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Imagination & Image-Making: Thing One and Thing Two

 As promised last week, poet Jane Alynn ( http://janealynn.com/) joins to our conversation on the role of the imagination. Jane, a friend and colleague, is a frequent contributor to Skagit Valley Writers League workshops on creativity and poetry.  I’m delighted to have her here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Like the two mischievous characters in The Cat in the […]

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Balloons

That’s Just Your Imagination

“You’re imagining things!” How often have you heard someone respond this way? A husband to a wife, maybe? One friend to another? A parent to a child? In any case, it’s clearly a put-down. When I was teaching writing my college freshmen assured me the imagination is a thing of childhood—fairytales and Winnie the Pooh—given […]

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Mothers hands

My Mother’s Hands

In a previous blog (“About the Inheritors”), I talked about how the themes of my life emerge as I write, and more specifically, in The Inheritors, the very American experience of moving between cultures and classes. As I wrote about Carla, Alicia’s mother, I suddenly had a vision of my own mother standing at the […]

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Grandma, Grandpa, me, girls

Who’re You From?

  One of the fascinations of writing fiction is creating characters “out of whole cloth”, then recognizing in them attitudes and dominant traits of myself, the people who shaped me, my children, or others who have left some mark. I remember creating Carla in The Inheritors and puzzling over her familiarity. Then I woke up […]

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Memories of a Chicago Winter

From my damp, but otherwise cozy roost in the Northwest, I listen to the weather report from Chicago, look at the pictures of the icicle-laden remains of a burned-out buildings and remember.  This memory is for you. A New Year’s Message, Chicago Style New Years’ Eve, 1945, and I was invited to spend the night […]

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Harper Quadrangle

Where’re You From?

  Why is that so often the first question we ask a stranger? To place him or her geographically, sure, but also in the whole universe of language, culture, and attitudes we associate with place. So it used to be, when people asked me that, I’d mumble apologetically. I longed to say “the mountains of […]

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HOME FIRES, Judith Kirscht's third published novel

HOME FIRES Out in Print!

For those of you who still love to hold a “real” book in your hands, HOME FIRES is now out in paperback.  If you like    Stories that “shine a light on real things that matter”                                                                               Kristen Nathan, Chicago Literati. 12/17/13  Stories that “even when I wasn’t reading it, the story was on my […]

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From Writer to Author

The Path from Writer to Author Many writers claim they only write for themselves. I was one of those once, chiefly because the whole notion of being published was beyond the power of my imagination. However, the University of Michigan’s Hopwood Awards, won by authors such as Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller, and Marge Piercy, had, […]

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Santa Reading

God Rest You Merry Gentlefolk

It’s time to get off the Internet and curl up with a book —or a Kindle, Nook, Sony, Kobo or whatever.   To help, this blog will take a break until Friday, January 4, 2013 and offer two books for your  (or our loved ones) reading pleasure.   THE INHERITORS  A mixed-race woman’s search for […]

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My Thought for Today

This is not the post I was going to publish today. Holiday cheer feels out of place and offensive while twenty children lie dead on a Connecticut schoolroom floor. I am crying, like everyone else, “This has to stop!” On the television we hear our commentators turn to  Congress and the President, as though they […]

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About The Inheritors

About The Inheritors I promised a blog about the journey from writer to author, but need to interrupt with some news. The Inheritors is now in paperback! You’ll find it at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, but you can also order it at your local bookstore. The book page (link below) will give you a  […]

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