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Jan M. Leotti
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You Can’t Look At This Rawness Directly
Enough celebrating now. I’ve taken off long enough to enjoy a little down time, and now I’m back to work. After a win I need time to reflect on where I’m going as an artist. I feel this way after a loss, too, sometimes even more urgently. The desire is, of ...
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End of Orchid Blooming Season
I'm always a little blue when my orchid blooms start to die off, usually around June and July: Some of my earliest bloomers are already finished and already strengthening their roots and sending out new leaves, as seen in the photos below: But some of my or...
End of Orchid Blooming Season
End of Orchid Blooming Season
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Published! My short story "Horizon!" - Now back to work
I’m excited to announce my short story “Horizon” has been published in the June issue of Peregrine, the literary journal of Amherst Writers & Artists. Peregrine was one of the first journals to publish my writing back in 2000, and it’s always nice to return...
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Dragons!
A painting I did called "Summoning Fire" Thinking of the forces of nature makes me think of dragons. They have been on my mind lately, and I think when a dragon fills your imagination it means a big life-shift is coming. Throughout the ages dragons have bee...
Dragons!
Dragons!
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Saying What You Want To Say Without Saying It
I love reading literary fiction with all its symbols and themes and beautifully constructed sentences. I like digging for meaning, and it’s true, I sometimes don’t get what the writer is trying to say because something isn’t connecting for me. I get frustra...
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Discovering A New Writer
There is nothing better than discovering a new writer, and the way I discovered Ivan Turgenev was through a back door. I’d never read any of his novels, short stories or plays, but a few weeks ago I picked up a book titled Vampire Stories edited by Richard ...
Discovering A New Writer
Discovering A New Writer
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Linksy Day!
Keeping up with the publishing business can be time consuming. Of course, it’s necessary, but sometimes I don’t have time to research and read all the articles that appear in one day, never mind in one week. I appreciate those people who do this for others,...
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Appreciating Writer Nancy Lord
One of the most haunting collections of stories I’ve ever read is by an author named Nancy Lord. The collection is titled SURVIVAL , and all the stories illuminate the struggles of life in Alaska. I’ve never been, so I’m sure my ideas about this state are r...
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Pacing Character Feelings
I began exploring the pace of feelings in my stories after I was told by two editors on two separate occasions that I need to slow the arc of my characters’ feelings. One editor put it this way: Human beings feel many different emotions in minutes, but in a...
Pacing Character Feelings
Pacing Character Feelings
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Crush of Spring
See below for link to image. Thanks! I wanted to post something creative tonight. According to the calendar, Spring is already here, but New York has been hit by a cold snap, wreaking havoc with budding flowers and trees. But let’s think warm weather, and m...
Crush of Spring
Crush of Spring
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