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“I Remember You,” by Roger Ebert

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Memoir, Quotes | 0 comments

“I Remember You,” by Roger Ebert

This article, written by Roger Ebert, appeared originally on “Roger Ebert’s Journal.” I’ve copied its entirety here, rather than providing a link, because links expire – which is somewhat ironic, really, since this essay is about being remembered. The emails have been arriving with depressing regularity. Often the subject line is only the name of a friend. With dread I know what the message will contain: That person has died. In recent weeks there have been seven such losses. Three came in a 10-day period, and I...

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My Three Minutes

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Personal Essay, NaNoWriMo, Un-Truths | 0 comments

On Monday night, I finished the first work of fiction I’ve written in—well, decades, surely, at least since beginning graduate school (in history) in 1990, and probably for some years before. I’d long ago determined, you see, that fiction is just not my thing. And the result is … 600 words long. That’s exactly the allowed maximum. I wrote it ostensibly as a submission in this year’s NPR “3-Minute Fiction” contest, with this mandatory first sentence: She closed the book, placed it on the table, and finally, decided to walk through the door....

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Half time

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Personal Essay, NaNoWriMo | 2 comments

Half time

Every. Single. Day. That’s the challenge of NaNoWriMo — writing every single day. I’m just past the midpoint of the month — and the month’s writing challenge — in both time and word count. This means I’d like to take a moment — and, hopefully, a quickly-building word count — to reflect on what’s happened this month. My parenthetical aside — and I just love them — in the previous sentence highlighted one of the dilemmas of this project for me: the word count. I know it’s inapplicable for the project I’m doing, and maybe even silly, but I can’t...

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A Gathering of Introverts

Posted by on Nov 8, 2011 in Images, NaNoWriMo | 1 comment

A Gathering of Introverts

This past Saturday – November 5th – I was able to answer the question: What happens if you bring together a bunch of introverts? Saturday was the first (of two) meetups for the local group of National Novel Writing Month participants, or TC Wrimos. The group met in the basement level of Horizon Books, one of the last substantial independent bookstores in our region, for six hours of writing en masse. There was plenty of talking amongst the writers (or writing amongst the talkers), but by wrap-up at 9:00 pm (I had to leave at 6:00...

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It was a dark and stormy … month

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Writing Advice, NaNoWriMo | 0 comments

It was a dark and stormy … month

The slogan: “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!” November is coming, and the ever-shorter days mean that it’s time again for National Novel Writing Month – or “NaNoWriMo.” It’s a mostly- (but not entirely-)online assemblage of writers and non-writers and wanna-be-writers, who join a collective national effort to write, in the space of one November, a novel of 50,000 words. Does it need to be a classic? Does it need to be good? Does it need to have any actual readers? The answer to each of these question is a firm No! NaNoWriMo is...

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