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Great stuff straight from Robert Olen Butler

Posted by nancyfreund11 on July 6, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)

A week ago in Portugal, I attended Robert Olen Butler’s workshop at the 15th International Conference on the Short Story in English. (Google it. Truly remarkable thing, every two years... ok, wait – here). He sat at the head of a large table in a University of Lisbon classroom – terrible...

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Poetry is Conversation

Posted by nancyfreund11 on February 24, 2017 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Poetry, like music, is a conversation. I love a good, quiet one-on-one, whether it’s in the coat room near a busy party or a corridor outside a classroom, or sitting on a big slab of warm mountain rock after a hike, and all the others are settled in elsewhere with their open backpacks and bottles of water. Sometimes the most important things are said just outside the perimeter, the lovely periphery, and sometimes just in passing. Often, the important con...

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The Literary Agent Gong Show

Posted by nancyfreund11 on February 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (1)


I’ve got thick skin! After thousands of rejections on my way to various publications, I’ve developed a pretty good ability to constructively receive criticism of all kinds. I’m no scaredy cat. Still, every time you step up to ask for feedback on your creative work, you have to suck in a deep breath and prepare.


Literar...

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Then What the Hell's a Poem For?

Posted by nancyfreund11 on February 5, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (9)

 

Lufthansa Flight Home, Airport Lounge

Nancy Freund


Dried apricot, smoked Gouda

She let me wash her hands

Cabernet Sauvignon

When the water finally warmed,

she smiled and said ooh…

Big fat raisins

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Dreams, goals, and saving small lives

Posted by nancyfreund11 on December 31, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Last day of 2016 – time to throw in the towel. According to Goodreads, I’m four books shy of my reading goal, and although I’m actually in the middle of five books, I’m not going to rush to finish any of them. Having been whacked over the head way too many times recently by the word CONTENT, my New Year’s Resolution is now to avoid consuming co...

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Distance, Disorder, Chaos, Connection and Gifts

Posted by nancyfreund11 on November 26, 2016 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)



Turkey Day. No turkey for me, but huge, humongous gratitude. First of all, I married my guy on Thanksgiving Day, 25 years ago, and that’s the utmost. He’s on his way home this weekend, and I’m grateful that he’ll be here, and grateful that we have figured out a way to make the distance work when there’s distance. Everybody has distance of on...

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Conflation of Asides

Posted by nancyfreund11 on November 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Conflation of Asides.

I’ve been insane with abundance. I’ve got 20 minutes before my great friend, great writer friend, I might say, but great friend Michelle and her husband are due to pick me up to go out for Thai food at the place that once gave me all the purple orchids from their tables because it was my birthday, and I love that place, and it’s right next door to the King Size pub w...

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TMI

Posted by nancyfreund11 on November 17, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Some people believe there’s no such thing as too much information, but I’d say it depends on the category. For example, I love a certain level of gross. Last week at my folks’ house in California we had Jake the awesome pesticide guy help us out with what we lear...

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Is It Worth it, Let Me Work It

Posted by nancyfreund11 on October 31, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Reverse it.


Talked to my brilliant, brilliant (truly genius) expat friend who went to Stanford B-school, and she gave me an awesome tip. Flip it up and reverse it.


Now if you haven’t clicked it yet, click Missy, so you can play her while I’m telling you the deal. And don...

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Planting Trees

Posted by nancyfreund11 on May 8, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

When's the best time to plant a tree?  Twenty years ago.  Or if you didn't do it then, TODAY.


I KNOW it would have been smart to organize my email list like I used to keep my old-fashioned address book when I was a kid.  I hate losing track of friends -- always have -- so I was the kid at summer camp who made sure the directory was up-to-date before we all scattered to our homes at the end of our sessions.  I ma...

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