I carry a little Molskine notebook around with me, most of the time. I jot down phrases, story ideas, random thoughts, and even the occasional bits of a poem or lyric. The pocket-sized volume is very important to me. It holds a lot of the ingredients that are constantly simmering in my creative mind. Another thing I will write in the notebook: Blog ideas. Last week I made several quick entries of topics I wanted to blog about. This week, I attempted to write those blog posts.
Ok, so I’ve spent some time this week pondering this blog and various other ways I interact with you via social media. (For instance, I’m active on Twitter and have a Facebook page, if you haven’t already noticed.) I post about a lot of things: the craft of writing fiction, my writing processes, my MFA and post-MFA experiences, social media and platform building, books I’ve read, music or other things that inspire me, projects and publications my writer friends are involved i
I posted a few weeks ago about my story, Solomon’s Ditch, being featured at Ozone Park Journal. Since I often get questions like, “What do you write about?” and “How do you come up with ‘made up’ stories?” I thought it might be fun, for me and for regular readers of the blog, if I spent a few minutes deconstructing the story. If you haven’t read Solomon’s Ditch, yet, you might want to read it first, online, by visiting the Ozone Park Journal site. How do you come up with ‘mad