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Jim Tomlinson
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So I've been away from G+ (most social media actually) for most of two years. Have missed it more than I expected. But I've come away with a novel manuscript in the bargain, which was the main idea in the first place. So all is good.
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Thanks, Gin!
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Jennifer Egan on persistence and failure, knowing when to cut your losses and when to push on through. Writing inspiration for this dreary Saturday morning....
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This made me smile. Maybe it'll do the same for you.
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Five people playing one guitar.
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The brilliant James Wood's review in the current issue of The New Yorker on John Jeremiah Sullivan's new collection of essays, Pulphead. Good reading all around...
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http://www.nea.gov/grants/recent/12grants/litFellows.php

Ben Percy and Tayari Jones are among this year's NEA Literature Fellowship recipients. Congratulations to all!
NEA: 2010 GRANT AWARDS: Literature Fellowships: Creative Writing (Prose)
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This grant system should be torched as a corrupt elitist dog and pony show.
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#whyiwrite - I write to search out the heart of the matter.
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yes, Shelly, that too!
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It's been pointed out to me that a stranger looking in at my google plus page won't see most of what I've been posting. "Extended circles" doesn't cut it. From now on, I'll post writing stuff etc. as "public", so those browsing about will see something more than a mostly blank wall with a rare post or two.
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Oh good! Because otherwise I wouldn't have seen this and might not have circled back!
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Perspectives on writing and on the many shadings of what's true and what's truth. Well worth the reading....
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I loved this essay/story. I just sent it to my mother, too, who will enjoy it. Thank you for posting, Jim.
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So far this has been the winter without snow. Now first flowers are venturing forth, thinking maybe 63F and sunshine means it's spring?
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It's January 31st and it's 63 degrees here. Unbelievable! Just got back from a four mile walk and discovered our crocus in bloom! I would be more than satisfied if the weather would stay like this the rest of the winter, but I know better than to hope for that. We're going to get sucker punched by Mother Nature, I just know it. (I didn't realize there was a fly on the flower until I pulled the shot off the camera. Really should have saved this for...what is it... #BuggyFriday ?)
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Our cat, hanging out, last summer.
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Almost nap time.

#Caturday Curated by +Lee Daniels and +Christophe Friedli
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"Here is how I mean it when I say that the doubt you feel is your talent: the whole feeling stems from having the ear in the first place to be able to tell when it isn't singing as you want it to; it comes from hearing how far it is from the way you hope to make it sound. You can hear the difference because you have the talent, the ear. And, because the piece takes its slow sweet hard time getting right, you feel that fact as evidence that you can't do it or won't be able to do it; you look at the work of others, who also did it seventy-five times to get it right, and you can't escape the sense that their smooth elegant lines are how it arrived the first time for them--whole cloth, as printed. So you turn that on yourself and start feeling it won't ever be good enough, and the doubt sweeps in. Just do the day's work. A little at a time. And then take yourself elsewhere in your life until the next day's work." ~ Richard Bausch
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Bausch's writing advice is always so spot-on.
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Gin took the photos, but I was on the hike with her, and so I'm sharing her gorgeous pix....
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I'm fortunate that the Pinnacle trails are just three miles from where I live. It's a great place to hike...gorgeous scenery, spectacular rock bluffs, challenging trails. I did the East Pinnacle trail twice last week looking for fall colors. These are the shots from the second hike on the 12th. Not much change in color between the 9th and 12th, but the rain between the two dates had taken some of the leaves down.
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Fiction writer, winner 2006 Iowa Short Fiction Award, author of two books of short fiction, now working in the longer form.
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Things Kept, Things Left Behind (2006 Iowa Short Fiction Award), Nothing Like An Ocean (Univ. Press of Kentucky), 2008 NEA Literature Fellowship.
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