Exploring the Most Important Job in Washington: The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple

I have to fess up to being a neophyte when it comes to politics and political history. I’d be pretty hard pressed to tell you much about the goings on in Washington any farther back than ten years, given that I was barely out of school then and had little interest or predilection for the … More Exploring the Most Important Job in Washington: The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple

A Worthy Prequel to The Scarlet Letter: Cherie Aldridge’s Hester

  Class after class, year after year, she introduced reluctant high school juniors to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterwork, The Scarlet Letter. Yet the novel never got old to her- something new always managing to kindle an imaginative spark within her. She had voiced her desire to write this book for as long as I can remember. … More A Worthy Prequel to The Scarlet Letter: Cherie Aldridge’s Hester

A Beautiful Study in Narrative Voice: Shani Mootoo’s Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

  Have you ever read something so poignant that it almost makes you angry? Angry that you can’t set words dancing melodically to a beautiful and evolving narrative the way this writer so effortlessly can? Surely, I’m not alone on this one . . . ? From the first paragraph of the first page of Shani Mootoo’s … More A Beautiful Study in Narrative Voice: Shani Mootoo’s Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

Chapter 1- An Excerpt of the Novel I Will One Day Finish

Chapter 1 She did not awake at 5:30 a.m with the intent to completely abandon all elements of the life she had lived, relatively well, all considered, for the past twenty-eight years, but that is precisely what she did. She simply left it all behind. Denver had gotten up that morning and readied herself for … More Chapter 1- An Excerpt of the Novel I Will One Day Finish

Dark Satire: Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson

What changes will the year 2022 bring? A mere five years in the future, but still, one can look forward to at least a modicum of progress, right? An inching toward that ever-present goal of harmony and justice? Unfortunately not so in the fictional world David Samuel Levinson presents us with in his new, acerbic … More Dark Satire: Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson

Chapter 7

      Chapter 7        The house was ringed with the most exquisitely beautiful flowers Denver had ever seen –orchids of a wild and unfamiliar variety. She wasn’t altogether unfamiliar with the flower. She had regrettably killed a couple over the years and so now resigned herself to admiring most plant (and … More Chapter 7

An Outsider’s Perspective: Mexico by Josh Barkan

As I have likely mentioned before, I’m a sucker for a short story collection–something about unraveling the thread that links the seemingly disparate characters and tales– so I all but jumped at the chance to review Josh Barkan’s Mexico: Stories. In it, Barkan, a celebrated writer and Creative Writing professor who lives part-time in Mexico … More An Outsider’s Perspective: Mexico by Josh Barkan

An Excerpt

  As discussed in my previous post, I have been writing–randomly and erratically–but writing all the same! Current word count for actual first draft of novel: 23, 199. We live baby, yeah! Now that I have my plot outlined, I’m currently working on developing the back-story of my protagonist. Here is an excerpt (that admittedly … More An Excerpt

A Novel Approach: Writing Literary Fiction in Reverse

One day in the not-too-distant past, I sat down and made myself start writing a novel. There was an internal storm that had been gathering within for some time that I was too lazy and defeatist to do anything about–ideas, diatribes, inspirations, musings left to swirl around in under-utilized recesses. But for no specific reason, … More A Novel Approach: Writing Literary Fiction in Reverse