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A Journal, some Coffee and an Idea

All you need is paper and pen. Capture those thoughts. Create! It's energizing, cathartic, fun! Wherever you are, whatever your situation, you have a way to express yourself that you can enjoy and share with others. It lasts as long as you want. It's as private as you wish. You can create your world as you like it. What more could you ask for?

There are formulas for fiction, schematics for documentaries, rules of the road. There are also no rules you have to follow, if that's what you want. e.e. cummings hated capitalization. Hemingway wrote short, terse sentences. Bukowski splattered his pages with profanity.

This group is for people who love writing. It's a place to share tips, ideas and ask questions. Feel free to bounce your snippets off your friends here. Invite people you think would enjoy discussing the art and magic of writing. You only have the moment, that's guaranteed. Nothing else is for sure...

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Atmospheric Disturbances

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Michael Levin Jan 21, 2009. 2 Replies

Atmospheric Disturbances, by Rivka Galchen explores the consensus view of…Continue

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Get the Word Out - Places to Write

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Michael Levin Oct 12, 2008. 2 Replies

The Sun* has a section called "Readers Write", which invites readers to "address subjects on which they're the only authorities." The Sun publishes essays, interviews, fiction, and poetry."The Sun is an…Continue

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Write on...

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Michael Levin Jun 26, 2008. 2 Replies

I write because writing slows down the pig pen of my mind. Remember that image? That whirlwind of dust? Do you ever feel like it's all just a big mess and the only way to calm it down is to capture it in words?Continue

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The Vivid Man, by Bert Woodall

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Sh'mal Ellenberg Jul 30, 2009. 1 Reply

When George Tilley first moved to the small town in the low mountains he sometimes felt out of place, conspicuous even. But he was never anywhere near as conspicuous as the old guy George was watching cross the street.This man would have been…Continue

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The Weekend I Quit Hitchhiking, by Bert Woodall

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Sh'mal Ellenberg Jul 3, 2009. 1 Reply

The taillights of the black Cadillac disappeared and the sudden quiet gave way to an ambient, deafening screeeee. Treefrogs or cicadas in the dark trees resumed a clattering conversation interrupted when the now vanished car pulled off onto the…Continue

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McSweeney's is a website about writing

Started by Michael Levin. Last reply by Ellen Bush Dec 16, 2008. 1 Reply

I just discovered a website called MSweeney's. It's about writing. I'll paste in two excerpts I read there that are very powerful.A N E W E X C E R P T F R O M M c S W E E N E Y 'S 2 9The convicts came from the…Continue

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Writer, Publish Thyself!

Started by Michael Levin Nov 13, 2012. 0 Replies

(Photo from Powell's)Self publishing is coming of age! First, we had parchment and pen. Then, the printing press came along. Ever hear of Zines? They're basically books self published using easy means…Continue

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Comment by Michael Levin on April 20, 2009 at 9:59pm

Comment by Lois Hudson on February 21, 2009 at 12:14pm
Figurine

They whirled below me, happy, heartless, free,
While I was left alone, all to myself,
They danced, they sang, they even called to me;
I did not hear them, standing on my sheslf
Of sorrow, hanging high upon a wall
Of solemn, rigid wood; I watched that crowd
Below me, gliding through their spacious hall,
I would not join them, I was much too proud.
But suddenly the nailed shelf gave way,
I left it and went reeling through the air,
I fell amidst the others, shattered clay,
I looked about, then soon became aware
That once I was too high upn a wall
To feel the joy of others in the hall.

Lois Hudson
Comment by paul bridgman on February 20, 2009 at 7:40pm
a little diddy i wrote a long time ago
still waiting on that wish

I look into the well
I've tossed my coin
I watch the ripples swell
With my wish they are gone
Comment by Lois Hudson on February 6, 2009 at 1:52pm
Michael,
I just read your article on Being Slow. Being Slow can be so worthwhile when roasting the wonderful coffee you describe. I want some now...
Comment by Ellen Bush on January 30, 2009 at 11:04pm
Lois, I enjoyed your poem! Keep up the good work!
Comment by Lois Hudson on August 31, 2008 at 7:42pm
Marley and Me by John Grogan Funny and touching. Love of life.
Comment by Zach Lutz on August 8, 2008 at 2:11am
Will post soon, but I just had to say...love the HST pic. Never change it. :)
 

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