On Authenticity and Taking Things Personally

If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumber'd here While these visions did appear. I've been having some rather candid conversations with fellow writers and non-writers in Towson and around town about the importance of authentic writing, both in polished pieces that we submit for publication … Continue reading On Authenticity and Taking Things Personally

The Story Had To Be Told: On Writing The Christmas Rose

Yesterday, I published my short story, The Christmas Rose. It's been less than 24 hours since I shared it with my readers, and I wanted to answer a few questions about why I wrote it. Q: The story is pretty long -- almost 8,000 words. Most people aren't reading pieces that take more than a … Continue reading The Story Had To Be Told: On Writing The Christmas Rose

Writers Must Find Balance Between Art And Audience

My friend Brad at Starboard Society sent me an early-morning email, asking my opinion about an article published today in the New York Times. The piece, "As New Services Track Habits, The E-Books Are Reading You," discusses the latest use of reader data from e-book sales. Publishers and authors are using the data to determine … Continue reading Writers Must Find Balance Between Art And Audience

The Artist’s Pose: Ready For The Risk

photo: Kimberly Hosey. copyright 2013. http://www.arizona-writer.com 11:53 p.m., October 31, 2013: I am sitting at my desk surrounded by the chosen books I have pulled from my shelves for this 30-day journey. I have filled my backpack with some Thoreau, Whitman, and Emerson; accompanying them are the contemporaries Goldberg, Lamott, and King. Throw in some … Continue reading The Artist’s Pose: Ready For The Risk