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Don't Quote Me on This

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt 

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.Eleanor Roosevelt

Be the change that you want to see in the world.Gandhi 

Politics is the art of controlling your environment.Hunter S. Thompson 

When the going gets weird, the weird turn professional.Hunter S. Thompson 

If real life were a book, it would never find a publisher.
Jasper Fforde

I love quotes, even though I don't trust them. I mean, rarely do we quote a person in context, and then if we do, there's the question of whether or not the person we quote is actually quoting someone else. And if so, is s/he doing so in the context of the originator or adapting it to his or her own experience? 

One day, a long, long time ago, I shared a quote with my mother that went something like:  "No one's opinion of me is any of my business," and I attributed said quote to drag queen extraordinaire, Rupaul.  Mom was amused and sw…

Another Short Short

"Soft Like Snow" in
Foundling Review

New Fiction

Published in Eclectic Flash Today.
Read it here:

"The Probability of Him"

A Real Author Interview with Oana

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Oana lived twenty years under the grotesque dictatorial regime of Ceausescu. She has worn many hats: translator, teacher and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center worker. Oana lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she devotes her time to her animals and to writing. She is an active member of Central Phoenix Writing Workshop. The Healings -- the hilarious story of a lonely man and his cat, traveling from “healer” to “healer” in their quest for wholeness -- will be soon released by ATTM Press. You can reach her on Facebook at:!/profile.php?id=100000471646721 Or
The English Language Dream How long have you been writing? I have been writing since I could hold a pen, but my evolution as a writer is a little bit awkward. I have discovered myself as a writer relatively late. I started writing in high school and college, and in more than one language. But right after I finished college and I started working as a …

Interview with Mark Lewandowski, author of Halibut Rodeo

Today, I welcome fellow All Things That Matter Press author, Mark Lewandowski, to my humble little blog. A bit about Mark, then I'll ask the questions and get the answers.

Mark Lewandowski is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana State University. His stories and essays have appeared in many literary journals, including The North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Florida Review. His essays have been listed as "Notable" in The Best American Travel Writing, and twice in The Best American Essays. His fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has been listed as "Notable" in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. "Positioning," a short film taken from his screenplay and directed by Hans Montelius, premiered at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. It has since screened at eight other festivals.
In 1991, Mark joined the Peace Corps and taught English at a teacher's college in Biala Podlaska, Poland. H…

What the Hell Am I Doing Here?

I have no time to write in my blog.  I am too, too busy, attempting to keep up with the piles of papers to grade and the endless demands of my small apartment in San Antonio.  My dog needs walked, stories need revisited and coddled, student loans need paid, dishes need washed, friends need to be called back, lesson plans need revised, appointments need to be made...

But here I am thinking about Jonathan Franzen and his new book, Freedom, which I bought immediately after reading an article in Time Magazine that glamorizes the author in that gritty, sepia-exposed way authors are often glamorized.  I am not going to review the book here, but I do plan to do so eventually.  Instead, what I want to know is why I was compelled to buy it?  The book is a bestseller, probably will be for some time, and yet I make it a habit to avoid reading bestselling books if only because everyone else is reading them, so why bother?  I'd prefer to work down my list of authors whose books are often shus…

Why Bother Writing: A Guest Post by Kenneth Weene

(author of Widow’s Walk and Memoirs From the Asylum)
Why bother? Isn’t it easier to not write, not get frustrated with all those rejection letters, the people who think you should have changed this character or that outcome? Then there’s the P.R., the endless battle to get your book noticed. You can obsess about your standing on Amazon, not realizing that just one order may swing your title fifty places on that list. You can contact blogger after blogger: “Please give my book some space.” Wait – I can get a pod-cast. How many listeners? Who knows. Finally, the big moment – the royalty check for the quarter arrives. Trepidatiously you open it. There it is, barely enough to take your sweetheart out for burgers and fries or maybe hotdogs and chips. You remind yourself that getting rich was never the reason. Of course, deep in your heart you’re damning the gods because you haven’t received a film offer, one you so richly deserve and that would actually put some money in your pocket. So, I as…