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Interesting update on this topic. The Washington Post has weighed in on this issue as it relates to women — the debate continues.

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Now for something completely different. This may be relevant to writing only in that some writers are also wine drinkers.

A while back my husband and I went shopping for wine glasses. Nothing fancy. Just plain everyday wine glasses that would fit inside and withstand the dishwasher. We went to several retail stores – not high end, but the sort that sell cheap glasses in boxed sets.

We examined the inventory in three different stores, and couldn’t find wine glasses smaller than 12 or 16 ounces. I thought, that’s a lot of wine. We ended up finding the 8-ounce glasses we sought at a store that supplies caterers, who, apparently, are the only ones who care about pouring too much wine. (more…)

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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.

When I met the journal founders last summer I refrained from the question that loomed overhead, that dark discouraging cloud that rains on bright ideas. But I wondered, “Do we really need another literary journal?” I know the numbers. New journals flare like meteors and then die out after the seed money is spent and volunteers lose interest. (more…)

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Designer Jane Pellicciotto recently commented on “The Third-Person Bio Problem.”

She wasn’t referring to biographical books, but the short blurbs we post to our web sites for the purpose of self-promotion. Jane suggests that it’s pretentious. I had to wince because, yes, I’ve done it too. (more…)

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As I’ve started circulating my novel to agents, I’ve received the question – always from women – “Why is your protagonist a man?” (more…)

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It usually starts like this. “I’d really like to read your work.”

This comes from a casual acquaintance, someone who wants to read what I write. Me in particular. I don’t know why. They know me from the office or the gym. They aren’t people with whom I feel a deep spiritual kinship. They’re casual friends. Acquaintances. (more…)

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