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Richard Jespers

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Richard Jespers has been writing fiction for over thirty years. He graduated from Southwestern College with a bachelor of music and then earned an MA in English from Texas Tech University. He went on to teach elementary and secondary English in the Lubbock, Texas, public schools. A Pushcart nominee for his short story “My Long-Playing Records,” which originally appeared in Boulevard, he has also been recognized by the Tennessee Writers Alliance as well as The Ledge fiction competition. His works have appeared in Storyglossia, Mochila Review, Oyez Review, Eclectica Magazine, Gihon River Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Blackbird, and Cooweescoowee.

He currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with his long-time companion, Ken Dixon. He draws writing
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Richard Jespers Keep a journal (not a diary) and write something regularly, even when you're blocked. Read! That often stimulates my thinking. Attend a workshop. But …moreKeep a journal (not a diary) and write something regularly, even when you're blocked. Read! That often stimulates my thinking. Attend a workshop. But at all costs keep writing because one idea always leads to the next.(less)
Richard Jespers The best thing is that writing is not teaching; it is not waiting tables; it is not being an executive; it is not being a salesperson. Writing feeds m…moreThe best thing is that writing is not teaching; it is not waiting tables; it is not being an executive; it is not being a salesperson. Writing feeds my intellect and my emotional life in a way that playing music does not, that acting does not, that almost any other activity does not. I love it.(less)
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My Long-Playing Records

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I thought it [Diamonds Are Forever] was great fun myself and I only wish that people would write more books of exotic and fantastic adventure instead of whining away in contrived prose about their happy childhood and their ghastly lives in corrugated iron universities.
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Shaw’s ideas, in spite of the several forms of English he utilizes, still seem fresh after more than a hundred and twenty-five years. With a similar apparently misogynist character as his Pygmalion, Shaw nevertheless, and with some irony, creates a f ...more
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When the first fantastic event takes place, I realize I cannot read this novel as a conventional or realistic one. Oh, this novel set in old Cuba contains plenty of realism: boys being beaten or browbeaten by two older generations, but it has plenty ...more
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This book is an excellent introduction for someone just beginning to meditate, as well as a refresher course for one who wishes to upgrade one’s skills. In essence, it is the best of handbooks, returned to again and again, for the concept of mindful ...more
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“Like threads of old spider webs, still sticky and hovering, the past waits for us to submit, or depart. When I least expect it, a memory comes skittering out of the dark, spinning and netting the air, ready to snap me up and ensnare me in old and complex puzzles. Just a glimpse of a worn-out patchwork quilt and the old question comes thudding out of the night again like a great moth. Why did my mother not return? After all these years, I find myself wondering, but with the dullness of expecting no response.”
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“Below the bows of the Arrawa a child’s coffin moved onto the night stream. Its paper flowers were shaken loose by the wash of a landing craft carrying sailors from the American cruiser. The flowers formed a wavering garland around the coffin as it began its long journey to the estuary of the Yangtze, only to be swept back by the incoming tide among the quays and mud flats, driven once again to the shores of this terrible city (279).”
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“A bald eagle perched in a dead tree, watching us. The landscape was bold. Not only was the property on the North Platte River but the river ran through it, taking an east-west turn for a few miles in its course. The land was a section, 640 acres, a square mile of riparian shrubs and cottonwood, some wetland areas during June high water, sage flats and a lot of weedy overgrazed pasture (46).”
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“Whatever it was, it caused me to be late getting the roll taken, and I had just turned to that task when the door opened and Molly Bendixon walked in abruptly.

‘Where’s your absence report?’ she demanded. ‘They’re waiting for it in the office. It’s holding everybody up. Haven’t you been told that you’re supposed to take the roll first thing and get it down there?’ Her tone was sarcastic and patronizing.

‘I’m just taking it now,’ I said. ‘I’ll have it down there right away.’ I was furious but determined not to show it in front of the students. Molly turned and marched out, and I followed her, closing the door behind us. I hadn’t had my morning coffee yet, and my anger was getting the upper hand. ‘Miss Bendixon,’ I said, ‘let me explain something.’ She sighed and turned, evidently expecting an excuse. ‘My classroom is off limits to you. You are never again to enter it unless I invite you. And if you ever humiliate me in front of my students again, I will knock you on your ass. You can tell that to the principal if you want to, and if you don’t believe me, try me.’

I went back to my classroom and slammed the door, hard. Several of the students had slipped up to the door and had been straining to hear what I was saying to Molly, but they scuttled back to their seats when I came in, and everybody was very quiet.”
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Tennessee Williams
“The trouble is that I am being bullied and intimidated by my own success and the fame that surrounds it and what people expect of me and their demands on me. They are forcing me out of my natural position as an artist so that I am in peril of ceasing to be an artist at all. When that happens I will be nothing because I cannot be a professional writer.”
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Majenta Hello, Richard! Thanks for contacting me! Congratulations on your book and on your views on writing! I hope you're having a good week. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta


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