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Sandra Block – Review

Sandra Block – Review

Sandra Block Review—The Girl Without a Name (Questions from Robert J. Ray, The Weekend Novelist Series) At the climax to The Girl Without a Name, the bad guy confesses. To find out what happens next—what Fate does to the bad guy—you need to read the book. It’s a good...
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...
Excerpt From an Unfinished Novel

Excerpt From an Unfinished Novel

California Tennis Club—by Robert J. Ray The barista comes in sweaty from tennis. There is sweat under her armpits, sweat between her breasts, sweat pooling in the curve of her back. She strips off the blouse, drops it on the floor. The jogbra is halfway off when she...
Get a Backbone!

Get a Backbone!

Spinework The Key to Subtext Jack Remick and I first heard the word “spine” when we worked with Stewart Stern in the screenwriting program at the University of Washington. The spine was defined as backbone or armature. It was often invisible, a structural gizmo felt...

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