truth to fiction

Translating life into fiction can be a way to externalize our inner apocalypse...  photo: Jon Sullivan ...and reading our fiction can lead us to an understanding of what we have locked away. Write about a Thanksgiving that became a turning point in your life, locate it in an exaggerated world of your creation, and animate it with people who enact … Continue reading truth to fiction

before selfies

Before there were selfies, photographers revealed themselves with subtle clues that perhaps even they were unaware of. Examine this photograph, and from the details - tangible and intangible - evoke the photographer. Who is this person on the other side of the lens? What is their relationship with the people in the photograph? How did they come to be the … Continue reading before selfies

foreshadowing flim flam

Rule for writing and life: A flim flam man (or woman) cannot work in a vacuum. It takes at least two participants for flim flam to be successful. So, when a character (or you)is bamboozled, there will be plenty of red flags in the field. They will look something like this:  photo: Justine Belson In writing, … Continue reading foreshadowing flim flam

hello? are you there?

Think about how much of what we say and hear is channeled through electronic devices. Our relationships exist as vibrations and visuals, often without physical contact or presence. The electronic mediums we use have become story channels, often defining our relationships. We've grown so accustomed to relating through vibrations and visuals that we frequently lose awareness of … Continue reading hello? are you there?