The Orange-Eating Lady

Posted on November 20th, 2012

My short story, “The Orange-Eating Lady” appeared in The Rattling Wall, Issue 2, Winter 2012 [link]. It begins thusly: It is said that everyone has a core belief, a philosophy of life by which all...

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First Words

Posted on November 20th, 2012

This is the first of a series of blogs on the crucial importance of first words in a fictional piece. Attend any writers’ conference and one or more of the agents on the faculty will expound at leng...

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Murder Most Soothing

Posted on November 20th, 2012

W.H. Auden’s confession to being a “guilty” addict in the famous Harper Magazine article of 1948 (“The guilty vicarage: Notes on the detective story, by an addict”) gave a certain cachet to ...

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