Category Archives: fantasy

Is Confidence Necessary?

I am at an age where I look back on my younger self with great tenderness. I wonder what happened so early in my childhood that my confidence was completely wiped out. There are of course institutions and people to … Continue reading

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Living in Fear

I have been living in fear. I am afraid of my public life. I am afraid of what it might mean to be known for what I do and recognized. I am afraid of what it might mean to not … Continue reading

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The Value of Play

Dear Nancy Your pre-writing walks along the river sound glorious, and so does your description of your childhood “moodling” time in the woods.  As a child, I also walked in the woods.  It was a great solace to me, and … Continue reading

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Dear Karen, I laughed out loud reading your letter, not because of what you said, but because of the man who said to you, “The more you learn, the more you say.” Really? Would someone really say that without seeing … Continue reading

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Learning to play

Dear Nancy: I want to write about play, you said in your last letter, and how you miss it more than anything. I think I have always missed it, really. I wasn’t allowed to play when I was little.  That … Continue reading

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Dear Karen, I hear you are at the ocean this week, and that you plan to send me some seashells. Nothing would please me more, except being there with you.  When I fist began imagining my writing life I was … Continue reading

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Dear Karen, It’s funny that your last letter to me should be about praise, and then less than a week later I find out you’re the Hollins Writer in Residence for 2014.  Congratulations! You deserve this praise and more. Sometimes … Continue reading

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