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Marci Diehl

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Marci Diehl has been a writer ever since she was the geek who got excited when her grammar school class had to write paragraphs for English. She won the English medal when they graduated and the awards kept coming. She once met (then Crown) Prince Hassan of Jordan. That was pretty cool and he was very nice -- although he was 20 & she was 17 and she was too involved in being cool to know how cool it actually was. The prince was being semi-hidden in the living room of her aunt & uncle's house in Washington DC by her uncle, who was in the CIA. As a traveling mother of four, she started writing for national, regional and local magazines on lifestyle, golf, travel, and humor when she wasn't traveling the country and parts of the world wh ...more

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Marci Diehl I'm trying to decide which of the 5 titles I have in my head should be my next book. I have a decent start on one, but am puzzling over what the male…moreI'm trying to decide which of the 5 titles I have in my head should be my next book. I have a decent start on one, but am puzzling over what the male character's story is. He hasn't told me yet. Another has most of the story/plot lined up. Then there are the titles that live on post-it notes on my desk. Sadly, they still need real stories to belong to. They're vague dreams, really. Meanwhile, I write on the magazine/marketing side for a living. (less)
Marci Diehl Writing is as natural to me as breathing. In fact, I think of it as a kind of alien breath -- if you are from the Writer Planet, it's how you breathe.…moreWriting is as natural to me as breathing. In fact, I think of it as a kind of alien breath -- if you are from the Writer Planet, it's how you breathe. When you're not writing something -- and I mean, any sort of writing that is communicating something to someone somewhere -- you feel stifled.

I grew up writing. I started writing letters as a second grader, writing to my aunt, who was a nun teaching in the Baltimore/Philadelphia area. I kept that correspondence going for about 50 years, until she died. I wrote long, long letters, sometimes in one of those composition notebooks with the black marbled covers. I wrote over a period of days or weeks, until I finished the letter -- by that time it was more of a journal written to one person.

I wrote plays and columns and short stories and all sorts of things as a teen. I wrote huge missives to my college love that I had to add extra postage to mail. Then, I got married right out of college. And my writing fizzled out for years -- ten, to be exact, as I concentrated on being a Super Wife and mother to 4 sons in 8 years.

So when I say I feel stifled without writing, I know how that feels. But here's the thing -- I never stopped reading. I was and am an avid reader when I'm not writing. I read wonderful books, books I fell in love with, by writers I fell in love with. And there in lies one answer to this question of how I get inspired to write.

Great writing inspires me to want to write. I want to create that magic I feel when I read something wonderful.

I'm inspired every day. Titles come me. Ideas for stories roll around in my head like marbles in an empty drawer as I walk every day. It's sort of a problem -- I see too many things, hear too many pieces of people's stories, and see too many chances to write, all the while trying to get normal things done in a day, like earn a living and nurture real relationships and try to get the carpeting in my downstairs pulled out...

The details of Real Life on this planet may cut into writing time, but they are also great for enriching the stories forming like cloud formations on my Writer Planet. (less)
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I’ve been following Ken Burn’s intense PBS series, The Vietnam War.


I’ve been live-tweeting it on Twitter with the audience across the country, with viewers sharing their own reactions to the compelling, horrifying, brutally honest history of that war. So many were not born until after the war. A shocking amount of people knew nothing about it until now, with this documentary series.


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"A Castigation

Forget my worthless words. Allow Mr. John O'Brien at Dalkey Archive Press to speak for this lost comic masterpiece of moral fiction.

Ishmael Reed, for the back cover of his novel Mumbo Jumbo, listed blurbs consisting of nasty things re...
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"Reasons why you should read this novel:

1. It is funny.
2. Very very funny.
3. The prose is flinty.
4. The prose is fluid.
5. The prose is happy to be contradictory and incompatible with
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6. The story is deeply moral.
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“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”
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