Laura McNeal

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Writer of things for and about the naively hopeful

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Laura McNeal Everything inspires me to write. It's a pre-existing condition. The most crippling and yet most motivating activity is, of course, to read a great nov…moreEverything inspires me to write. It's a pre-existing condition. The most crippling and yet most motivating activity is, of course, to read a great novel by someone else, one that makes writing a great novel seem both an impossible thing to do and the only thing I ever want to do.(less)
Laura McNeal One ticket to I Capture the Castle, please. Ticket should include being locked in the keep by my children, who send food to me in a basket, the way th…moreOne ticket to I Capture the Castle, please. Ticket should include being locked in the keep by my children, who send food to me in a basket, the way they did with their father in the book. I have to stay there until I finish my novel.(less)
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A long time ago, when I was 21, Tobias Wolff asked me a question. "Do you feel like you have to be an ambassador for your faith in your writing?"

This was at Syracuse University, and we were in his office in the Hall of Languages, an ornate stone castle of a building that stood at the top of a hill I climbed every day like a pilgrim.  Toby's office, on the fifth floor, was fittingly grand, full of Read more of this blog post »
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Before this, eels belonged in the category of creatures I would least like to be or meet: eels, sharks, snakes, bats. But it soon became clear that imagining eel consciousness from a very early age and then again as an adult was illuminating in a way ...more
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“Amiel was looking at me with the kind of interest that made my mouth dry up. I was Braille and his eyes were fingers.”
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“Tu' eres de dos mundos."
He was wrong, of course. You can only belong to one world at a time.”
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“Inside the house, near the hearth, Amiel had built a sort of fire pit with rocks. It was a safer place to cook than most campsites, really, because there was concrete all around, and I longed to be there when he had the fire going, when we could be cowgirl and cowboy and pretend we weren't a few miles from two million people.”
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“The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths.”
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