Thoughts on Exposition in Creative Writing

“Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can’t say it clearly you don’t understand it yourself.” John Searle John stirred the pot of fragrant bubbling chili adding a dash more cocoa powder  and a pinch of his secret weapon. The secret weapon, that he brought home… Continue reading Thoughts on Exposition in Creative Writing

Special Delivery

Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.  Lord Byron It is 2012, spring/early summer and I’m writing a friend a letter about my life. “In the garden, irises, roses and columbine are blooming, the peonies seem to grow inches every day and they are full of buds but as of today… Continue reading Special Delivery

Trusted Links for Writers and Poets

16 Ways to Not Win a Poetry Contest: Guest Post by Miriam Sagan | WritersDigest.com Please welcome our guest blogger Miriam Sagan, who has read thousands and thousands of poems submitted to a variety of national and local poetry contests Fellowships for Writers and Poets – No Entry Fees! (… Creative writing fellowships are plentiful… Continue reading Trusted Links for Writers and Poets

7 Tips for Poetry Contest Success

Every creative writer will tell you…there is no money in poetry…but there is money, publication and the possibility to get your finest work seen by your poetic community. If you’re going to enter and ultimately win or place in a poetry contest you need to follow some simple rules.   Do your research, is it a legitimate press, a… Continue reading 7 Tips for Poetry Contest Success

Firecakes and monkey bread

There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk. And that is my answer, when people ask me: Why do you write about hunger, and not wars or love?” M.F.K. Fisher in ‘The Gastronomical Me’ I opened my first restaurant when I was eight in my parents kitchen.… Continue reading Firecakes and monkey bread

The Worth of Water

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.  Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732 In 2010, bloggers around the world united to write about the same global issue, Water (see below Blog Action Day post originally published 10/15/2010). John Hawthorne’s 2016 article 4 Stark Realities of the Global Water Crisis reminds all of us that this issue is not… Continue reading The Worth of Water