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June 25, 2014

Last week I met
bookbinder and book conservatorAlison Kullergenerous with her timeand studio

and now I am hookedand want to know moreso I'm taking a courseat Maine Media Workshopsin August.
A little more about Alison Kuller here.More about Maine Media Workshops here.

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Published on June 25, 2014 08:57 • 63 views

June 18, 2014

Four weeks agothis was a leafless, bare, brown landscapeand nowwhat an explosionof greeneryand flowery

so dense and lushit knocks outyour eyeballs
you can't take it all inat once
you have to focuson small pieces

and even thenyou can hardly believesuch bounty exists

so casually

so delicately

you could lie down hereand say'ahhh. . .'

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Published on June 18, 2014 17:06 • 28 views

June 7, 2014

In the last post, I tried to compare shaping a story to focusing a camera, beginning, say, close up to a person or place and then pulling back to show the context or wider setting.

You could also do the reverse, as above: there's a stone patio, a stone wall and dense trees beyond.  What sort of place is this? What might happen here? Then move in a little closer:

The wall is carefully crafted, hand-built, hmm . . . who built it? Why is it important?  And if you go closer:

Well, well, well . . . look what was there amid those stones all along. Is that critter the subject of the story or a sign of . . . what?

Guess you've got to write the story to find out . . .


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Published on June 07, 2014 17:23 • 41 views

May 26, 2014

Writing a story is like aiming a camera and focusing: do you want the wide landscape, the faraway shot, or the closeup? I often begin up real close, in the narrator's mind or with a close look at one or two characters in the midst of something . . . and then . . .

 . . . pull back . . .. . . to show where this takes place and who else is central to the story.

The focus usually moves in and out then, throughout the story: sometimes close in, sometimes further back.

Someone recently asked me how I choose which sort of focus to use, and the answer is that I simply follow how the scene is playing out (like a movie) in my head.  I don't feel as if I'm manipulating the 'camera'; I feel as if I'm following it, instinctively leaning in and pulling back.

Occasionally when I feel bogged down in the story, it is often because the focus is stuck--too close or too removed for too long--and a simple change of lens revives the movement.

Or something like that . . .

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Published on May 26, 2014 14:21 • 48 views

May 15, 2014

Here in Mainewe're learning a lot about 4-Hand farm animals.

Jupiter (above)

4-H-ers take on the feeding, grooming and training of the animals.They also muck out the stalls and learn about showmanship, breeding, diet and health care.

So much to love here.

So very much.

For more about 4-H, click here.
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Published on May 15, 2014 13:26 • 52 views

May 11, 2014

My parentsbefore they became parentsoffivecrazeeeekids
Look how calmthey seem here
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Published on May 11, 2014 06:22 • 60 views

April 30, 2014

An art teacher and book lovermakes a collage-soupfor Granny TorrelliatSketchbook Wandering 
(Click on link to hop over there. . .)

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Published on April 30, 2014 13:41 • 54 views

April 19, 2014

One class of young readers offered their versions of book covers for The Boy on the Porch.  Below are a few.
You probably already know how much I love student art, right?
I especially loved seeing the elements that students chose as emblematic of the story: the blue tree, the shoes, the guitar, jelly beans, cow and dog.  Perfect.


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Published on April 19, 2014 18:03 • 43 views

April 9, 2014

From the age of nine onward, this was my home in South Euclid, Ohio, shared with parents, four siblings and a cousin.

My sister, three brothers and I sat on those steps, ran round and round the perimeter, climbed the maple tree (at left), raked leaves, threw red rubber balls against the steps, played jacks and spud and tag, roller-skated on the sidewalk and washed those windows with vinegar and water.

Such a good, good place.

(With thanks to college student Anastasia Demor for the current photo.)
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Published on April 09, 2014 16:25 • 57 views

April 3, 2014

Strolling along the beach todaycool breeze sparkled water
met this fellowskittering sideways:

left left leftright right right 
black beaded eyes swiveling 
missing a leg or two.
Poor crabby fellowlooking for a placeto hide.
He's hopingI won't steponhim.
I'm hopingthesame.

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Published on April 03, 2014 18:18 • 48 views

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