Fiction Friday Photo by Mourad Saadi on Unsplash For five straight minutes, Maia held a breast that wasn’t there. She cupped her hand where her left breast should be and stared at herself in the full-length mirror. As she cradled it, she reached into that space and touched the skin with her right hand. Her fingertips brushed the withered stump of her breast and worked their way in small circles to where her nipple used to be. The scar was dappled and hard, like old leather, but around it her skin was translucent and felt like it would puncture if pressed too hard. She switched over to her right breast and explored […]
I love Anne Lamott. Bird By Bird is one of my favourite books on writing. She even inspired me to write a letter to God once — which was no mean feat for an atheist with writer’s block. My favourite quote by her is this one: “I thought the secret of life was obvious: be here now, love as if your whole life depended on it, find your life’s work, and try to get hold of a giant panda.”
You are infinitely wise. That’s a great idea! Thank you for the feedback. I’m aware that I say things like this a lot — and that I could be replaced by a shell script at this point — but I do mean it. I’m delighted that you read my work. And glad when someone cares enough to give me suggestions on how to make it better. Especially when they’re right. Usually pieces turn out the way they turn out just because they get abandoned. Published. I meant to say they get published. Yes.
Good, Evil, fifteen rounds, a draw. Actually I think Norman Mailer’s six-word short story went: “Satan — Jehovah — fifteen rounds. A draw.” But you get the idea. You have to pick your battles carefully. Sometimes no matter how hard you fight, or how long, you’re going to end up at a dead loss. You’re infinitely wise to turn the other cheek, let things slide, or just relax and let things go. Choosing which hill you’re prepared to die on, and disregarding the rest, is a healthy way to live. I get a lot of ‘feedback’ on my writing. Mostly when someone takes serious offence and issue with something that I clearly said as […]
Even Goodreads Authors think Goodreads is broken. I’m a Goodreads Author and I’ve been on Goodreads since 2010. They recently sent me some rather condescending emails telling me to refrain from engaging in self-promotion on Goodreads because it’s considered to be spam. Surely the very presence of an author on Goodreads counts as self-promotion? My friend link to the piece I wrote about it is here if anyone’s interested.
Will Medium ever embrace Anonymous? The journalist in me always thinks that anonymity can be a positive thing for sources but that journalists should be named and held to account. But it has also turned places like Twitter into a trash fire. I can see the need for pseudonyms if you don’t want to write about certain subjects under your own name. But anonymity can also facilitate hate speech and other bad behaviour. Medium would have to enforce even stricter policies on the type of content that’s permissible on the platform. They’d also have to up their security and encryption to protect people’s identities. I can’t see them going for […]
I do have a few unusual writing habits — I’m a dinosaur now. I write everything by hand and type it up on an old manual typewriter, an… Continue reading on graffitiliving »