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A Long Emergency

“I always wake with sentences pouring into my head. So getting to my desk every day feels like a long emergency. It’s a funny thing: people often ask how I discipline myself to write. I can’t begin to understand the … Continue reading

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Books of the Year: There’s A Lot to Read

It’s that time of year: everyone’s starting to put out their best-of lists for 2012. Here are a few: Here’s the top ten from DC’s local independent bookseller, Politics & Prose. Here’s a twist, from Slate: the top twenty books … Continue reading

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The Sixty Second Pitch

Last week I attended a Pitchapalooza event at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington. I had no idea what to expect. According to the website, the event would feature The Book Doctors, married couple Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, who are … Continue reading

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The Shelf of Constant Reproach

I’ve been trying to catch up on some reading, trying to tidy up what I’ve been thinking of, since I read this article, as my shelf of constant reproach. It’s not a project I really hope to ever complete, because … Continue reading

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On Nodding Terms

“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.” — Joan Didion, “On Keeping a Notebook” — Most things I write are deliberately … Continue reading

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The utter maddening capriciousness of the creative process

I never read Eat, Pray, Love. I saw the movie and thought it was okay. I tend to like Julia Roberts, so there was that. I don’t know Ms. Gilbert and have absolutely nothing against her, but I would be … Continue reading

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Write it down

Several months ago I was encouraged to give Randa’s Fans a subtitle, an “about” on the front page.  On the back end it’s called my Tagline.  “In a few words, explain what this site is about,” it says.  What?  The … Continue reading

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I Write Like…

I’m sure you’ve all seen this; it was circulating on Facebook in mid-July, or you may have stumbled upon it elsewhere.  It’s the I Write Like website, where you can have your writing style analyzed and compared to a famous … Continue reading

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Babs is back with The Lacuna!

I’ve been listening to book talks with various authors on NPR this week.  This afternoon while I was folding laundry I listened to a podcast from the Diane Rehm Show where Susan Page interviews Barbara Kingsolver about her new novel, … Continue reading

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National Book Festival this weekend!

I don’t think I’m going to make the National Book Festival this year, but it’s such a great event I couldn’t pass up a quick plug.  It took place two years ago on the weekend after I moved to the … Continue reading

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