Two Pages (11/09/16)

So, the pen sketch yesterday was useful, and it reads well so I may keep it but I've moved things on in order to get to the next set of beats/scenes in order to start bringing together the A and B plots. When I use these terms, it's borrowed wholly from Story and The Story … Continue reading Two Pages (11/09/16)


2016 in library loans

These are copied and pasted from my library account, and reflect the pleasurable reading as well as research, not merely for the writing but also because I tend to take an interest in a subject and want to simply educate myself on it. It's book nerd stuff, and it's a sample of my reading habits. … Continue reading 2016 in library loans

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Synopsis: I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974." So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and her truly unique family secret, born on the slopes … Continue reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essenbaum

Synopsis: Anna Benz, an American in her late-thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno - a banker - and their three young children, in a postcard-perfect suburb of Z├╝rich. Though she leads a comfortable life, she is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with Bruno, or even her own feelings, Anna tries … Continue reading Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essenbaum

The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

Chuck Palahniuk recommended her in his series of essays on Litreactor and his course on writing. When I happened upon this at the library, it was one of those quiet surprises that make me thrill inside. A happy coincidence that I intend to pay forward by reviewing it here. Hempel's short fiction, taken individually, are … Continue reading The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

Nobody Move by Denis Johnson

Synopsis: Jimmy Luntz owes money to a man called Juarez. Trouble is, Juarez isn't the most patient of men. And when he gets bored of waiting, he sends someone round to collect. Luntz doesn't actually plan to shoot the guy, but the way he sees it, it's shoot or be shot. Either way, though, Luntz … Continue reading Nobody Move by Denis Johnson