Monthly Archives: February 2015

Destructive Readers

I’m part of an online community called Destructive Readers. It’s a writing and editing group hosted at reddit. Despite the name, it’s a fairly civil place where writers can get honest feedback and critiques of their writing. I’ve done my share of destroying and being destroyed, and I cannot recommend it enough. It is hard to find real, unvarnished feedback, and at Destructive Readers you pay for your time in the spotlight by offering your critiques of other member’s work. The symbiotic balance is monitored by the group’s moderators, and they are quick to call out those who ask too …Read more »

Sourdough Bread Recipe

I love to bake, and making bread is one of my favorite activities. Here’s my sourdough bread recipe and instructions for making the starter and the bread. Do not be alarmed at the wall of text below! It’s actually pretty simple, but it’s a weird concept so you need a lot of words to describe it.  Starter or Sour The good news is you only have to do this once. Take 1/2 cup of warm water and put it in a ceramic bowl (don’t use metal sourdough doesn’t like metal). Make sure it’s a big bowl — the starter will …Read more »

Running in the Rain

In a 1999 essay for the New York Times Joyce Carol Oates muses about running. She says: “Ideally, the runner who’s a writer is running through the land- and cityscapes of her fiction, like a ghost in a real setting.” I am beyond thrilled to know that I share a habit with one of the best (and most prolific) writers in the US. As I’ve said before, it’s a fairly new hobby for me, but one that has a great impact on my life, health, and art. These days I’m always wrestling with one story or another — at the …Read more »

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