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Things I Can Say About MFA Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One

After eight years of teaching at the graduate level, I grew increasingly intolerant of writing designed to make the writer look smart, clever, or edgy….I told a few students over the years that their only job was to keep me entertained, and the ones who got it started to enjoy themselves, and the work got better. Those who didn’t get it were stuck on the notion that their writing was a tool designed to procure my validation. The funny thing is, if you can put your ego on the back burner and focus on giving someone a wonderful reading experience, that’s the cleverest writing.

from Ryan Boudinot’s essay, “Things I Can Say About MFA Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One“.

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Bird Crabs

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Small, pearl-gray crabs with membranous wings, often tangling in the rigging of ocean ships and considered delicacies.

 
 

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Nabby

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The ancient, cranky, superstitious cook in the Orange Tavern. No one remembers when she was young.

 
 
 

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Neil Gow’s Lamentation for the Death of His Second Wife

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is Neil Gow’s Lamentation for the Death of His Second Wife.

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christmas revels

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Murkfins

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Slimy, four-legged eels, valuable and easy to catch in spring.

 
 
 

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Twitter Fiction Festival 2015

I’m excited to be a featured author for Twitter’s Fiction Festival this May. I’ll be tweeting a murderous love story.

Please follow me at @Giganticide and I will tweet things at you.

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Town of Root

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An isolated wilderness town halfway between the major Florian settlements of Grayport and Liberty, known for its remarkable weather, flora, and fauna.

 
 

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Handel’s Sonata Op. 5, No. 4

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Handel’s Sonata Op. 5, No. 4.

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handel trios

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Song Bees

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Bees that buzz individual melodies but harmonize as a hive.

 
 

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Tom Orange

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A colonial war hero and owner of the Orange Tavern in the strange town of Root. An upright man with a temper, Tom struggles to balance private interests in his public house. He is fiercely loyal to his makeshift family.

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