Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. – Mark Twain

A novella-in-flash consists of a number of standalone flash fiction (under 1,000 worlds) pieces that together tell a story; in my case, a coming-of-age story in the early 1970s.

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Flash Book Review

Reading Unlocking the Novella-In-Flash by Michael Loveday. Just what I need, it will rescue my novel.

Writing standalone fiction in under 1,000 words that, together with other standalone flash pieces, becomes a coherent novella is the most challenging and exciting creative project I’ve undertaken outside of software.

Ben Lerner

I read Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School on audible, and loved it but knew I had missed too much. So now I’m reading it in print (well, digital print). It is a beautiful book and his mastery of the craft of writing is stunning.

I liked it so much that I immediately read 10:04 This is a novel clearly written by a poet. It is short, lyrical, and elegiac.

You can find both in my tiny bookshop.

Book Review in a ‘graph. The Passenger

4 /5 Stars

Cormac McCarthy is one of our great writers, no doubt. The Road was a masterpiece. This one is very good, but not, in my eyes, amazing (which is what it takes for me to give 5 stars). He has an incredible ear for dialog, and I’m very much looking forward to the second book in this series.

Maybe I missed it, but he sets up a mystery (or a couple) and never resolves them. Again, might be in the second book.

Going to the Muse

The Muse and the Market Place is arguably the best conference for writers on the east coast. I’m blasted to say that I got a scholarship based on my writing and application.

If you are a writer, I highly recommend reading about this event. It will be hybrid this year, and I’ll be attending by Zoom.

See you there!

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