Fiction Daily.
A blog on writing, writers and why we read. Posted most mornings by Marion Blackburn.
In their time
Working on remarks for an upcoming event has allowed me to spend a couple of days thinking about life as a writer. Not what you might think.

They're known as bums, drifters and losers in their lifetime ... after death, they're visionary and brilliant. Call them writers. John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, is a tragic example. After his novel was repeatedly rejected, he took his own life ... the novel was published 11 years later after a campaign by his mom ... and won a Pulitzer Prize. Read it; it's wonderful.

I've also spent some time
relishing language and will post excerpts this week. I'm taking on words like "impact," "input," "quality," and "facility" ... words that have been sapped of meaning, misused and flattened.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is in Washington State surrounded by security. China has delayed opening Tibet to tourists, which was to have been opened in May.

The head of the International Olympic Committee has warned the sports event is becoming a crisis.

It has been disclosed that the so-called security surrounding the torch relay through London, Paris and San Fransisco is actually a secret, private, Chinese security force (The Sacred Flame Protection Unit). Some these guards have needlessly roughed up peaceful protesters.

This weekend, I was to travel to Rocky Mount for a former student's wedding, then work on Sunday. A good weekend from Fiction Dailyland!
2008-04-11 13:36:20 GMT
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