The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data

Photo Credit: Canadian singer Leonard Cohen in Trouville-sur-Mer (Normandy, France), taken 26 January 1988 by Roland Godefroy: Teddyyy/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0 “If words are the arrow, we ourselves — our interior landscapes, our outward actions, the authenticity of our lives — are the bow.” (Popova, par. 1) As many of my blog readers know, I … Continue reading The Emotional Badlands of Language, or, Language is Not Just Data

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Creative Limitations

Photo Credit: Book, phone, and computer in chains, created and uploaded on 24 January 2015 by stevepb: stevepb/Pixabay/CC0 1.0 “I had to let go … then come back to the [book] understanding the new limitations as creative challenges.” (Tea, par. 4) I came across an interview with West Coast writer Michelle Tea quite some time … Continue reading Creative Limitations

Unhappy Accidents: Why Writers Hate Their Own Work

Photo Credit: Book trash, taken 7 October 2017 by Paul Sableman: Meisam/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0 “[S]ome authors grow to dislike, disown, resent, or regret their books after publication—whether because of an unexpected critical or popular response, changes in their own views, or simple aging.” (Temple, par. 1) The idea that an author might hate a book … Continue reading Unhappy Accidents: Why Writers Hate Their Own Work

Wild and Knotty Worlds: The Psychological Crucible

Photo Credit: a crucible used in the Czochralski method (a method of extracting crystals), taken by Twisp on August 25, 2005: Twisp/Wikimedia Commons/PD self "[T]he writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master—something that, at times, strangely wills and works for itself." (Bronte, “Editor’s Preface”, location 561) One … Continue reading Wild and Knotty Worlds: The Psychological Crucible

Transposing Fiction

       Photo Credit: Young Girl Writing a Love Letter, Pietro Antonio Rotari, 1755, oil on canvas, Norton Simon Museum: Wmpearl/ Wikimedia Commons/CC PD Mark 1.0 Photo Credit: The Man Writing a Letter, Casper Netscher, 1665, oil on canvas, Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany: Mattes/Wikimedia Commons/PD Art (PD Old 100)   “Write immediately, yes! But … Continue reading Transposing Fiction