Si Je T’aime (If I Love You) – A Loving Ashe Short Story

I was planning on writing a Valentine-themed short story for Billie and Heath, my characters from my third novel, A Collateral Attraction, but somehow they weren’t quite ready to tell me their plans for their first Valentine’s Day together.  Fortunately, Ashe and Riley were not as tight-lipped, so here’s a reworking of a short story I wrote

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How to Write: A Year in Advice from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Angela Flournoy, T.C. Boyle, and More – The Atlantic

“When it’s done right, fiction provides the authority to speak about deep things; at the same time, it provides a shield, a mask. The mask lets you say things, talk about things, that you couldn’t ordinarily talk about.” – Lorin Stein “At a certain point, you have to be kind to yourself as a writer

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Letters of Note: Make your soul grow

What I had to say to you, moreover, would not take long, to wit: Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.

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Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner – A Book Review

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the first shows I fell in love with a child was Quincy ME even if at that time I had no exact idea what a medical examiner’s work really entailed. It

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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story | Open Culture

When it came to giving advice to writers, Kurt Vonnegut was never dull. He once tried to warn people away from using semicolons by characterizing them as “transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing.” And, in a master’s thesis rejected by The University of Chicago, he made the tantalizing argument that “stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph

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