On my own voice

A dear friend of mine is a sociologist who loves literature. One of her theories is that there is no such thing as fiction. She maintains that all work is somewhat true, somewhat autobiographical.  Another Oscar Wilde quote: Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he…

The most elegant pumpkin on the block

Smoke from a neighboring chimney drifted into her nostrils as she carefully lined up the cookie cutter against the pumpkin and held the hammer in place.  The drill growled as she made polka dots across the bright surface.  She was determined to follow the magazine instructions exactly and have the most elegant pumpkin on the…

The Path to Victory 

Romance author Eden Glenn told me the other day that I should read The First Five Pages, so I did.   Noah Lukeman ends with this: Ask yourself what you would do if you knew you would never be published. Would you still write? If you are truly writing for the art of it, the…