• algernon_blackwood

    The Willows In which I take part in David Abrams’ #Sundaysentence, sharing a well-crafted sentence I’ve read this week, without introduction Read More →

  • Guido Barilla

    A boycott that worked Like many, I was shocked to hear that Barilla CEO Guido Barilla had told an Italian radio host that Read More →

  • Bex

    777 challenge I’ve been tagged by Jenn (Bishop) Barnes in the 777 Challenge. Writers challenge writers to post the first full seven lines Read More →

The Willows

In which I take part in David Abrams’ #Sundaysentence, sharing a well-crafted sentence I’ve read this week, without introduction or explanation. And when I turned my eyes again from his ghastly face to the river, the current had done its work, and the body had been swept away into midstream and was already beyond our
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A boycott that worked

Like many, I was shocked to hear that Barilla CEO Guido Barilla had told an Italian radio host that the family company “would never do [a commercial] with a homosexual couple, not for lack of respect, but because we don’t agree with them.” Barilla, based in Parma, Italy, is the world’s largest manufacturer of pasta. The
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Under the Skin

In which I take part in David Abram’s weekly Sunday Sentence, taking a sentence from a book I’m reading. This one is from the astonishing, disturbing, strange and completely wonderful Under the Skin by Michel Faber: “The vodsel’s eyes were wild with fear, and the barbed-wire fence was only waist-high, but their frozen and lacerated legs, weighed
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8 terrible titles

As my writing friend Jenn (Barnes) Bishop wrote recently, it’s fairly common for books to have titles drawn from a phrase somewhere in the book. I’ve always considered myself pretty good with titles. They usually come up before I’ve written a word. But, in keeping with this challenge, I’m going to troll my work-in-progress for
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777 challenge

I’ve been tagged by Jenn (Bishop) Barnes in the 777 Challenge. Writers challenge writers to post the first full seven lines of the seventh page of his or her work in progress, starting seven lines down. My work-in-progress is the second book in a speculative fantasy, tentatively titled Fountain of Dark: Fir and his brothers are slave warriors
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A community speaks

On September 24, over 120 Muslim scholars, academics and religious authorities released a open letter addressed to the “fighters and followers” of the so-called Islamic State. Among the signatories are Sheikh Shawqi Allam, the grand mufti of Egypt, and Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem and All Palestine. The letter is dense and
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Ancillary Justice

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “(As a troop carrier), I sat, as I had sat for most of my two-thousand-year existence in one system or another, feeling the bitter chill of vacuum outside my hull, the
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Stylish sentences

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “A precious performance, Blaine had called it, in that gently forbearing tone he used when they talked about novels, as though he was sure that she, with a little
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Eating the archives

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “(The genealogist lost in the archives was discovered) almost miraculously, after a week, starving, thirsty, exhausted, delirious, having survived thanks to  the desperate measure of ingesting enormous quantities of
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About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza

Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a girl retrieving her books from the rubble stop me cold? The image was originally posted, as far as I can tell, by the Palestinian Information Center soon after Israel’s bombing began. As the world knows,
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