Posts Tagged fiction

Conversation with the 2015 Muse

2015: The long-awaited return of the Muse By Darlene Cah Me: Oh, it’s you. I almost didn’t recognize you. Muse: Don’t be snarky. I have other writer clients, you know, and I’ve nudged you a few times this year, and what did you do? Blew me off. Me: It was 3:34 in the morning! I […]

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Who Am I?

By Darlene Cah I am a young Latina woman who sees Jesus’ face on a window shade in her apartment in the projects. I am an elderly male, Afro-American, Jazz bassist, who connects with a white mission woman in the audience through music. I am a white, lower middle-class, Italian-American woman who elopes with a […]

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My #Pitchwars Experience: How Taking Part in This Cool Experience Enhanced My Completed Novel by Brad Windhauser

My #Pitchwars Experience: How Taking Part in This Cool Experience Enhanced My Completed Novel by Brad Windhauser Up until three years ago, I didn’t have a Twitter account. I’d heard plenty about how and why people used it, but, after exploring it, I didn’t grasp how to make connections with people nor why 140 characters […]

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There’s a Story Here Somewhere

By Darlene Cah My team at work is really into self-awareness and self-discovery. We watch webinars, discuss our work habits, and take in depth personality tests. I must admit I love this stuff! Our most recent team analysis session had us discovering our “social styles” at work. Between the test results and the opinions of […]

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My Writing Assistants Wear Fur

By Darlene Cah Eight years ago, I stopped into Food Lion to pick up some salad, veggies, and a bag of Sun Chips. I went home with two feisty kittens, still blue-eyed balls of fuzz I could fit in the palms of my hands. They had wandered over, across two parking lots from a feral […]

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Big Happenings in Spartanburg, SC: The 2015 Hub City Writing in Place Conference

By Darlene Cah I’ve been going to The Hub City Writing in Place workshop, held at Wofford College every July, for a good ten years. Honestly, I lost count after year five! But every year, I can guarantee, whether the instructor is well-known, like Wiley Cash, George Singleton or Tommy Hays, is a rising star, […]

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Summer Reads

by Darlene Cah The phrase “summer reads” conjures images of lazy days on the beach and breezy novels that make your heart race—Stephen King or Nora Roberts. I’ve indulged in, and enjoyed, both, not to mention my fair share of Danielle Steele and John Grisham. Yes, at one point in my life, Danielle Steel and […]

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Re-reading Your Influences: Beyond the Tip of Hemingway’s Iceberg by Brad Windhauser

Re-reading Your Influences: Beyond the Tip of Hemingway’s Iceberg by Brad Windhauser My senior year of undergrad, I took an upper-division grammar class, a course designed not to teach us grammar but rather to explore all the potential of the English language. Doing so would compel us to pay closer attention to our sentence structure […]

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Thank You, Charlie!

By Darlene Cah When I applied to the School of Visual Arts back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I remember filling out a lengthy form with dozens of questions about my life as an artist, my commitment to art, and so on. These were difficult answers to put into words simply because I’d never given […]

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True Dat!

By Darlene Cah Ever read—or write—a story that seems to be trying too hard? To go for a laugh, or to create high drama? To push a theme or a perspective on a particular topic? I know I’ve written more than a few stories that were painfully superficial. What they lacked was truth. Many of […]

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