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My Very First Web Interview

The nice writing gang behind "What Women Write" invited me over this month for my first web interview:

What Women Write BLOG-CLICK HERE:

"Lynda Rutledge stops by
to chat about her soon-to-be-released Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam novel Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale and the craft of writing." Read More 
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The Picture Window: My Ground Zero memory

New York City

When I think about those days now, I see a dark street in some continuous midnight.
A man in a tuxedo carrying a cello from Carnegie Hall.
The sound of a sonata behind closed doors.
A Goya by a mansion's staircase, a Shakespeare folio under glass.
A flickering television in the apartment across from my 12th floor hotel window.
Only then, do I see why I was there and where I walked an entire November night—the gaping Ground Zero gash that was once the World Trade Center. The expected images have faded, mercifully if slowly, the images everyone knows without having to go there, the ones we'll always see. But the unexpected, what the mind chooses to hold on to and where the soul finds itself again, can be a lasting surprise.

I came to Manhattan a month after 9/11 to write a book with a crisis chaplain I'd never met. At 11:30 p.m., he walked into the hotel lobby in full blue tactical uniform, introduced himself, then led me immediately to the subway. Read More 
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Cherubs want to know

April 2012: Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale.
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Book Town in the Middle of Nowhere

Texas FM Highways 25 and 79
Archer City, Texas

Remember used bookstores? They seemed to have just vanished. I'm surprised now when I stumble on one of those great cluttered book storefronts down some urban street, find myself wandering in and wandering out hours later, smiling, discoveries under my arm.

So this boggled my mind: A dusty small Texas town full of them? This I had to see. A few years back, I'd heard that Texas literary icon Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove et al) had returned to his tiny hometown (population 1,848) at the intersection of two Farm to Market country roads in Northwest Texas, and brought his used book and "bookscouting" business with him.  Read More 
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Let's Fire Up This Blog


I read somewhere that the least a blogger should do is be either helpful or entertaining. Or both.

In that spirit, with the aid of my own experience and an attitude my high school teachers awarded by sending me out to sit in the hall, I'm starting with a post about the writing life. Here's how Mr. Charles Bukowski, legendary free spirit who I bet spent a little banished time in school hallways himself, explains it via poets.org:

 Charles Bukowski's "so you want to be a writer"

Enjoy, feel the burst, pass it on.
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