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from 3/16/2015: channeled meditation for finding poems/words/songs

when you can’t find words of your own, borrow. list out a string of them that don’t make sense. precious ocean tidal arc i beg i dream i beg again feel it on your tongue: language forming, symbols budding. sometimes there are thorns sharp as cold water. — the lulls the hums of vowels twisting eventually… Continue reading from 3/16/2015: channeled meditation for finding poems/words/songs

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Sweet Butter – The Non-Writer Writer.

A friend at work asked if he could read my short stories some time. “What stories?” I said. “I don’t really write stories anymore. Sometimes I do. But I don’t finish them. I just don’t feel compelled, really.” Admitting that I wasn’t working on anything specific used to be a moment of sickening defeat for… Continue reading Sweet Butter – The Non-Writer Writer.

fiction · inspiration · inspirational quotes · passion · Uncategorized · writing · writing advice

Reading as Awareness, not Escape: an aside.

I never bought into the idea that reading was an escape. Sure, you go somewhere and visit with new characters, get “lost” in worlds and made-up dramas. But ultimately (as all things do) it just brings you closer to yourself. True escapism, in my book, would be reading for the sake of falling into a coma:… Continue reading Reading as Awareness, not Escape: an aside.

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On working with Monica Bruno, for her debut novel RACHEL’S FOLLY

 One of the beauties of working with author Monica Bruno on the final drafts of her first novel, RACHEL’S FOLLY, is how brave she was in allowing me to do what writers secretly fear of their editors: she encouraged me to uncover, explore, dig deep between the pages, to ask the terrifying questions that would… Continue reading On working with Monica Bruno, for her debut novel RACHEL’S FOLLY

beauty · fiction · inspiration · invented languages

Ever hear a song in an Invented Language that you LIKED?

One of my literary and spiritual heroes, Robert Stikmanz, recorded this lovely, haunting song of a poem I wrote that he transliterated into his invented language, Dvarsh. The poem, “Rush,” or “G’Teoksh.” is featured in the guidebook we co-authored, The Way It Grows: An Introduction to Dvarsh.  Copies are still available through Confabule.com and Amazon.… Continue reading Ever hear a song in an Invented Language that you LIKED?