Author Archives: lucy

what you do to a dog to punish them is not look

professionalization of writing as extension of the force of the marketplace and the embrace of it by writers. gets us conflating writers being good professionals vs making good writing. I don’t want to turn this into a facebook post and … Continue reading

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hole through text

there’s a hole through my book where osama bin laden it turns out dies on my sister’s birthday.

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recipe

Why am I compelled to write the following? Something like desire for simple satisfaction when working on a novel. How I love a jar of jam that is almost empty. There is not enough of it to get out with … Continue reading

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prison

well for years I’ve been corresponding with a former student who has been in prison for over a decade now. I asked him what he thought about trump and here’s a bit of what he wrote that I have been … Continue reading

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opposite again

you know how writers are always saying they fall so in love with their characters and then know that something bad has to happen to them or they have to do something bad for the good of the story, well … Continue reading

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again

line by line thru the book. from the top. I sometimes think I should start somewhere other than the top but then I can’t. This is manageable with short stories and chapters, but at this point when I am trying … Continue reading

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cartoon

moms watching their little kids play at putting puzzle together. One of them’s really good at it. “What do you think Jimmy’s going to be when he grows up?” (proudly) “He’s going to shop at Ikea!!”  

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evaluating

reading for a high end contest is a lot easier than reading for admissions or lower end contest. if something’s not really good you just ditch it. very good for my confidence. this must be why people resist nuance.

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internet

I was just thinking about how important it was to have teachers insist that I trust my reader and that I picture my reader as just as smart as me, and open, and listening, and how hard that was and … Continue reading

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gladman

reading Calamities, which feels like “finally.” a) reading it thru the day by reading one or 2 essays and then doing something finite in the house like clearing off the dresser top of my folded clothes, pretending that I am … Continue reading

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