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Does Memory Really Work That Way?

This blog post originally ran on the Tahoma Literary Review web site. It’s a common technique among short story writers: develop background and depth by triggering a character’s memories. We’ve all seen it—an unusual or profound sensory moment brings on a flood of recollection, often from childhood; scenes from events, vivid colors and emotions that … Continue reading

The Online Advertising Invasion

There is a theory[1] that claims it is not humans who dominate the earth, but much lower forms of life: the bacteria that we carry within us. We are merely the vessel in which they travel. I am reminded of this whenever I visit the web site of a major content provider these days. The … Continue reading

LeBron James Goes Gonzaga Over Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 — or How the Internet Dumbs Down Creative Writing

The headline for this blog is an amalgam of trending internet search terms (at least they were trending on Sunday). It was prompted by an opinion piece in the New York Times’s Sunday Review, in which staff editor Margaret Sullivan wrote about how internet search results have changed the way journalists craft headlines for their … Continue reading

Curtain Calls on Hold While the Kirkus is in Town

Here comes the Kirkus; the Kirkus is in town! The release of the print version of my World War I era novel, Curtain Calls, has been rescheduled for April 9. That’s the day by which I should have received the book’s review from Kirkus Reviews. I don’t plan on doing a lot of advertising for … Continue reading

Real World News Derailing My Fiction

I should start writing fantasies. Two weeks ago I finished what I hope is the final draft of a story that takes place in an exclusive New York condo tower. I was inspired to write it by an ad that appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine for a building with units priced from … Continue reading

Tahoma Literary Review Now Open for Submissions

TLR is officially open for submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. To find out more about this new (paying) literary journal, please visit us at Tahoma Literary Review.

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