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Santa Embarks on a New Continent

Happy holidays, everyone. Here's to new continents--and packs that are full but not unmanageable.


Level Up

I know other fiction writers can relate: You've got an experience/observation/detail from your own real life that demands to be worked into something you write someday. That was how my long-ago smoothie-making job was for me, and this is the (very) fictionalized result. Thanks to the West Texas Literary Review for publishing it.


Writing about young MICA grads

I really enjoyed getting to know the work of some in-demand young graduates of the Maryland Institute College of Art, better known as MICA. The article that resulted appears in Baltimore Style's September 2017 Arts Issue.


The Unexpected

As I said in my recent radio essay* on WYPR, Baltimore's NPR affiliate, creative ideas can take you to unexpected places. Watching them develop is part of the pleasure--and mystery--of any creative project. Even this mundane little video (shot a few mornings ago in my living room, in celebration of a heat wave's merciful end) went in a direction I didn't expect. I lifted my camera to film the billowing drapes. The surprise was the sucking-in at the end--and then the closing punctuation by a passing car. 

*The segment was part of the Maryland Humanities Council's great "Humanities Connection" series.


Images in Dialogue

Wandering my local drugstore in the week before Valentine's Day, I chanced upon this bear, draped languidly atop a display of heart-shaped chocolate boxes. The bear reminded me of something--but what? Finally, it came to me, floating up from a slide shown in a long-ago art history class, perhaps: Matisse's Odalisque à la culotte rouge. 

The bear loves you, you know. Just look: He wears his heart on his...chest.