Books and movies that breathe summer

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July is a perfect time to relax with a good book. I seldom re-read a book because it leaves less time to enjoy something new, so if I were to pick a few favorites, I’d have to pack my bag of re-runs carefully. First off the shelf would be one of my all-time favorites, The Big House: A Century in …

Reimagining my own history

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I discovered the term “re-imagined fiction” as a graduate student at Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine where I had the privilege to work with novelist Adam Braver, author of November 22, 1963 and Misfit, among others. Braver’s work extends beyond standard historical fiction. By re-imagining scenes and characters within an historical context, he creates an emotive underpinning to story using …

Contrivance vs. miracle

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The phone rings when you’re thinking of that very caller. A random airline passenger used to live in your neighborhood. A cloud formation gives an awesome signal to those attending a funeral. Coincidence, miracle or Godwink, they never cease to amaze. We’re eager to share such anecdotes. The world may be large, we say, but it’s also very small. Meet …

An idyllic weekend at Weymouth

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For North Carolina writers, Weymouth Center in Southern Pines is writer heaven. Nestled among long-leaf pines is the James Boyd house, a cultural center that’s home to a long-standing Writers-in-Residence program. Published authors who are residents of North Carolina may spend up to two weeks a year at the mansion to create new work or perfect old pieces. In mid-February …

Looking back on 2012 reads

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Every year I have a contest with myself. How many books will I read this year? In 2012 I read 61 books, the same number I read in 2011. According to Pew Research, I’m way ahead of average. Three-quarters of Americans finish just one book a year, an abysmal statistic for a literate society. Bookworms brought up the “average” to …

What I learned from NaNo Month

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On Nov. 30, I crossed the finish line of National Novel in a Month, “NaNo,” as writers call it. What began as a project of a few writers in San Francisco has become a world-wide challenge to complete a 50,000-word manuscript in thirty days. On Nov. 1 I began by logging in and writing maybe 1,500 words. Somehow I missed …