Category Archives: Literary Hodgepodge

October Hodgepodge 2013

Here are a few thoughts (about creativity and the writing process) to savor: ”Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.” – Madeleine L’Engle “You climb a long ladder until you can see over the roof, or over the clouds.  You are writing a book. You watch your shod feet step on each round […]

October Hodgepodge for Writers

“I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.” – Brenda Ueland, American writer (1891–1985) “I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” – Ray Bradbury, American […]

Memoirs – Fact, Fiction, or “Truthiness”?

Some might disparage the memoir as unverifiable history – perhaps inflated or poorly remembered facts from the past. Memory may indeed be seen by historians or journalists as somewhat inferior, flawed, imperfect history. But as a folklorist and a book editor (currently editing several memoirs), I want to encourage you to consider what memoirs do […]

Kindle, Schmindle – Hey, I Love Real Books

No, I don’t hate the idea of a Kindle, or a Nook, or a Sony Reader, or any other e-book readers out there. And I’m not a card-carrying Luddite. (That’s a trick question: Luddites wouldn’t carry a printed card, would they?) In fact, I’ll probably publish a title or two in 2010 in e-book editions […]

December Hodgepodge (On Creativity)

“When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures.  So I did ten times more work.” – George Bernard Shaw “The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.” —James Yorke, mathematician “The best sentence? The shortest.” – Anatole France, French poet and novelist, winner […]

In the Treehouse of Imagination

When I was a kid, maybe 3rd grade, we lived for a brief while on the outskirts of Evansville, Indiana. I remember two scary things about that home. One was a deserted house I had to walk past to get to the corner where the school bus stopped. It was the kind of empty place […]

Fantasy Literature and the Writer’s Itch

“I write to relive the itch in my head.” So said American fantasy author N.D. Wilson, author of Dandelion Fire and 100 Cupboards, a wonderful emerging trilogy (set in Kansas) for young readers (and up!) who enjoy Harry Potter and the great works of C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. I have to admit, that “itch in […]

July Hodgepodge – Creative Names and Cars

I’ve been driving cars around the block. Lots of them. I’m car shopping, looking to replace a venerable Suburu wagon that almost made it to 200,000 miles, but sadly stopped short of that celestial goal in a cloud of smoke a couple of weeks ago. Accordingly (hey, that’s a Honda pun!) I’ve been studying the […]