Category: Practicing the Craft

Writing Flash Nonfiction – Will You Join Me?

I have long-loved the essay format; it appeals to both the logical part of my brain as well as the writer in me who envys a well-turned phrase. Essays are the closest in format to the magical magazine articles I used to write, which probably accounts for considering the following: I’ve been reading Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, edited… Read more →

Cristina Oliver – Sharing Beautiful Writing

Thank you to Cristina Oliver for sharing her thoughts about beautiful writing: Writing that brings heaven into the room,like a soft breeze ruffling lace curtains. Like the smell of the ocean on a warm summer day…………writing that send us into the best of ourselves answering all our hopes and dreams…………. Image courtesy Smabs Sputzer Read more →

Going Whaling – Practicing the Craft

Three paragraphs of a piece on the 19th century whaling trade. “So be cheery, my lads, let your hearts never fail, While the bold harpooner is striking the whale.” old Nantucket song George Dodge was born with saltwater in his veins. Growing up in Salem, Massachusetts, this son of the sea wandered the wharves, captivated by seamen’s tales of faraway… Read more →

Arizona Astronomy – Practicing the Craft

Doing my best to create the feel of the great deserts . . . Its four deserts sprawl across the Southwest, each differing in character as the calliope hummingbird and the deadly javelina. The Mogollon Rim, an escarpment which plunges 2000-feet to the Tonto Basin, divides the great expanse of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts in the south from the… Read more →