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Searching for Inspiration

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I’m at a dead halt with the novel… not for lack of wanting to write, or pages for that matter. Lord knows I’ve spun out reams of outline trying to recast the ending…, no, right now I’m trying to remember what was so damned exciting about writing a novel in the first place. Wouldn’t becoming surf instructor have been more fun? And better for my silhouette?

I found this essay on the NEA website and thought I’d share a bit that helped me get a paragraph out before the darkness crowded back in.  Now I’m off to make some cookies or eat that Ben and Jerry’s Red Velvet ice cream I bought for just such a time….

National Initiatives: Operation Homecoming – Essays on Writing

In the end, writing is like a prison, an island from which you will never be released but which is a kind of paradise: the solitude, the thoughts, the incredible joy of putting into words the essence of what you for the moment understand and with your whole heart want to believe.

Written by Alyss Dixson

September 23, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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Jennifer Egan and Narrative

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Just a blip: Jennifer Egan has a new narrative piece up on The Guardian (http://ow.ly/5OxIE). I appreciate what she’s doing here to push the marginalia of writing into the center, but I’m not sure this amounts to more than an experiment. Reminded me of when POV cameras went into use in film/TV.

Written by Alyss Dixson

July 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm

A Game of Boxes

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Day 23: The packing continues. I’ve lost the rest of my party somewhere in the Kitchen Box Hills. I pray for them, but I must push on. The Battle of the Bookcases cost me dearly, and there are yet skirmishes near dawn and dusk. Ahead, I see only Desk, File Cabinet and the Valley of Death: Garage. Today I rally the last of my strength for a dash to Storage Unit to regroup.

My Prince, Kenji, has near abandoned me. I fear he’ll soon choose a new liege and then I will be truly truly lost.

— Excerpt from A Game of Boxes, forthcoming

Written by Alyss Dixson

July 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

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The Zombie Apocalypse

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I love zombie stories. The descent into dystopia, the terror and frenetic scramble for survival. The agonizing choices and emotional trauma of having loved ones turn into ravenous flesh eaters that one must decapitate. Ah. Yeah. Boy.

Apparently I’m not the only survivalist-conspiracy theorist running around. The folks over at the CDC have gotten into the act as well and published their own Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocaplyse guide. Reading this now.

Get A Kit,    Make A Plan, Be Prepared. emergency.cdc.gov

Oh, yeah, and working on the book. Which does not have any zombies in it. **sad face**

Written by Alyss Dixson

May 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Posted in Procrastination

Big Hair Day, Must Be In Jersey

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I’m traveling thru the interior of New Jersey sans hair product courtesy of American Airlines. And it’s raining.

Written by Alyss Dixson

May 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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Bangers and Mash

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When I visited England back in 2006, one of my favorite dishes was sausage and mashed potatoes with gravy. This chilly rain has me in the mood so I’m making a So Cal version with chicken sausage, organic herb gravy and small red potatoes. Looks good so far!

Written by Alyss Dixson

February 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Weather -related

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The rain is pouring down, I’ve got some music on, the dog is tucked on my lap and a movie featuring a guy I sorta-kinda-almost-went-out-with-once is on TV. He still has all his hair and his body is screaming hot. Memories.

Written by Alyss Dixson

February 20, 2011 at 4:09 am

Posted in Fantasy

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