Tag Archives: Ray Bradbury

The beauty of the snail | Field notes from the Pacific coast

This is a series of posts I started in late May and plan to continue for 40 days, with a goal of hitting 50,000 words by July 5. It’s inspired by a three-day solo trek on the Washington coast, with … Continue reading

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Lay vs. Lie

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON 20 JANUARY 2009 Dawn and I sat in the car in the Macy’s parking garage discussing what we’d do if I lost my job, decided we’d move to Germany, liked the idea so much we agreed we’d go … Continue reading

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The art of disassembly

I dreamed my way through those days, propped myself up like a scarecrow,  couldn’t fool the crows. If you want to know how something works you have to take it apart first, which applies to people, too. That’s what therapists … Continue reading

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Feeling real, really feeling

Life happens with or without you. When I struggle to write because the ideas don’t come, it’s how I’m seeing life that needs to change. In 1985, I got a job at the Allentown Fair. I worked inside a large … Continue reading

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If the world could be a sweater and I could try it on before buying it

Titles are important. Like the name you choose for your child, it should match the expectation you have for what’s inside. You have the responsibility to grant the name, but it’s not yours: it’s the story’s, the child’s. You’re just … Continue reading

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Rolfing the Theme

It’s hard to know the theme before you start writing. For me, theme emerges over time. It’s as though you know the theme sub-consciously, but need to go through an exercise requiring time and effort before it’s fully realized. I … Continue reading

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