Violet

-Violet- There were various elements at play. The weather. Her work schedule. How she will feel about herself at that particular moment in time. She cannot simply commit to going. If she can say maybe, she’ll say that, but any more commitment needed and her response will be a resounding no, out of sheer necessity. … More Violet

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

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

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

A Tempestuous Read:Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

           If you’ve never heard of Margaret Atwood , welcome to the planet Earth. Please allow me to show you around. I jest, but the woman has nothing short of 40 major works under her belt, ranging from dystopian fiction, to children’s books, to literary criticism and other non-fiction books on writing … More A Tempestuous Read:Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Inside the Mind of a Genius: The Inkblots by Damion Searls

I find it of prime importance (especially for those of us who’ve been out of college for more than a few years and have no professors to assign us texts to read) to delve into thought-provoking non-fiction. For every two novels I read, I like to explore an interesting argument-based work, not to say that … More Inside the Mind of a Genius: The Inkblots by Damion Searls

Feminism and Madness in Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Tumultuous would be an understatement to describe the current political climate in the states, so I found it quite pleasant to immerse myself in a very British novel, albeit a murder mystery. As I’ve said before, I am no fan of the dime-store whodunits and refuse to read anything by James Patterson. Sorry, James. However,I … More Feminism and Madness in Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Want to Become A Creative Genius? Start and End Your Day with a 3-Minute Freewrite

I love to write. Fiction, op-ed pieces, you name it. But it’s definitely a labor of love for me. Getting a solid piece of writing completed can be agonizing for me, due largely in part to relentless self-editing. This is that annoying voice in your head that keeps telling you the words you are writing … More Want to Become A Creative Genius? Start and End Your Day with a 3-Minute Freewrite