Cute Eats Cute: variation Ugly Eats Us

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    It's surprising how often themes from my novel CUTE EATS CUTE arise in the news. This current story is about an ecologist's efforts in Massachusetts to save an endangered species of northern venomous rattlesnake. Hardly "cute eats cute," right? Wrong. This issue isn't that people think a rattlesnake is charismatic fauna, but that it is endangered. Granted many humans have fear of snakes, especially poisonous ones and aren't too eager to sign on to giving them their...

Cute Eats Cute: in action!

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My novel CUTE EATS CUTE is about the realization (through the eyes of a 15 year old protagonist, Sam) that no matter what philosophy you advocate, Nature still runs a pretty tough game plan. So there I was at my favorite coffee shop in Stillwater, Minnesota, watching a cute family of baby Canada geese waddle through the parking lot. I watched them, wondering how they were going to cross the street and where they were going. out of nowhere a red tailed hawk appeared and swooped down and gr...

Cute Eats Cute: the deer problem only got worse!

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Back when I wrote my early drafts of CUTE EATS CUTE, my writing coach at the time said, “You better get this out fast. This issue is probably going away soon.” In the months and years that followed, I have only seen the issue of “too many deer” increase its profile in the media. In other words: it ain’t going away. But the real issue of my book is not just “the deer problem” but growing up in a world of highly opinionated (ahem, boomers) while trying to find your way. In the ...

Marketing as a Lifeboat

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Apologies to self. Self as blogger. Self as self-marketer. Cynicism and inertia got the best of me. You see (analogy alert) I've been shipwrecked.   The image of people in a shipwrecked boat just came to me, so I'm going to go with it because it came from deep in my unconscious.  I just realized writing this how shipwrecks and lifeboats are currently trending, that is conglomerating around the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. So apologies. This isn't that. Here's the image. M...

Collaborative Rewriting or Developmental Editing? notes on process

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I'm not a big one for "how to" articles mainly because I pretty much need to read them more than write them. However, I think it might be useful for some people to see how I am doing some collaborative editing. First of all, as most writers know, there are all kinds of editors with their Venn Diagrams overlapping in all kinds of ways. To save time I am borrowing some definitions I found from the site http://www.romancerefined.com. I hope she doesn't mind, I linked this to Rachel Daven Skin...

HOW TO BECOME AN ARTIST

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1. Divide your mind into three parts.   2. Part One is “the Child Mind”… curious, unembarrassable, stubborn… this part gets the ideas and wants to make things, indefatigable   3. Part Two is the “Pseudo Scientist”.. He’s not a real scientist but he likes to investigate things… bricoleur…alchemist…renaissance person… country gentleman/woman.. He’s the one who encourages Part One Child Mind to continue… like:  How would it look if you did it...

Flash fiction: Thing in the Driveway Episode One

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The Thing In The Driveway The idea of the Thing in the Driveway first came to Cole when he was taking out the trash on a moonless. He imagined his Thing wouldn’t be exactly in the driveway, but lurking in the forest to his right as he wheeled the forty gallon trash container to the gravel road. It was early fall and the deciduous trees that made up the bulk of the forest were denuded of leaves. All that remained were stumps and half-rotting trunks leaning against each other like drunks b...

Movies and Tv…for the YA reader

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    My son turned me onto the delightful Brit filmmaker Mike Leigh. Probably most famous for his recent MR TURNER, we also watched HAPPY-GO-LUCKY. The film has an interesting take on the Manic Pixie Dream Girl (MPDG) [from wiki] : a stock character type in films. Film critic Nathan Rabin, who coined the term after observing Kirsten Dunst's character in Elizabethtown(2005), describes the MPDG as "that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imag...

It Follows film and the horrors of Detroit

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It follows Detroit I had a great time with a buddy of mine who appreciates horror movies watching IT FOLLOWS. The charm of the movie is partly in its amateurish messiness, which if it had been a bigger budget movie would have been worked out. Given its low budget indie quality I felt forgiving like I would if I knew the filmmaker or he was a relative. It’s hard to put my finger on why I sensed it had been filmed in my native Detroit. I read later in a review something about “disti...

Surreal notes on AWP 2015 Minneapolis

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  Oh, there are a lot of people here. Some say 12,000. Some say 15,000. How many are published? How many are teachers? How many just love books? Wow there are so many people here. That's bad in a way, there are so many writers. Maybe there are more writers than readers? I heard someone say that. No, it's a good thing, it shows how much interest there is in writing! Tornadoes seem to be an image jumping forth from my psyche. Why a tornado on top of a  tornado? Maybe because it's so hard to wr...