THE SOUL MUST SPEAK, AND LONGS TO BE HEARD

A LETTER FROM A READER, WITH REPLY

February 1, 2013

Tags: Writing, fiction, fiction writing, dreams, immortality, consternation, laughter, a bit of peace

What makes a writer happy? A happy reader. Read on:

Hi Kate,

I just started your book. It is amazing! I had it in my vast collection of books and my resolution is to read books I have purchased. I looked on Amazon and was shocked that only 4 people had reviewed it! It didn't (more…)

THE MUSE IS A HARSH MISTRESS

May 26, 2012

Tags: Fiction, Writing, Witing Fiction, Muse, Spirituality, Immortality

I’ve always loved the Judy Collins version of Jimmy Webb's song, “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress” –“See her how she flies, golden sails across the sky,” etc., and those lovely, haunting lyrics have been running through my head lately, but with slightly different lyrics. Last time on my blog I talked cheerily about how I was enjoying taking a break from writing, (more…)

AND NOW, FOR MY NEXT ACT...

November 22, 2009

Tags: Writing, Fiction, Fiction Writing, Dreams, Immortality

My second novel is finished. I mean, well, "finished" meaning the entire story is down on the page, the final sentences are written and doing exactly what they ought'er do, every character has grown, and changed, and reached a certain point in his/her tale, poised to follow the road to new adventures. Now (more…)

YOU TUNE ME IN, I'M A TELLY

August 8, 2009

Tags: Writing, fiction, writing fiction, dreams, immortality

I'd never appeared on television before. When the e-mail came from Morgan Potts at UNC-TV inviting me to appear on North Carolina Bookwatch,with gracious host and NC book maven D.G. Martin, I decided some web research was in order a.s.a.p. The taping was set for a few days away. The show is a classic and popular literary interview series on public TV, broadcast throughout North Carolina on Sunday evenings.

When I googled "appear on TV", immediately "do's and don't" came (more…)

YOU TURN ME ON, I'M A RADIO

June 28, 2009

Tags: Writing, fiction, fiction writing, publishing, dreams, soul, immortality

Recently I was invited for an interview on the Carrboro Book Beat, on WCOM-FM 103.5 LP FM - the Community Radio of Carrboro.
Hosts Audrey and Paul made me welcome. We had an enjoyable hour discussing writing, Where the Lake Becomes the River, publishing, the creative process, and immortality.

Of the questions that were asked, (more…)

Anti-Chronology, sez the Book, Is Where It's At

May 22, 2009

Tags: Writing, Fiction, Writing Fiction, Dreams, Muse, Immortality

I do believe that if you listen, over how ever long it takes, a book will tell you what it wants to be. In this case, Where the Lake Becomes the River was determined to be non-chronological. It took the shape it wanted to take.

The book starts in a "present" wherein the heroine, Parrish, (more…)

THE FIRST AND FINEST REJECTION

May 10, 2009

Tags: Writing, fction, writing fiction, dreams, immortality

My first rejection was from The New Yorker, when I was fourteen. I sent them a poem, that had something to do with a storm and the exhileration thereof. After some time, they sent back a heavy, cream-colored half-sheet with a black logo across the top: the Manhattan skyline, and a gentleman with top (more…)

IN THE REALM OF DREAMY DREAMS

April 22, 2009

Tags: Dreams, Fiction, Writing, Fiction Writing

So, most folks have seemed to like my humble little book, but one person who really, truly did not like it at all, complained, among other failings, that it had way too many dreams in it. (As Mr. Lincoln said, You cannot please 'em all.) (Mr. Lincoln himself had a quite spectacular precognitive dream/ (more…)
I wondered, Why are so many of us compelled to write?...and the Muse, riding shotgun, replied, "The soul must speak, and longs to be heard."

The Muse and the musician

The Soul Dreams, Listening to Her Muse

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