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Adventures in Writing, Reading & Book Culture

Steamed Corncob and Tomato-Curried Cauliflower

“Don’t pick your teeth.”
“I used the last of my floss yesterday. Do you have some.”
“Yes, I do.”
“Then can I borrow some?”
“Borrow? I don’t want it back once you’ve used it!”
“Lend, then. Will you lend me some floss? Please!”
“Here.”
“What’s this?”
“What do you mean?”
“This isn’t enough to strangle a flea with.”
“Well what do you want? You’re not hanging laundry, are you?”

Characters “speak” in all manner and fashion. Words convey emotions. Phrases highlight the idiomatic nature character differences. Likewise, the idiosyncrasies of your characters present a wonderful opportunity for play — between each other, but also with the audience.

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

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