Category: Practicing the Craft

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In Thought

I wonder. What does life look like from the plane I saw skimming the clouds? I wonder. Do old shoes find their way home? I imagine a white-haired cobbler, his bench slick with age, lovingly, ever so carefully, herding the leather uppers onto a new soul. Matchmaker. I wonder. Does a baby dream of green fields and red poppies before… Read more →

outlier formats in creative non-fiction

The Outlier Formats of Creative Non-Fiction

What Are CNF Outlier Formats? I recently had the opportunity to take a six week course, learning about (and practicing) four outlier formats in the field of Creative NonFiction (CNF). The course is taught by author Nicole Breit, whose works have been published in Hippocampus and other CNF Magazines. The four outlier formats (so-called because they fall outside the norm)… Read more →

[Flash NonFiction] The Great Archer Wept

The last time I saw the Milky Way throwing garlands across the night sky was on a moonless night in western Nebraska. Bands of darkness ran river-like through the streaming starlight, the interstellar dust playing hide-n-seek with the stars beyond. The brightest area seen from my Earth-bound perch was in the direction of Sagittarius, the Great Archer, who moved relentlessly… Read more →

Meaning – Flash Non-Fiction

The Art of Extraordinary Writing appreciates this contribution by Jane Castellanos. Jane was a teacher, intuitive, traveller, currently living in Devon, seeking to reconnect.  Meaning I don’t have a desk, but I do have a room. The windows are plastic, not allowing for squirrel or bird feeders to be attached. It is forbidden to throw things out of the window.… Read more →

Labyrinth – Flash Non-FIction

Thank you to Portland, Oregon poet, Gail Brooks, for the flash non-fiction piece: Labyrinth. First swallows of coffee down, my eyes begin to widen just a bit. I’m having a quick breakfast at a local favorite spot and leisurely checking out the familiar surroundings. The place is kind of a mess as usual–stuff piled up, somehow functional, not particularly attractive… Read more →

Flash Non-Fiction #1 – Waiting

I took on the Flash Non-Fiction Challenge #1 – writing about three things and how they may relate to one another.  I’m not exaggerating when I admit that I went through 30+ revisions, trying to find the perfect word, the perfect turn-of-phrase. I was shocked at the ah-ha’s I experienced, but I’ll save that for another post. What I can… Read more →