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Cindy Lieberman

Thanks for the shout out, Barbara. It was great to see you on Saturday!

Loren Stephens

I'm teaching "writing your life story" tomorrow at the Bowers Museum and of course recommending your latest book along with Natalie Goldberg's Old Friend from Far Away -- the two must haves for anyone wanting to write memoir. So, your class on the 24th sounds great. I'll check schedule and also look at the Writers Intensive in February. By the way, Cynthia, Yaz, Robert and I are still holding together as a writers group, thanks to you. Hugs, Loren


Cindy - Always my pleasure!

Loren - Thanks - and hope you can make the one day class. Love to that wonderful writers group!

Theresa C

I'm so envious! I wish there was a weekly gathering for writers in my area. I would love the opportunity to get immediate feedback and read what other people had to say. Perhaps I should start something...


Theresa - Yes, start your own group - just set boundaries that it's a POSITIVE group. Good luck!


Boooooooooooks. I think I need to get that self-editing book. Might come just in time. I'm only inspired to write when I'm rdiaeng. It's binge-y. One feeds the other. I need to figure that out. I need to write every day. I LONG to write every day. After working 7am to 7pm at the store today, I'm going to try for a paragraph. Some days lately, it's all I can conjur. Right now I'm rdiaeng short stories by Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Ann Beattie, Elizabeth Gilbert, Jennifer Egan and a new book of stories I just bought called, The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler. Munro and Carver are nice because they are quick reads. Morsels. Also, spending time every night with Conversations with Ernest Hemingway. I never really liked that thing Sam Shepard said. I think it sounds kinda arrogant. I admit I'm enamoured with descriptions of or pictures of writers' homes, especially when there are stacks and stacks of books laying about in every room. Just read an interview with said Ernest where the interviewer describes his house (books everywhere: floors, shelves, in every room. Remember all the books everywhere at Eudora's place!?) and HOW he writes: standing, he writes longhand with a pencil on sheets of white tracing paper fastened to a clipboard. When he fills (oops,present tense) a page he pulls off that sheet, turns it over and stacks it beneath his desk. I just can't get enough. Still, if I had a written page for every chapter I've ever read well. Maybe I'd be my own boss sipping coffee in the morning, gearing up for my day of work twenty feet away from my coffee press, at my white desk. I love your posts, Kel! Fun!

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