Let’s Talk About Dogen

Brad Warner has written several books about what the intersection of Zen Buddhism and Japanese monster movies has meant for him personally, as well as what it can mean for all of us who want to learn a little more about meditation and enlightenment and all that. When Warner isn’t traveling the world leading Zen retreats, he runs Angel City Zen Center in Los Angeles. His latest … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Dogen

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I’ll Take Colophons for $400

We were looking over glossaries of industry terms for publishing class this week, and I spent a good chunk of that time reviewing terms I already know: things like body copy, copyright page, and front matter. Things that I’m familiar with not only as a reader but as somebody who’s lucky enough to get to write, edit and produce books and magazines with college students … Continue reading I’ll Take Colophons for $400

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What does it mean to be an accomplished writer?

To me, being accomplished means having a recognizable voice. It means feeling at least a moderate comfort level with nearly any topic, even politics. It means being able to write about how I feel about Donald Trump’s presidency, and how it makes me want to poke my eyes out and run into the street screaming, in such a way that someone who may inexplicably feel … Continue reading What does it mean to be an accomplished writer?

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“Is writing in itself a kind of spiritual practice, and if so, how?”

Little while back when I was so snowed under with writing and advising and teaching and having bronchitis and being so busy I was not talking to anyone who wasn’t an immediate family member, I was able to speak with to this amazing and inspiring writer, Shozan Jack Haubner, for Hunger Mountain’s website. Our interview is here. Shozan Jack has gone from being my favorite Buddhist writer … Continue reading “Is writing in itself a kind of spiritual practice, and if so, how?”

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On Publishing…and Procrastination

Champlain Publishing is helping Alumna Colleen Rooney publish a collection of essays written by Champlain students. It’s called Publishing: Digitized and Personalized, and it’ll be out in the world Feb. 3. We’re going to have a big party at Champlain that day. You’re invited. So last month, as is apparently my way, I sat back down with the manuscript at the last possible second to … Continue reading On Publishing…and Procrastination

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Ann Hood, My Ego, and Sheep: An Ireland Thank-You Note

  I never really learned about thank you notes. Some families do it, some don’t. I just don’t remember anybody in my family talking about it much. Then I married into a family of people for whom they are very important. You’d think that nearly three decades of being expected, and often gently reminded, to attend to something might tip me off to its importance, … Continue reading Ann Hood, My Ego, and Sheep: An Ireland Thank-You Note

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Let’s talk about craft

Or, actually, to put it more directly, let’s listen to this fab radio interview with me and Shelagh Shapiro as we talk about craft. Shelagh is a novelist whose first book, “Shape of the Sky,” blew my mind. She’s also the owner/head honcho/producer of the fantabulous radio show/podcast “Write the Book” for which she recently interviewed yours truly. What I like about the show, and Shelagh’s … Continue reading Let’s talk about craft

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