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Gina West’s Sexy Cowboys

Welcome to another very special installment of Virtual Napkins. This week, we will be chatting with author Gina West whose novel, The Long Way Home, has just been released by Pandamoon Publishing. I met Gina about a year ago when she was running a flash-fiction contest on her blog. One of my stories won second-prize in…

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Who Is Sia?

Note: This is the third part of a three-part discussion on the role that artist biography plays in our consumption of art. Find Part 1, ‘Art and the Artist,’ here. Find Part 2, ‘In Defense of Robin Thicke,’ here. You know her voice. I promise that you’ve heard it. Even if you’re not a fan…

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In Defense of Robin Thicke

Note: This is the second part of a three-part discussion on the role that artist biography plays in our consumption of art. Find Part 1, ‘Art and the Artist,’ here. Robin Thicke may be the most unpopular “pop musician” making music right now, a somewhat surprising career development since we couldn’t escape his “Blurred Lines”…

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Art and the Artist, Part 1

I write. I’ve debated the validity of this statement in the past, and I’ve decided–based on desire, publications, and output–that I am a writer. I also consider a readership to be (kind of) important in that. I’m not saying that one needs to be listed on the New York Times Best Sellers list, but I…

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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…