Posts Tagged fiction

8 Simple Salami Tactics to Exercise the Routine that Makes the Muse Chase YOU After a Long Layoff

by Ron Hayes (note: YIKES! Forgive that crazy title this month, will you?) As a high school history teacher, I’m continually surprised at how frequently the seasonality of my work sneaks up on me. I mean, by its very nature, my regular job is seasonal work: three seasons on, one off. With the dawning of […]

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The Birth of a Novel; or, How I Got the Idea for The Intersection by Brad Windhauser

The Birth of a Novel; or, How I Got the Idea for The Intersection by Brad Windhauser I grew up in LA’s San Fernando Valley and then moved to San Diego for college. Graduate school drew me east, and in 2000 I moved to Philadelphia. Immediately, I loved the more urban environment than any other […]

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All Talk, All Action

By Darlene Cah I write fiction, specifically short stories and flash. But before I entered the world of narrative, I wrote and performed sketch comedy, humorous essays and, as a copywriter in traditional advertising, radio and TV commercials. I didn’t even consider trying my hand at fiction. Frankly, it scared me. Still does, sometimes. Then […]

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Work All Your Mental Muscle Groups- The Benefits of Writing in Different Genres by Brad Windhauser

Work All Your Mental Muscle Groups- The Benefits of Writing in Different Genres by Brad Windhauser In high school, I ran track. I wasn’t competitive (wasn’t my goal), but I enjoyed being in shape, liked my teammates, and enjoyed pushing myself during practice. One of the great things I learned while being a part of […]

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My Big Ol’ Mountain of Books

By Darlene Cah Like all of the writers I know, I have a serious addiction to books, getting lost in the lives of characters that come to life on the page, immersing myself in their problems, their relationships, their exploits, their worlds. I’ll order two or three books, then I’ll get one of the many […]

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What I’ve Been Reading This Year, with a Special Nod to Laskowski’s Bystanders by Brad Windhauser

What I’ve Been Reading This Year, with a Special Nod to Laskowski’s Bystanders by Brad Windhauser         I’m halfway to my read-50-books-this-year goal, and although I have enjoyed many of the 25 books I have read thus far, I don’t have a favorite. I liked Yanagihara’s A Little Life, although I felt […]

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Switch Off Work Brain. Switch On Writer Brain

By Darlene Cah Most writers, even those with published books, have some kind of “day job,” whether they’re teachers, administrative assistants, attorneys, mail carriers or working in any number or other jobs. For some, writing time is a welcome respite from the stress of life in a cube. For me, it’s a difficult transition. My […]

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Writer as Actor

By Darlene Cah One of the most important lessons I learned as an improv actor was to always enter a scene with an emotion. As improvisers we had no idea what the scene was about, or where it would go, who our characters were, and what they’re relationships were to each other. We figured it […]

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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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