Story Time Sunday, December 21st, 2014 — The Time of Our Lives

  Last night I arrived early at the annual Solstice party hosted by two of my favorite people, Marie and Joscelyne. Their younger son, Jasper, was serving as lookout at the front door and announcing when guests arrived and an adult would need to come open the door. I was standing by the bar (surprise), … Continue reading Story Time Sunday, December 21st, 2014 — The Time of Our Lives

Sunday Night Special pre-chanukah edition, December 14th, 2014

Friends -- this has been a difficult, discouraging autumn, here in the United States and elsewhere. In the middle of this moral and political melancholy comes Chanukah, the so-called festival of lights -- a celebration filled with fried food and nightly presents, behind which lurks the complex historical shadow of a rebellion against foreign occupiers. … Continue reading Sunday Night Special pre-chanukah edition, December 14th, 2014

Story Time Sunday, 11/30/14 — A true story

  My friend Harvey Last weekend, I went out to Riverside to do two book events. On the way, I went to a rehab hospital and visited my colleague Harvey. I know Harvey because he was a Linguistics professor in my department at the university where I used to work. Harvey turned 91 last October. … Continue reading Story Time Sunday, 11/30/14 — A true story

Inlandia Thanksgiving Ashberrian Haiku Invitational — a special Magically Real extravaganza

Dear Friends -- If you attended the wonderful Inlandia Book Fair held this past Saturday at the Barnes and Noble, Riverside, you will remember that I invited participants and guests to try their hands at the Ashberrian (or is it Ashberryian?) haiku: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables in each line of your poem. Make as … Continue reading Inlandia Thanksgiving Ashberrian Haiku Invitational — a special Magically Real extravaganza

da Literary Arts Collective Presents STORY Time Sunday NaNoWriMo prompts and tips

Hey there NaNoWriMo buddies! How full is your novel?   Do you have enough things?  Make an inventory of every item in your wallet/backpack/purse/briefcase. Write 3-5 sentences for each item: what it looks/smells/feels/tastes like, where you got it and from whom/how long it’s been in said location and anything else that leaps to mind Put … Continue reading da Literary Arts Collective Presents STORY Time Sunday NaNoWriMo prompts and tips

Story Time Sunday just barely on Monday, 11/17/14 — a NaNoWriMo tale of Jellyfish, robots, and our strange interests

Once upon a time there was a girl who loved jellyfish. She loved them because they reminded her of a visit to the aquarium with her mother. Her mother said the jellyfish looked like dresses. The little girl never forgot this. This is not my story. This scene is the beginning of Princess Jellyfish, a … Continue reading Story Time Sunday just barely on Monday, 11/17/14 — a NaNoWriMo tale of Jellyfish, robots, and our strange interests

Story Time Sunday 11/09/14 — let the other stories live too — a true tale and a request

Once upon a time there was a woman, who took the train to East Germany. She went there 3 times. The first time she was a college student and she barely spoke German and she had a bad experience at the border when she didn't understand that her passport number had been called. The second … Continue reading Story Time Sunday 11/09/14 — let the other stories live too — a true tale and a request

Story Time Sunday, 11/02/14 — a true fairy tale about novel-writing and NaNoWriMo

Once upon a time there was a woman who wrote a novel. It was weird and scary and she liked it and her family liked it and some friends liked it and her teacher liked it, but she couldn’t sell it because it was too violent and too sexual and then it had this big … Continue reading Story Time Sunday, 11/02/14 — a true fairy tale about novel-writing and NaNoWriMo

Story Time Sunday on Monday — 10/27/2014 — Dreaming of Basements

Once upon a time there was a girl who dreamed of bongos in basements. She’d seen a tv show about beatniks. They were strange people with sunglasses and berets and they beat on drums and they spoke weird sentences. The girls looked sharp in tight pants and long hair. They wore interesting jewelry. The girl … Continue reading Story Time Sunday on Monday — 10/27/2014 — Dreaming of Basements

Story Time Sunday on Monday, October 13th, 2014 — Tangle – a story for all ages

"I vowed I would never live in another city", he said. "I vowed I was done with their grids and their money. With Wall Street and Christopher Street. With a city built on greed and graft and the pretensions of lineage." "Well," she said.  "Then I know a city you can go to that is … Continue reading Story Time Sunday on Monday, October 13th, 2014 — Tangle – a story for all ages