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OUT TAKES ...bits and pieces of story, research, and process

A Room of Her Own interviews Aimee Liu

Sharing an interview that A Room of Her Own just did with me. http://aroomofherownfoundation.org/aimee-liu-orlando-short-fiction-judge/

“Our culture trains women to relinquish power over their own body image to others; too often women see themselves only as they think – or are told – others see them. If and when women can own their own sense of their bodies, including the pleasure and comfort and strength and wisdom that their bodies supply, then a positive relationship between body image and creativity can flourish.” Read More 
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Accidental Art

WHEN I WROTE THIS MINI ESSAY 11 YEARS AGO, I'D NEVER HEARD OF THE TERM "FLOW" -- THAT MAGICAL STATE IN WHICH CREATIVITY THRIVES. BUT HERE ARE SOME PRETTY SPOT-ON DESCRIPTIONS OF FLOW...

Long ago and far away, when I used to paint, I found that my best paintings were blessed by accident. A line would wobble, I’d use the wrong color, I’d rub up against the canvas. The undercoat of gesso would go on rough, causing the colors that came on top of it to catch and build in unexpected textures. I would paint what I saw – the surface of an enamel sugar bowl – and discover myself in its reflection. Unhappiness, too, produced useful effects, and if not accidental, this certainly was unintended. Read More 
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Writing Mind

THIS ONE WAS WRITTEN ON Thursday, July 25, 2002. IT REMINDS ME THAT TRUTH LIES IN THE DETAILS THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME. DETAILS LIKE THESE...

My writing mind exasperates my husband. Somehow he can juggle fifteen deals, three potential lawsuits, casts of hundreds and never seem absent, never fail to do a load of laundry as he passes through or check the machine to see if a load needs to go into the dryer, never neglect to close a door or drawer behind him, never lose track of time or miss a scheduled appointment. Never keep anyone waiting. I have no deals pending, only a handful of faces in my mental registry, and suffer from illiteracy when it comes to legal documents, yet I am guilty of all the above lapses and many more. My only excuse is the writing mind, and it is trying not only for those who must live with me but for me as well.
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Writing Around Time

16 YEARS AGO, I WROTE THE FOLLOWING IN MY JOURNAL. IT SUMS UP BETTER THAN I COULD TODAY WHY I'VE DECIDED TO LAUNCH THIS BLOG, MINING JOURNALS PAST AND PRESENT FOR THOUGHTS, QUESTIONS, AND INSIGHTS THAT STRIKE ME AS STILL RELEVANT TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE WRITING LIFE

For the past thirty years I've made a habit of writing a great many words that I expect never to read again.  Read More 
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