Category Archives: Characterization

Book Review: Bliss by Lauren Myracle

I had been thinking about writing a book review about the YA horror book Bliss by Lauren Myracle when her name came up in a most unfortunate way.  She was told her novel Shine would be nominated for a National … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Ides of March

A political drama directed by George Clooney and starring the red-hot Ryan Gosling.  The set-up is familiar: A smart, earnest politician (Clooney) who says all the right things and loves his beautiful wife.  An idealistic staffer devoted to the ideals … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 9: My Irish Novel

Previously on My Origin Story: I power-wrote my third novel twice in under three months and vowed I wouldn’t try that again for a long time. Not so fast. A few months later, November of my senior year in high … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 8: The Obligatory Post-Apocalyptic Novel

Previously on My Origin Story: I wrote a second novel and got bored with it. In the early 80s, I had my first nuclear war dream. I dreamed the Russians nuked the moon.

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My Origin Story Part 7: Another Novel, More Lessons Learned (Sort of)

Previously on My Origin Story: I worked on a style of writing and won an award. During the summer between 9th and 10th grade, I started my second novel. In Anya Seton’s Green Darkness, a novel about reincarnation, there was … Continue reading

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How To Write a Batterer

In critique group the other day, the issue of writing batterers and domestic abuse came up. Here are some thoughts on the matter. (My alter ego is as a crisis counselor in a domestic violence (DV) safehouse.) Who are these … Continue reading

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My Origin Story Part 6: McCracken’s Barn

Previously, on My Origin Story: I wrote, or rather overwrote, my first novel. Through 7th and 8th grade, I played around with what I called realist writing. I wanted to, in the words of Hemingway, “Write hard and clear about … Continue reading

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