A Writer’s Notebook: haiku at moonrise

A few weeks ago, I attended the O-Tsukimi moonviewing festival at the Portland Japanese Garden. Among the various activities at the festival, the organizers had laid out small handmade notebooks and pens for us to write haiku about the moon. These are my haiku. Weathered paper moon floats, a child’s folded boat — unsinkable light. … More A Writer’s Notebook: haiku at moonrise

A Writer’s Notebook: notes from a reading (the results so far)

So, as I promised last week, I’m attempting a draft of something based on notes I took at a literary reading here in PDX last week. And, thanks to a conversation in the comments with EJ Runyon, I decided to try the story about rearranging furniture. She opened the door but it stopped on its … More A Writer’s Notebook: notes from a reading (the results so far)

A Writer’s Notebook: response to Junichiro Tanizaki’s “In Praise of Shadows”

This is an old crib from a class assignment. I was in grad school taking a creative nonfiction workshop (which, this fall, I will be teaching myself, so hey, progress!), and I’d missed a day. (I forget why.) To make up for the missed class discussion, I had to write this response to an essay, … More A Writer’s Notebook: response to Junichiro Tanizaki’s “In Praise of Shadows”

A Writer’s Notebook: Why I cried at the Superman trailer

I mentioned last week that I’ve been writing an essay on Superman. I gave it up for a recollection of the ’96 Olympic Games, but the essay has still been on my mind. Then, the other day, a friend of mine posted an outraged link to Newsarama’s list of the 10 Worst Comic Book-Based Movie … More A Writer’s Notebook: Why I cried at the Superman trailer