“Show me a list of the masterpieces of world literature and I’ll show you a list of trouble … The secret, I believe, in writing well about trouble, is choosing carefully the kind of character who will be most troubled by his/her trouble.”
- Aaron Gwyn
Looking forward to giving a seminar to VetArts in Austin about submitting to literary journals. Dec. 19 at the Hillel Center.
I’m thrilled and honored to announce that The Pinch has nominated my essay, “Touch,” for a Pushcart Prize. Thank you, Memphis!
“I write a little every day, without hope and without despair.”
- Isak Dineson
I will be a panelist at the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference on Friday, Sept. 28 at U.T. PanAm in Edinburg, Texas. The panel is titled: “Teaching Creative Writing off Campus,” and addresses nontraditional teaching, such as writing coaching and manuscript evaluation.
Free Webinar: The Reluctant Reader’s Toolkit.
I’m giving a free webinar on Monday, August 20 at 7 p.m. CST on how to give public readings successfully. Learn how to prepare for your performance, score your script like an actor for flawless delivery, and manage your anxiety, all from the comfort of your home via my friends at WriteByNight.
Sign up here: http://www.writebynight.net/the-reluctant-readers-toolkit-registration/
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago; the second best time is now.”
- Chinese proverb
Maureen Seaberg interviewed me on her synesthesia blog at Psychology Today where I talk about my and my family’s experiences with synesthesia and its possible influence on both my coaching and my writing.
Editors Kristen Iversen and Tom Useted discussing my essay, “Touch,” which they published in their journal, The Pinch. Their panel is titled, “How to Get Your Nonfiction Pulled from the Slush Pile.”
“What little I’ve accomplished has been by the most laborious and uphill work, and I wish now I’d never relaxed or looked back—but said at the end of The Great Gatsby: I’ve found my line—from now on this comes first. This is my immediate duty—without this I am nothing.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald (in a letter written to his daughter)
These words were written to his daughter at a time when Fitzgerald was considered washed up. Desperately in debt, he was living in Hollywood, trying and failing to write screenplays he could sell, and trying and failing as well to complete his final novel—The Last Tycoon—before his heart gave out.
This passage haunts me as much as anything I’ve ever read. For years I’ve kept these words taped to my computer to help me remember what’s at stake.