This morning at breakfast I learned something about my grandfather, who died when I was seven, that I never knew before. I’ve been thinking about him all day now in the light of this knowledge that I didn’t have before, how it recasts the image in my mind and heart of who he was, how … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Al Zolynas
Greetings, all New Englanders who live near Westport, Connecticut! This quote from E.L. Doctorow has mantra’d me through many a novel: “It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” Are any of you out there also long-form writers? Have you … Continue reading Come to my National Novel Writing Month kick-off talk tomorrow, Nov. 1!
A few years ago one of my favorite people and I were having dinner on the rooftop patio of a restaurant, wine for her, a gimlet for me, both of us chattering away. At one point our conversation touched on the topic of suicide, something we both had experience with, and I remember her saying … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Galway Kinnell
That 30-pound wonder to the left there, in that tiny photo, is, variously, Sweet Pete, Pete, Petey, Pedro, Peter, and Little Guy. He has been, variously, captivating, surprising, startling, annoying, tiring, and delighting us for 12 years now. He’s one of those dogs you sometimes wish weren’t as smart as he is. I remember, back … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Jack Gilbert
Dear readers, writers, fellow humans, I’ll be giving a talk –“The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer”– to kick off National Novel-Writing Month on Sunday, November 1, from 2-3 pm at the fabulous Westport Public Library. I’ve been working on this talk for a long time, maybe 25 years or so, which is coincidentally (or not!) … Continue reading Nanowrimo Kick-Off Talk!
Dear Chicago readers and friends, I’ll be reading from my new children’s novel, Firefly Hollow, at the wonderful Anderson’s Bookshop in La Grange, Illinois, this coming Monday, October 20, at 7 pm. If you’re in the area, please come by. I’d love to see you there. Continue reading Chicago dwellers! Reading from Firefly Hollow this Monday, October 20.
I found this note in my poetry hut the other day (the poetry public is more demanding than you’d think), went straight to my computer, dug out my favorite Poe poem, printed it out, and stuck it in the poetry hut with a note that read “For the Poe fan!” Next day, it was gone. … Continue reading Poem of the Week, by Edgar Allen Poe
Dear Northern Californians, if you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Petaluma this coming Sunday, October 11, please come to the fabulous Copperfield’s Books at 4 pm. I’m giving a reading from Firefly Hollow there and I’d love to meet you! Continue reading Firefly Hollow reading this Sunday, October 11