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Notebook

Like many writers I have a notebook that I carry around for recording observations, quotes, scenes, thoughts, snippets of dialog, attempts at poems, and some of the crazy ideas I get that might someday be the impetus for a writing … Continue reading

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Interview

When I was putting the finishing touches on my novel Terrastina and Mazolli I got a call from Nenad Dragicevic, the eminent European journalist and fabulist who I have admired for many years. He had somehow obtained a bootleg copy … Continue reading

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An Abecedary

Always affirm an adequate and acceptable airing before betraying benign colleagues. Collecting cotton cushions doesn’t deny deregulation. Excessive excuses eventually erode fundamentally flattering failings. Gather goslings. Go gain humid hues. Houses have heavy hours inside. Illicit incidents incorporate industrial jokes. … Continue reading

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Shedding

When I’m mowing the lawn I sometimes find a snakeskin nestled in the blades of grass in our front yard. The skin is usually about a foot long, translucent, and still bears the imprint of tail, scales, belly, jaws, nostrils, … Continue reading

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Sasquatch

Washington’s Skamania county, where I live, is mostly sparsely populated wilderness, home to Mount St. Helens, and also the world’s only Bigfoot refuge. Back in the sixties (long before I moved here) there were a lot of reports of possible … Continue reading

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Mary Oliver

If you want to see someone’s eyes glaze over, ask them if they’d like to hear some of your poems. It’s an instant excuse generator. Not that I blame anyone for staying away from poetry readings. I usually avoid them … Continue reading

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1K/day

Kim and I have a deal going right now. We have both agreed to write at least one thousand words a day. We’re both working on novels at the moment and this daily quota really helps make the job less … Continue reading

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The Perils of a Cardboard Existence

The guy who created me did no back story on me. Not his fault. The deadline was tight, and the project was work for hire: a quick movie novelization. He had every reason to devote less time and energy to … Continue reading

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Steamed Vegetables

Yeah, it sounds kind of boring, but this is a favorite dish in our house. Kim and I try to always have it around. Here’s how we do it: 1. Cut up 3 carrots, 2 broccoli heads, some cabbage, and … Continue reading

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Borges Was Right

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. —Jorge Luis Borges I work at a small town library in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a good job. I get to be around books, which I love, and … Continue reading

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Snow

On Saturday and Sunday we got over two feet of snow in our little town. Everything was covered in clean whiteness. Our car looked like a giant marshmallow. Most of the snow is still here, although some of it has … Continue reading

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I Used to Believe

When I was very young I thought the phone company could tell when you had too much going on in your house to answer the phone. That’s when they sent a busy signal to whoever was trying to call you. … Continue reading

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Terrastina and Mazolli

I have always been interested in odd literary forms. Show me a short story in the form of an index to a non-existent book, and I will be deliriously happy. Or an entire novel that does not use the letter … Continue reading

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Michael Swanwick's Bottled Stories

When he was a teenager Borges used to write stories and poems, print them up as chapbooks, then take them around his town and slip them into the pockets of coats he found hanging on coat racks at restaurants, barber … Continue reading

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Welcome

Hello to my faithful readers from “Conditional Reality,” “Marcel et Moi,” and “Terrastina and mazolli.” I have decided to consolidate all my blogging activities here. I’ll leave my other blogs up for historical and archival purposes, but I don’t expect … Continue reading

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