Monday, May 23, 2011

Meadowland Review - Spring Issue Now Live

The spring issue of The Meadowland Review is now live. Check it out for a great selection of fiction, poetry and original art and photography.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

For Writers, An Impossible Choice

Last weekend, at an author event/panel I had the pleasure of going to, someone in the audience asked a question that got me thinking and that I’ve since discussed with other writers, so I figured I’d throw it out here and see what my blogger friends have to say. And, for the record, most of the authors on the panel seemed to feel the impossibility of the choice as much us in the audience. Anyway, here goes:

If you could either never write or never read again, which would you choose?

Wow. I know, right? Nearly impossible.

I just can’t pick. I keep going back and forth.

The year after my first son was born I did very little reading and didn’t write at all. Once I got used to balancing things a bit more, I started doing both again. It was then that I realized when I’m writing/creating, is when I most feel like me. It’s my escape and my true love and where my heart and soul are. It’s everything I am, I think. And well, it fulfills me in a way that hardly anything else does. I don’t think I could stop writing.

But reading – wow. There is nothing like reading either. And well, as great as writing is, it is work and reading is nothing but pleasure and enjoyment and well, if I could never, ever get lost in a book again – where would I be? No. There’s no way I could give up reading. Ever.

So, basically, I have no idea. As one of the authors on the panel said, can I choose death?

It’s nearly impossible, at least for me.

So what would you choose?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What Are You Afraid Of?

Everyone is scared of something. Whether it's your typical claustrophobia/death/heights,etc. or something more specific or uncommon, we all have something that churns our fears. Maybe something that gives us nightmares.

Call this post part curiosity and part research. As a writer who likes to write the scary, creepy stuff, I love to tap into what makes people squirm - and scream. Stephen King's IT would never have been so popular if so many people didn't find clowns terrifying. In my current WIP I have a scene with a picture that moves and more than one beta commented that this is something that has always really creeped them out. Which got me thinking about what other little nuances make people scared.

So you tell me - what are you afraid of?