Category Archives: Thoughts on writing

When Is Determination Insanity?

A popular saying is that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Then what would you make of Jack London who suffered 600 rejections before getting his first story accepted? Van Gogh created … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Madman

If prose is the meal, poetry is the dessert. Nietzche’s writing might not be true poetry but it is poetical. I read and I am in awe. Parable of the Madman THE MADMAN—-Have you not heard of that madman who … Continue reading

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Applying to More Literary Reviews

The creative nonfiction essay I’ve been submitting to various outlets (internal link) has again been rejected. That makes six rejections so far. Today I submitted it to six more Reviews, three of them open call, two of them contests, one of them … Continue reading

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Blocking Out an Article

I’m writing an article on a complex subject. The Newlands and Washoe Projects. (internal link) My account doesn’t move in a straight line, like one done in a chronological order. Instead, to make the story readable, I am having to move in … Continue reading

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Background On My Fifth Rock&Gem Article

My article on Quartzsite, Arizona is in the April issue of Rock&Gem Magazine. (external link) You can find it soon at most Barnes&Noble bookstores or you can order a copy online. You might think I’m some sort of geologist or … Continue reading

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What Not to Write About

March 13th Update: I’ve decided on a word limit, probably 2,000 words, but I am also going to do a one page timeline. I’ve always liked timelines because they give you at a glance all the important parts of a story. … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With the Literary Review World

I enjoy getting e-mail newsletters from Submishmash Weekly. They’re produced at Submittable.com. These e-mail newsletters describe calls for entries, recommended reading and opportunities in the eclectic literary review community. Topics in the most recent newsletter include deflating the cult of Shakespearean … Continue reading

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