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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?

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Last August, I spent a Saturday evening watching the drag races at Portland International Raceway. Locals call it PIR. It’s difficult to explain the appeal of drag races. They can be boring and exhilarating. The boredom involves the long waits between races as the track is prepped, and two drivers queue up, waiting for the clock to tick down to zero. The exhilaration occurs when the lights flash from red to green and the drivers peel out in a horrendous cloud of engine noise and toxic waste, burning tires and spewing smoke, as they tear along a straightaway for less than 10 seconds.

In the face of fossil-fuel fed change, it seems like the final hurrah, the last gasp of another time, (more…)

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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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I’m a LinkedIn misfit. When I signed on eons ago it seemed a professional necessity. More recently I’ve gravitated to Facebook for the density of interesting posts. On Facebook people are snarky. They reveal their wit. They’re outspoken, often intelligent, and unafraid of judgment. (more…)

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I’ve never been very good at networking. Write it off to my introverted personality. While I’ve always been responsive to others who call on me for professional assistance, I’ve never felt comfortable doing the same. I still cringe at the prospect of requesting a letter of recommendation. (more…)

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My venture into this public sphere is characterized by long silent lapses. I post nothing, sometimes because I have nothing to say, or because I’m busy with life, or working on other writing. (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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Over dinner with a few writers the conversation evolved to a discussion of agents. Two present had met agents through local writers conferences. Both were invited to submit writing samples. Neither heard from the agents. It’s not the first time I’ve heard the story.

Here’s what I’ve gleaned about the matchmaking business that occurs at writers conferences. Organizers know they can draw more registrants if they’re enticed with the opportunity to meet literary agents. Everyone has dreams. (more…)

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