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
Interesting update on this topic. The Washington Post has weighed in on this issue as it relates to women -- the debate continues. =================== 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 … Continue reading In Vino Veritas
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?
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. But I think there’s more. I’ve been asked to … Continue reading The Burdens of Self-Promotion: the Bio Problem
As I’ve started circulating my novel to agents, I’ve received the question – always from women – “Why is your protagonist a man?” I then say, “Why do you ask?” They reply, “I just wondered.” Obviously there’s a subtext to the question that they’re not sharing. I’ve wondered if they feel a woman can’t write … Continue reading Women Writing Men
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 … Continue reading Perilous Ground