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December newsletter: the Pit and the Telescope

A couple nights ago, Pavlina came out of the shower with an idea about ideas. She had been having shower thoughts as one does, when she remembered something she regretted saying. Or maybe it was a fight she’d had with … Continue reading

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November Newsletter: Facts are Bones

So there I was, done. I could feel it. The out-breath as I saved the file and shut down my laptop on Friday, yes, but more than that, the lack of the in-breath on the following Tuesday. Theoretically, there was … Continue reading

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The Centuries Unlimited Delta is done!

The Centuries Unlimited Un-hairy version (delta draft) finished at 92,000 words. Begun (revising) at 8:40am on Monday, June 8th 2020 in the Balkan Tower of Matriarchy. First line: “The utility fog hung thick over Black Chicago.” Finished at 10pm on … Continue reading

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July Newsletter: Aspirational Fiction

So there I was, doing jumping jacks, jumping – literally! – for joy in Pavlina’s grandparents’ garret in the Balkan Tower of Matriarchy. My toes sank into and lifted off from their plush,  gray carpet square. Pigeons cuddled on the … Continue reading

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June Newsletter: Waving Back

I’m waving through a window, oh Can anybody see, is anybody waving back at me? -Ben Platt, “Waving Through a Window” from “Dear Evan Hansen” So there I was, like, five minutes ago, curled up in the chair I’m still … Continue reading

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May Newsletter: Ice Cream and Hope

So there I was, feeling good. I was in the grocery store for maybe the third time since February, buying ice, salt, frozen strawberries, and the other ingredients of home-made ice cream. My headphones were in my ears, playing Terry … Continue reading

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Wealthgiver Beta is done!

My experimentation with Terry Pratchett’s “scaffolding story” writing process continues, now with ingredients from the Eleusinian Mysteries! Not many ingredients. Just a bit. Okay, so remember how I wrote the alpha draft of Wealthgiver by the seat of my pants? … Continue reading

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April Newsletter: Stripping the Gears

So there I was, locked in the attic, stripping my gears. I bounced in my chair, heart racing, breath baited, teeth clench, shoulders scrunched together, tingling fingers typing furiously away at nothing. And I mean nothing! I was moving words around … Continue reading

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The Wildness of Logic

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January Newsletter: Hating the Sun

(warning, there’s a curse word below) So there I was, glaring up at the gold and magenta sky, cursing the sun as it set. Fuck you, sun! Another day ends, and I’m still here! Blip! The lights in the park … Continue reading

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