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Is that Place for Real?

January 28, 2016

Tags: writing, Guatemala, Atitlan, Peaks Island

When writing novels, I create characters who are fictional. It’s true that they might exhibit mannerisms that I’ve lifted from the cashier at Cumberland Farms, or a school mate from long ago. But they are imaginary people, just like Winne the Pooh or Jack Reacher.

Even imaginary characters must exist in a (more…)

One month writing in a castle

November 16, 2009

Tags: writing, fellowships, Rosslyn Chapel

Right after I decided to start a blog, I went to Scotland for a month-long writing fellowship at a castle and discovered that writing a blog was pretty hard when I had to walk for 45 minutes to get to the nearest internet. So I am back home now and promise to make up for (more…)