May 30, 2018

A figurative swarm. And only regarding the chirps... 

With each successive query, I believe my query letter becomes more and more irresistible. Until finally this last query I was convinced my selected agent would read it and immediately praise the gods of story-making...

May 23, 2018

TOMATOLAND / Barry Estabrook

Synopsis – Published in 2011, gardener and food writer Barry Estabrook presents a heartbreaking expose of the tomato niche of modern American industrial agriculture. From the the poisoning of the land and its harvest to modern day migrant sl...

May 15, 2018

For Whom the Bell Tolls / Ernest Hemingway

Synopsis – A weary band of Spanish Civil War guerillas camp in a cave in the mountains and plan to blow up a bridge. The expected flashbacks, squabbles, betrayals, reconciliations, and hooking-up ensue. Until the day they actua...

May 9, 2018

Confession. I haven't read For Whom the Bell Tolls. It wasn't assigned to me in high school or in college, and I never had a real interest in cracking the cover. Not my genre. But when I saw it was left behind in the shed by the previous owners of my trailer, I moved i...

May 2, 2018

As a pre-literate child, I imagined that writing as a form of communication was a ruse, and that adults just pretended written words were meaningful. Mercifully and quickly I grew out of that foolish notion and became a voracious reader.

When I learned some children don...

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