First of all, a confession. In the past I have posted articles on writing despite not believing you can teach or motivate someone to write, at least not write good material. So the articles I've posted relate to my personal experience which is not entirely successful, at all or articles which give some practical guidance…Read more JUST WRITE
Nico Ryan An interesting article by Nico Ryan for The Writing Cooperative Unfortunately, much of the existing advice for improving one’s writing is either far too generic (e.g., “Write with your heart!”), too simplistic (e.g., “You need to write everyday!”), and/or flat-out mistaken (e.g., “Never write in the first person!”) read more
An old short story from Postcard from a Pigeon and Other Stories
I knew none of my companions before that evening. Yet here we were, all five of us, striding with intent, to our common destination.
A full moon swung in the air like a bare bulb in a dingy pub toilet. The path was wet and slimy from that evening’s summer downpour, slippy from the sodden daily grime of a country town’s streets, chip grease, spilt beer, puke and chewing gum. We trudged along purposefully and, it must be said, tipsily.
We were seeking arbitration and judgement on something that on a summer’s evening in a small town in north west Kerry raised issues as fundamental as birth and birthright.There was close to 750 Euro in side bets involved too.
It’s amazing what a night of carousing can be had from a summer’s night in a country pub with a town festival and carnival in full swing. The posters we…
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For the past six months my mind has been lost in a kaleidoscope, one full of flashing lights and shiny objects, all of them a breath away from tangible. Of course, most of the past six months has been spent recuperating from an operation. That recovery left me sitting, helpless, confined by my physical surroundings…Read more Lost in a Kaleidoscope
Immobile, leg encased in plaster, climb the 30 steps, ascend to comfort and sanctuary. No time to think or talk, no time to write with too much time. Two months of tv movies and dinners, old books read again. Until the time came, when the leg awoke, became a thousand tiny living creatures, a paper…Read more DESCEND
http://nautil.us/issue/47/consciousness/the-kekul-problem Cormac McCarthy is best known to the world as a writer of novels. These include Blood Meridian, All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road. At the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) he is a research colleague and thought of in complementary terms. An aficionado on subjects ranging from the history…Read more The Kekulé Problem Where did language come from? By Cormac McCarthy Illustrations by Don Kilpatrick III April 20, 2017
The jewelry warehouse is surrounded. Apart from the SWAT team and the K-9 unit, there's an entire squad of uniformed personnel whose sole task appears to be crowd control and the deployment of barriers. 'We have him,' the lieutenant says, gleefully. Standing beside him, pockets bulging, Mary can only chuckle.
Sister article to '10 Books that will make you a better writer (and why)', posted in StartupGrind by Shaunta Grimes Hard learned lessons distilled from 25 years of writing read more
Useful article for writers by Shaunta Grimes at StartupGrind Books every fiction writer should own By Shaunta Grimes for StartupGrind Last week, I wrote about 25 habits that will make you a better writer. This week, I thought — let’s dive into books. After twenty-plus years writing, I’ve collected some resources that I absolutely couldn’t do with out.…Read more 10 books that will make you a better writer (and why)
'Ignorance can sometimes — not always, but sometimes — be as beneficial as knowledge. Ignorance is beneficial when we are aware of it.' Source: Los Angeles Times Author: Viet Thanh Nguyen Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley…Read more Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness