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Charlie Quimby

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Charlie Quimby is the author of two novels set in Western Colorado. Inhabited , published in October 2016, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. His debut, Monument Road, was named an Indie Next Great Read and a Booklist Editor's Choice for 2013, and shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award and Colorado Book Award. He is also a co-author of Planning to Stay, a guide that helps communities assess themselves and take control of future development.

Before devoting himself to writing fiction, he was president of Words At Work, the Minneapolis marketing communications firm he founded, from 1988 to 2005. His speechwriting and annual reports won national awards, and he co-authored publications on urban planning, quality mana
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Charlie Quimby The cover either immediately communicates or puzzles people, I've found.

The image is a close-up of a highway sign marking a winding road. It has been…more
The cover either immediately communicates or puzzles people, I've found.

The image is a close-up of a highway sign marking a winding road. It has been shot multiple times from both directions, and the holes, indentations and paint fractures serve as a sort of topographical map of the region where MONUMENT ROAD is set.

I wanted the cover to be be graphic and represent the region and a perilous drive without being literal. I thought this image was perfect and would be immediately recognizable to anyone who drove in the west.

Your reaction and the reaction of other readers has proved me only half right!(less)
Charlie Quimby I don't believe in "writer's block." No one talks about banker's block or plumber's block or chef's block. Writers are not specially privileged. The…moreI don't believe in "writer's block." No one talks about banker's block or plumber's block or chef's block. Writers are not specially privileged. The worst thing they can do is imagine they suffer from some horrible affliction.

However, we all deal with lawnmower's block, dishwasher's block and exerciser's block. Thinking about it this way makes feeling blocked seem more natural and temporary.

So I deal with it in the following ways:

1) I give myself permission not to write. Just as I give the lawn permission to grow for another day. The world will not end if I decide to do something else. Readers will not miss the sounds of my typing. The lawn will still be there in the morning.

2) I read something good that tells me, yes, this is what I'm trying to do. Not exactly like this, but I see that it is humanly possible and worth doing.

3) I plant my butt in the chair every day. Sometimes I get up having written nothing. Or goof off. Or write crap. Or edit what I did yesterday and maybe it leads me into a paragraph that will lead me into a page tomorrow.

But above all, I do not accept it as a malady to be overcome. It's more like a rainy day that will pass as long as I do 3, 2 and 1.(less)
Average rating: 4.1 · 187 ratings · 56 reviews · 2 distinct works · Similar authors
Monument Road

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This week at the Day Center I realized I have survived three breakdowns.


Put another way, I am now pushingmy fourth vacuum cleaner. (Or maybe the fifth, counting a little hand-held one.)


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“She read him a magazine article about how elephants could convey their movements to each other over long distances, warn of trouble and signal their readiness to mate. That’s what prayer can do, too, she said, if people just knew how to pay attention. He didn’t know about elephants or prayer or how unspoken things were transmitted but something in what she said must be true. Otherwise, how could he know what love felt like?”
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