Resist: The Tyranny of Photo Releases

Warning: this is a wayward rant about a writing conference practice that intersects with another favorite topic: business.  Lately I’ve been thinking about what ails our world, and my thoughts have centered on the role of predatory capitalism— an approach to business that maximizes the delivery of wealth to investors and executives at the cost … Continue reading Resist: The Tyranny of Photo Releases

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Me Too

I’ve debated whether I should add to the “me-too” lists enumerating the atrocities women have experienced from the Harvey Weinstein-type men of the world. I’ve tried to sort through my feelings on the topic. I have my own lengthy list of bad experiences, but I don’t feel outrage, even though it’s justified. Instead, I feel … Continue reading Me Too

Living in the Apocalypse

Update - I'm not alone in seeing the haunting parallels between human behaviors in the midst of the global warming crisis and Nevil Shute's On the Beach. Here's another perspective from Lit Hub. Will reading dystopian fiction inspire different behaviors? *** Last August, I spent a Saturday evening watching the drag races at Portland International … Continue reading Living in the Apocalypse

Down the Rabbit Hole: Writer or Performer?

It happened unintentionally. I followed a series of internet links that carried me into a blind alley. I was perusing social media on a Sunday morning and encountered a post about The Timberline Review. It’s a new literary journal, cooked up by Oregon writers, good people committed to fostering the art and craft of writing. … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole: Writer or Performer?

Another perspective on self-promotion

I'm losing my interest in social media as it increasingly gravitates toward revenue-generating posts. Real voices and real people are harder to find. Linked-In seems like some bloated scroll of billboards, rather than the personal updates it once featured. Facebook has also moved toward advertising, granting the greatest presence to those who pay. Ever wondered … Continue reading Another perspective on self-promotion