Autumn Inspirations or “It’s a little chilly in the produce aisle”: September 2013 Open Mic

How Can I Help You?Sales associate: “Did you find everything okay?”

Vince: “I found everything okay, but it was a little chilly in the produce section.”

Associate: “Do you want the receipt in the bag?”

Vince: “I would like two receipts—one in the bag and one for my pocket.”

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The Uncanny, Hope, and the Short Story

Dear Writers,
If you’re working on a story collection, here’s some wonderful inspiration from Jilanne Hoffmann of The Writer’s Shadow.

Jilanne Hoffmann

As part of San Francisco’s LitQuake Literary Festival, I attended a Word for Word staged reading of Dan Chaon‘s short story, “Stay Awake,” last night at Z-Space. It was memorable for two reasons:

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Hug Notes for Writers

Dear Writers:

A poet friend just e-mailed me with news about his son, who is a television writer. Another friend is a professional vocalist and music teacher and her daughter inherited mama’s vocal ability. My gymnastics coach’s kid grew up competing in the sport.

I think it’s great when a kid who shows a talent or proclivity and can benefit by their parents’ knowledge and experience in that milieu.

Maxeen age 25

Isn’t everyone’s mom the most beautiful woman in the world? Born in 1920, my mom was about 25 in this pic. She was the first fan of my writing.

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