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It happened up near Pasco, Washington. My aunt calls from Burns to tell me. “Jinella, I got some sad news. Kyrin laid himself down on the railroad tracks up near Pasco and got hit. Far as the cops could tell, he had his music plugged in his ears, you know how the kids do…and his… … more >>>
I FINISH MY READING at a Southwestern Writers’ Conference. I have spoken about crippling pain from a hiking fall and seeing a dust cloud from the Gobi Desert turn the sun moon-silver over the Black Rock, and how a volcanic out-cropping seen against sunset can become figures from a Javanese shadow play. A woman in… … more >>>
Breakthrough from the Past: First you listen. Then you write out the clues. “What kinds of things do you write?” asked Martha… ”I’m not exactly a writer,” Sam corrected her. “I’m a listener. I’m listening for clues about day-to-day life on the planet.” “But do you write things down?” asked Jessie. “Of course,” said… … more >>>
I recently invited you, my readers, to send in your takes on breaking through into your writing. James Carpenter responded. While Japan is known, in part, for its shrines and temples, these ancient places are emblematic of only one aspect of the culture; others can be gleaned from how the Japanese buy and sell land. If… … more >>>
These strange plague days, I sometimes feel as though I am choking on the ashes of the fires of the last two years. I’m not talking about trees burning, though at least 16,000 acres of forest have burned around and near Flagstaff. I’m talking about the deaths of friends – all younger than I am;… … more >>>
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