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VN Episode 1: Writing Process Blog Hop

I’ve wanted to expand the Virtual Napkins universe into the video realm for quite some time. I set up the YouTube account a while ago, and I’ve been following along with the Vlog adventures of fellow-writer Nicole in a Nut Shell for a while in preparation. So this week, when Amy from Créatrice Mondial invited…

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Limits of Language OR Re-Writing Life Redux

“But in order to make you understand, to give you my life, I must tell you a story–and there are so many, and so many–stories of childhood, stories of school, love, marriage, death,and so on; and none of them are true. -Virginia Woolf, The Waves I was a clumsy kid. I’d be willing to bet…

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Re-Writing Life

In one of the earliest examples of autobiography that the literary canon possesses, Jean-Jacques Rousseau acknowledges the inconsistency of memory. Somewhere in the early sections of The Confessions–between the detailed descriptions of his public flashing and private masturbation–Rousseau writes: I am writing entirely from memory, without notes or materials to recall things to my mind.…

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DD Wright Brings Poetic Soul to Internet Airwaves

UPDATE: The below interview ran the week of the first episode of Poetic Soul. Since then, the show has moved from the 6:30 PM time slot to the 9:00 PM time slot. The show can still be heard live at blogtalkradio.com/poetry2life as well as on demand later in the week. Welcome to another special Virtual…

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Waiting for Inspiration

This is not the typical Virtual Napkins post. This has been on my mind for a while, and I thought I’d bat it around for a bit with you folks. Have you ever been to a poetry reading on a college campus? These events can range from the tedious to the awesome. (I saw Kim…

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Stories That End with an Ellipsis

The streets were full of zombies and half-naked devils with long legs and effective bras. Tod and I were in line at The Vortex in Little Five Points (L5P) hoping to get a burger and a beer (or several). If you’ve never been to Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia, it’s…something. It’s a small neighborhood…

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Trigger Warnings and the Right to Be Offended

A number of years ago, I was living and teaching in a small city in south Georgia. I assigned a short story to my honors lit/comp students called “At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers.” The story is by one of my favorites, Salman Rushdie. It is his typical mix of the magic and the…