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It is now five days, I see, since my last entry. I’d like to say that that’s because I’ve been hard at work on the new novel, but the truth is that I’ve been distracted by another assignment. The good news is that I may have an agent for Desert. I’ve been sending it out […]

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Many successful writers extol the benefits of writing something every day. Keeps you in form. Keeps the momentum going. Combats inertia. Well, I haven’t written a word since last Tuesday’s entry. Excuses? Of course I’ve got excuses. The school I was teaching my regular writing program at ended the year early, so Wednesday and Thursday […]

Finish reading

Here it is nigh on two weeks later and I am further than ever from completing my magnum opus on the art of fiction.  In Deutschstunde (The German Lesson) by Siegfried Lenz, a juvenile delinquent named Siggi Jepsen is assigned the essay topic ‘The Joys of Duty,’ and hands in an empty notebook at the […]

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