Hiatus gonna hiat

October 8, 2013

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. – For those of you checking in from time to time, it’s clear that there hasn’t been much new here for a while. Sorry for that. I started teaching this fall, and I haven’t figured out a schedule that works yet. It’s fairly unlikely that I’ll post until the semester ends, though there are […]

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New story “Volunteers” is out at Tampa Review Online

August 6, 2013

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. – My new short fiction story, Volunteers, just came out at Tampa Review Online. I hope you’ll check it out by clicking on this link. Thanks. Let me know what you think.

Posted in: Fiction, Writing

Wisdom, Vol. V: Ambrose Bierce, you deserve better than this

July 10, 2013

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NORFOLK, Va. — A few more, among friends. Read the master list by clicking this link. For those just finding this, these entries are from a writing exercise I’ve returned to a few times in recent years because it (a) is fun and (b) forces me to think about what words represent while manipulating the meaning […]

Posted in: Fiction, Poetry, Writing

2013 Fortune Writing Contest winners revealed; Alex, you are not among them

July 7, 2013

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UPDATED; Aug. 3 – Contest winners and many of the fine runners up are now on display at Fair Grounds in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, Va. Fair Grounds is on the second floor of 806 Baldwin Ave., at the corner of Colley and Baldwin avenues. So go up. Gaze upon the wisdom of your friends […]

Fortune Cookie Fortune Writing Contest prize books announced, entries due July 1

June 22, 2013

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. – There is a week and change left to send your entries in for the 2013 Fortune Cookie Fortune Writing Contest via email to jhdouc@verizon.net. You can also enter via paper ballots at the front counter at Fair Grounds News & Coffee at the corner of Baldwin and Colley avenues in Norfolk. This year’s prizes […]

Writing Craft, Vol. XVI: Author Sheri Reynolds on The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb (Part Two)

June 20, 2013

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NORFOLK, Va. – This is the second part of a Q&A with the author and educator Sheri Reynolds. Her latest book, The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb [Turner Publishing, 2012], hit the streets this past fall. We pick up with a discussion of the book’s structure – as Reynolds describes it, as a devotional […]

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Writing Craft, Vol. XVI: Author Sheri Reynolds on The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb (Part One)

June 16, 2013

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NORFOLK, Va. – The author and educator Sheri Reynolds sat down with me last month to discuss her most recent book The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb [Turner Publishing, 2012], a novel that changed over the course of a few drafts from a third-person narrative to a first-person story that takes the form of a devotional. The […]

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