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Printing Project Rough Draft

The first step last year: get a rough draft going of enough text to fill 50+ pages. Actually, the real first through seventh or eighth steps were all about planning and making mockups. But, hard as those parts were, by … Continue reading

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Random Book Note: “The Fourteenth Voyage”

Way back when I was sixteen or so and first found out who Stanisław Lem was, I should have made a lifelong resolution then to read the account in The Star Diaries of Ijon Tichy’s trip to Enteropia at least … Continue reading

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Raketenflugplatz

Okay, so, long story short, I’ve been banging away at this particular chunk of text for a very long time. Like, years long. And now I’m about ready to do version No. 3 of a book based on it. Or, … Continue reading

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Notes for Imaginary Novels, 05.05.10

1. Eyes of the Tigress: In 9799 A.D., Deela Proudborn, orphaned witch-princess of the ice-bound land of Yuessa, dwells in a cave at Rakna’s Rock, dresses in a skimpy metal bikini draped with gauzy scraps of platinum chain mail, always … Continue reading

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Notes, 04.29.10

In the backyard: blue jays harassing squirrels, chipmunks improving the Underground service from Phlox to Mimosa and points beyond, expired bumblebees like Little Birds downed in the paddies of ‘Nam, milkweed pods split open and deflated like wrecked zeppelins, every … Continue reading

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Notes, 01.10/07

1. He kept his lab notes in an old ledger, covered the fronts and backs of every pale green page with formulas for tissue stains and rudimentary drawings of muscles and nerves and the various ways chameleons tilt their heads … Continue reading

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Notes, 01.10/06

1. After recess, they watched a film about how fortune cookies were made and a film about a pencil factory. Then, after the last bell, in the graveled limbo between the portable classrooms, Chuck Ott hit him in the shoulder … Continue reading

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Work Notes, 01.22.10

1. Imply but do not illuminate connections. 2. Sentences ought to take left turns in the middle. 3. Use inappropriate metaphors. 4. Use adjectives only to confuse, not to clarify images. 5. Misdirection is the right direction. 6. Express imaginary … Continue reading

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Various Poems, 01.22.10

1. “Black Earth,” Marianne Moore 2. “Doctor Frolic,” Robert Pinsky 3. “Mirabeau Bridge,” Guillaume Apollinaire 4. “Natural Selection,” Alan Shapiro 5. “Toth Fairy,” Sharon Olds 6. “Filling Station,” Elizabeth Bishop 7. “You, Andrew Marvell,” Archibald MacLeish 8. “When I Heard … Continue reading

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