By Carol D. Gray
It’s the first afternoon of the Novel Incubator Alumni Writing Retreat in Jackson, NH. From my room up in the eaves, I read over the last chapter of the latest draft of my novel, attach the whole thing to an email and push SEND. My draft flies off to two extremely generous writer friends willing to read it and offer feedback.
I breathe deeply and go for a walk filled with optimism. The woods around Jackson Village are the prettiest woods in the whole world. After years of writing, I am getting close to actually FINISHING A NOVEL! Read More →
“Gekkoninae Rhacodactylus ciliatus orange” by annakilljoy
By Lisa Birk
I have just spent two-and-a-half years revising my novel.* The odds on getting it published feel, well, long. My writer friends (published and in-the-queue) tell horrific tales of editors** who do not buy the manuscript, but offer advice, “What if you told the story through the pet lizard’s point-of-view?” (Tales told by pet dogs being now passé.)
The writer thinks, Well, I would like to be published, and a tale by a reptile, well that is new, that is different, that has potential. Read More →
As the holidays draw near, the days grow shorter, the nights colder, the calendars more full. Waistlines expand, and walls close in with people and conversations and music playlists that tax the ears.
Draw a bath, grab some champagne or cognac or cocoa, and restore thyself with these links for the solitary souls among us.
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By Alison Murphy
I was on the phone with my dad the other day, and just before we hung up I said, “Yalla, bye!”
This was strange for a number of reasons. First, “Yalla, bye” is a weird phrase. Yalla means “let’s go” in Arabic, yet the phrase “Yalla, bye” is used chiefly by Hebrew speakers as a casual way of saying goodbye, despite the fact that there is already a Hebrew word, lehitraot (literally “see you later”) that fulfills the same function. Read More →