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Blog Excerpts

Your Life. In Six Words.

Ready to boil your life down to, oh, six words? Talk about a writing challenge. Since 2006, Smith Magazine has been collecting "six word memoirs" from writers both famous and not-so-famous. Check out the latest entries here -- and submit your own micro-memoir!
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"Love is in the Air" for this month's special Valentine's Day edition of our puzzle. Give it a go and good luck!  Continue reading...
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Blog Du Jour

Introducing Readers to Writers

These blogs review books, introduce writers, cover literary news, offer literary links, and even feature a video or two:

Beatrice

BookFox

Bookburger

Books, Movies and Chinese Food

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VT Tip o' the Week

Words Can Have Multiple Meanings

Many words have multiple meanings (sometimes called senses). The Visual Thesaurus displays meanings as individual circles connected to words. The word pen for example, has six meanings. Five of the meanings for pen are nouns, and one is a verb. For this reason, the circles in the Visual Thesaurus representing meanings are color coded to indicate their different parts of speech. The most common meaning for pen as a noun is "a writing implement with a point from which ink flows." pen can also be used as a verb. When used as a verb, it means "produce a literary work." What is interesting is that the word pen is not in and of itself a noun or a verb. It is the individual meanings of pen that belong to a particular part of speech.

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"Blancmange?" one of my students said. "What's blancmange?" And suddenly, we weren't talking about themes and relationships in Little Women anymore, but instead about a foodstuff that no one's enjoyed for 200 years.  Continue reading...
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I suppose my mother's reading to me as a child could be logged as my first introduction to fiction. In-between my childhood delight with fiction and my fiction writing career, two masters and a Ph.D. in history happened. It was after my Ph.D. in 1985 that I returned to fiction. I guess I had exhausted my curiosity about the "truth." Or, more accurately, I had exhausted my curiosity about formal historical study as a path to understanding "reality."  Continue reading...
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