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My Creative Process: Characters

Who wouldn’t like to create a memorable character? Several come to mind: Scarlett O’Hara, Hannibal Lecter, Nero Wolfe, Jo March, Hercule Poirot, Rebecca. Some of these literary characters were interpreted in films and TV. But think of Rebecca! Though Daphne … Continue reading

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My Creative Process: The Creative Mood

Is anything original? From Ecclesiastes 1:9: The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Perhaps the writer … Continue reading

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The Lash, the Chain, and the Baying of Hounds

The black man occupied the position of mere domestic animal, without will or right of his own. The lash lurked always in the background. Its open crackle could often be heard where field hands were quartered. Into the gentlest houses … Continue reading

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The Curse of Slavery

Yesterday morning, men installed a gas log in my fireplace. I lit it and sat for a while with my rescue dogs, Schatzi and BoPeep, watching the leaping flames. The fire lent warmth, both physically and aesthetically, to the room. … Continue reading

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LIVING STRONG

At Lit by the Bridge Thursday night, I got up to read a poem, looked out at the audience, and saw two little girls. My poem was too strident for their ears, and I hadn’t brought another one, so I … Continue reading

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