Poetry

Poetry and Regret: Louise Glück’s ‘Myth of Innocence’

In honor of Louise Glück’s birthday (April 22), I want to share one of my favorite poems of her’s: “The Myth of Innocence”. This poem comes from Averno, a collection of Glück’s works based on the idea of “Avernus”, the place that the ancient Romans believed held the entrance to the underworld. In addition to the video above,… Continue reading Poetry and Regret: Louise Glück’s ‘Myth of Innocence’

writing

Writing Week in Review: 3/11-3/17

The brain is a strange beast. This spring mine would rather write snippets from a thousand different stories than it would focus on one. I have a theory about that. Writing particular scenes is more rewarding on a neurological level. We want to write those portions because it feels good, feels better than good to… Continue reading Writing Week in Review: 3/11-3/17

writing

Writing Week in Review: 2/11-2/17

Last week I mentioned that I write in a scattered manner and pluck scenes from various places in the story. This week I continued that pattern and focused on writing the ending of my current work in progress. It hardly seemed to matter that I haven’t written all of the story’s innards yet; my brain… Continue reading Writing Week in Review: 2/11-2/17

writing

Writing Week in Review: 2/4-2/10

Writing is like constructing a jigsaw puzzle. For me, it is at any rate. Though I know the most efficient method is to find the corner pieces, put together the edges, and then, only then, begin working on the insides, sometimes I can’t help myself. Sometimes I begin constructing the puzzle in the wrong way.… Continue reading Writing Week in Review: 2/4-2/10

Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’

“The alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus. The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who knelt daily beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty. He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’

books · resources

Free Online Course on Fairy Tales

Fairy tales have carved their way into the contemporary zeitgeist. Even if people don’t remember all of the plot points in “Thumbelina”, “The Princess and the Pea”, or “The Little Mermaid”, they recognize the names and themes from them. But fairy tales have a long history. They developed long before the Disney Renaissance of 1989-1999 and… Continue reading Free Online Course on Fairy Tales