Sociology undergraduate classes, but to use a crossword as a tool for writing a piece of flash fiction is an altogether different challenge. As I thought through the different ways of approaching it, it seemed easiest to write the story first, and then use it to … Continue reading Found Forms
Words. I’ve always loved the Bee Gee song by the same name. But it’s taken me a life time to really appreciate the value of words, despite that being the message of the song. It wasn’t until I was mentored in a post-doctoral fellowship by a professor for whom words meant everything that I began … Continue reading Words
I've just begun Nancy Stohlman's flash fiction course. Flash is a genre I've begun to indulge in this past year. I enjoy it because it exercises, stretches, my imagination. As a sociologist, any flights of fancy must be clipped in the service of facts, first and foremost, but now, I'm in a position to give … Continue reading Learning to flash