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Sandra Block Interview

Sandra Block Interview

Questions from Robert J. Ray (The Weekend Novelist)   Where did your sleuth (Dr. Zoe Goldman) come from? How long did she take to create? Days? Months? Years? Why did you make her conspicuously tall? (PS: Zoe’s got a crazy wit—very captivating, and helpful with...
Dr. R.A. Duncan -Pioneer Doctor- Amarillo, Texas

Dr. R.A. Duncan -Pioneer Doctor- Amarillo, Texas

Breakfast on Tyler Street, Amarillo, 1942 The old man shaves in the mirror. He wears BVDs—long johns with short sleeves—and his trousers. The suspenders hang from his waist. The old man pauses to stroke the razor on a leather strop. Half his face is shaved. The other...
Prologue: Early Warning

Prologue: Early Warning

The platter is old, yellow, chipped by the teeth of time. It slides across the table in my direction. Steam rises from the platter. The steam comes from boiled beef, boiled carrots, boiled potatoes, and green cabbage boiled to pale oblivion. I fork food from the...
Testing the Form: Paris

Testing the Form: Paris

Note: One day we were writing with Stewart and Jack came up with a structure for the Memoir Moment, developed for the memoir book that arose while we taught the Memoir course at UW-Extension. Jack knows music, theme and variation, we named it the Bee-Bop structure. It...
Ball Machine

Ball Machine

Louisa’s October 30-2015 In late October, I started writing about tennis at age 80. Not much editing, just getting the feel for the lines, the words that line up with the actions on court. Let me know what you think. BALL MACHINE Visualize the court. The aerial view....

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