The thing that tipped me off to it was this rinky-dink little historical society pamphlet from 1962 in which they were trying to get volunteers in Wyoming to go work on some of these water reclamation archeological surveys, and they mention River Basin Surveys in conjunction with Bighorn Canyon. I thought, “Okay, that has to be a real thing.”
“Eventually, as I understood myself better, I was able deal directly with the central issues of the Japanese American experience and meld my short stories into a novel. But it took a very long time.”
by Terry Hong
“I’ve been a slam poet, a fiction writer, a performer, and a journalist, and while I have all manner of manuscripts scattered across my apartment and office—poetry, short stories, and even a novel—I’m very picky about what I want to get published, and what will ultimately represent me. This is probably a very bad strategy for a writing career, but there you go.”
You might ask, what of the imagination, but I do not see a separation between the senses and imagination. One flows into the other. Writing from the body has led to writing about the body. Rather than easier or more difficult, my writing has moved into it as I’ve aged.
by Evelyn Somers
“It took me close to a year to find the ending for that story, and I’m pretty sure I tried everything.”
“It always makes me laugh when I see these reviews on Goodreads, written with this kind of counterfeit authority by people living in Ohio or Colorado, who say things like, ‘I believe this is based on the author’s own adolescence, or ‘The author says the book is based on funky beach towns she’s lived in but it sounds a lot like Long Beach.’ You’re from Ohio; how would you know???”
I read a beautiful and haunting anecdote in a guidebook to Rajasthan: it’s possible for children to reach the age of five without ever seeing rain, and therefore the ceilings and walls of royal children’s bedrooms were sometimes painted with cloud designs so that when it did finally rain, they would not be afraid. I wrote this image down, and everything else started spilling out.