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Publication NEWS – May 2015

EVENING STREET REVIEW – ISSUE 12 – JUST ARRIVED! I am honored that my story, “Kindness” is the first story. Order a copy at their website. It is one of those journals you’ll want to read from cover-to-cover.

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Entry 234 – Serendipity & Story: Roanoke Review Interview

Stephanie Spector of the Roanoke Review Interviewed me in January 2015 about writing and my story, “Mermaids” that won the Roanoke Review fiction prize (see archives 2012 issue). Go to their website to read it all.

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Publications NEWS – March 2015

The Roanoke Review debuts a beautiful newly designed website with Jan’s interview and her award-winning story, “Mermaids.” Also more good news – Evening Street Review will publish Jan’s story, “Kindness” in May 2015.

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Publication NEWS – February 2015

The Editor of a press (later to be named) read one of Jan’s stories and wants to read her collection, MERMAIDS & Other Stories, for possible publication. Also – Evening Street Review will publish Jan’s story, “Kindness” in the May 2015 Issue.

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Entry # 233 – “More Than I Could Ever Know: How I Survived Caregiving” – by Dale L. Baker

“I survived caregiving,” a reader wrote. “This book helped.” Dale Baker said, “I have received many 5 star reviews on Amazon, but this one sums up my mission. Every caregiver needs a support group. You might think that you don’t, but you do.”

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Entry # 232 – “Interview with Deepan Chatterjee”

Deepan said, “I wrote this book for a variety of readers – those who grew up in a foreign country (like I did) and then immigrated to the United States, those who reside here and wish to learn about other cultures and traditions, and anyone in general who loves reading short fiction and poetry.”

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Entry # 231 “Tips to Beat Block & Banish Fear – using Pat Schneider’s Writing Alone and With Others”

Craft books can help writers grow. Truman Capote said, “Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”

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Entry # 230 – Leaving a Trace: On Keeping a Journal by Alexandra Johnson.

Entry three in a series – useful craft books. Sometimes when writers face a temporary lag in their productivity, when the flame of inspiration flickers a bit, it helps to read practical books on craft.

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Entry # 229 – More Crafty Essays About Notebooks

Writers and Their Notebooks, essays edited by Diana Raab, “celebrates the notebook as a vital tool in a writer’s personal and literary life.” —and— “In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence.” — Adrienne Rich

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Entry # 228 – “Crafty Readings for Beginning Writers”

Le Guin says, “Some people see art as a matter of control. I see it mostly as a matter of self-control. It’s like this: in me there’s a story that wants to be told. It is my end; I am its means.”

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