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Owen Thomas

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If writers are what they write, then Owen Thomas is a fiction. Not a fiction in the way that Ebenezer wonders whether the Ghost of Christmas Past is merely a gastric illusion brought on by an "undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, or a crumb of cheese." Nor in the way that Verbal Kent invented Keyser Söze from scraps of information on a police station bulletin board. Rather, Owen Thomas is a fiction born of creative suffocation, less a product of indigestion or criminal-minded design than a full-on psychotic snap. After nearly twenty-five years as an attorney practicing civil litigation, the emergence of an alter ego was probably inevitable.

But if there is any truth in fiction (and there always is), then here is the truth. Owen Thomas
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Owen Thomas Usually, writer's block means that I am not sufficiently relaxed and that I am either trying to hard to force the creative process or I am focused on…moreUsually, writer's block means that I am not sufficiently relaxed and that I am either trying to hard to force the creative process or I am focused on other things. Fresh air helps. Walking helps. A little vino helps. I try to back off and start again with a different attitude and a more relaxed vibe. Writer's block has a close cousin in insomnia. The harder you try, the less effective you will be.(less)
Owen Thomas It gives me a strange kind of permission to look a little deeper into the world and the people around me. Suddenly there is a purpose to that exercise…moreIt gives me a strange kind of permission to look a little deeper into the world and the people around me. Suddenly there is a purpose to that exercise beyond simply forming opinions and tucking them away. That new purpose is to express what it all means -- or what I think it means -- in a way that is, hopefully, both informative and entertaining. I enjoy looking at the world through a writer's eyes.

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New Years Eve.

Put away the headlines for a minute.

They’re going to keep coming. I promise.

So here’s a resolution.

Let’s resolve to excavate ourselves.

To climb out from beneath the rubble of bad news.

Let’s lower a bucket into the abandoned well of the self.

Down, down, down. Younger. Younger.

Stop. Let it fill.

Now pull. Hand over hand over hand.

Let’s pull it all up. The light. The color. The th...

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Description: Henry & Biggs is an on-line novel in progress about a New York literary agent and his pet Beagle. Yes, “in progress.” That means I am writing about our two heroes as you are reading about them. Look for a new installment every Monday at http://www.owenthomasfiction.com. To be sure, Henry & Biggs is decidedly light-hearted fare. But it is not without its pathos, drama, suspense, terror, raucous couch-sex, bare-knuckle politics, and delicious Basted Lamb Crunchies. Also, some vampires.
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