Earlier this summer, I wrote an essay about that tragic pool party in McKinney, Texas, where police overreacted, with guns drawn, to a complaint from a white mom about noisy Black teenagers at the community pool. This has been a season of extreme racial tragedies, and I had trouble getting the piece published once the news cycle had moved on.
Rejection is part of the writing game, but as every writer knows, not all rejections are…
Added by Sharon Van Epps on August 26, 2015 at 9:07am — No Comments
I started writing when I was 14 and it changed everything. I can't even begin to describe how much it changed my life, and me.
I started my first novel in a notebook until I got my first computer. Typing was so much faster than writing with a pen. I was amazed by how many words I could write in a day--and amazed that my computer kept up with how many words I had. My first complete novel wasn't good. In fact, it was horrible. My writing had no structure and no…
Added by Ashley Earley on August 25, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Posted video profile of woodturner Dennis Stelz, who talks about how craft saved his life.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 12, 2015 at 6:43am — No Comments
I was asked to start a blog about my writing experience. To be honest, I probably will not be writing a detailed and consistent blog. I'm really busy with writing, though I might post some of my thoughts or experiences.
I began writing in German at age six. I would sit down next to my mom and tell her a story. I would just make it up on the spot. I once thought up a three-minute rhyme and couldn't remember it when I started to write it down. That was my one foray into poetry. While I…Continue
Posted quotes by painter Agnes Martin:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 2, 2015 at 10:02am — No Comments
Today's short is the trailer for 'Paul Taylor: Creative Domain', a quick look at the famous choreographer's artistic process.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on August 1, 2015 at 7:40am — No Comments
Posted Saturday Short. I'm sharing John Siddique's 'Avebury', inspired by Derek Jarman's 'Journey to Avebury':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 25, 2015 at 9:12am — No Comments
Posted brief profile and trailer for documentary about Fannie Lou Hamer, a remarkable civil rights activist:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 15, 2015 at 6:28am — No Comments
If you're going to write a book, you should write about something that you're interested in.
You should write something you want to write about. You write for your readers, but you write for yourself more than anything. When you wake up in the morning you should be excited about writing. And you have that crave to write. If you're not interesting in what you're writing, you won't be so ecstatic to write which will put a damp on your work. Writing is supposed to be…
Added by Ashley Earley on June 30, 2015 at 10:40am — No Comments
Are you a coffee addict?
Do you write and read books?
I am, and I do! That's why I was truly inspired by the infographic of The Dog House Diaries about the connection between your coffee preferences and your character; I went further, and had a crack at creating... well... let's call it "a kind of" infographic about book recommendations based on your favorite coffee drink.
It's summer now! And this is the best season to read, isn't it? Many cool websites have made the…Continue
A lot of things can inspire me to write.
I can't tell you how many times I've zoned out at the dinner table while thinking about books, writing, more books, random things, etc. I get a lot of my book ideas while I'm zoned out in my own La La Land. I also get a lot of book ideas when I can't sleep at night...When I first started writing, I had to keep a notebook by my bed because I didn't have a phone at the time. The "Notes" App really comes in handy in the middle of the…Continue
Added by Ashley Earley on June 6, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments
Posted Saturday Short, about Tori Murden McClure, who rowed into a hurricane:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 6, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments
I experienced a bit of letting go myself last week and it really paid off. I entered…Continue
Posted Thought for the Day, a line from Philip Levine's poem 'On the Meeting of Garcia Lorca and Hart Crane':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 8, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments
Posted Wednesday Wonder: a LEGO mechanical loom machine:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 4, 2015 at 6:48am — No Comments
Posted Monday Muse, a look at 'The Spider', an animation of a poem by Gabor Barabas inspired by sculptor Louise Bourgeois:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on February 9, 2015 at 7:28am — No Comments
According to the gnostic gospels, if you bring forth what’s inside you, it’ll save you; if you do not bring forth what’s inside you, it’ll destroy you. Many writers ache to bring forth what’s inside them, but are challenged by inner…Continue
I've posted a new Artist Watch feature at Escape Into Life, where you'll find the beautiful, up-close images of Skye Sadowski-Malcom's snowflakes.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on January 29, 2015 at 6:22am — No Comments
Posted 'Passage', a poem about possibilities:
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