You Did It!

And if you didn’t, no worries! It’s been a hell of a week.

The first angel

This is a freewrite/sketch thing. Just playing with ideas of how otherwordly figures appear to my protagonist. - - - - - When he was five years old, Joseph saw an angel in person, though as with many things that happened in his youth, it would be some time before he...

Joseph meets the devil

One of the main relationships in my novel is between Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and the devil. I've sketched a few different ways to introduce this idea, including a dialogue scene that I'm not including here. But I am including two others. These are...

I remember

It’s daunting to remember how many things we forget and of those we remember, how many we wish we wouldn’t. Consider the wedding day for example - probably the day with the highest concentration of conflicting brain decisions for which memories to keep, crop, enhance,...

Texts and tweets

Besides the emails I sent for the January Challenge, I mostly wrote texts and tweets this week. Oh, and semester comments for my 55 ninth graders, for a total of 6,000 words. Which is low for me. And it's very likely that over half of the students don't even read...

“I assume the poem in front of us is already masterful. It is my job to support this mastery. Sometimes that mastery is hidden. There is some noise in the way or some excess. Sometimes the poem’s brilliance lies in only one phrase, the rest being a kind of protection, a kind of padding…we work to reveal that bit of clarity. We listen for it and articulate it, so that it can, in turn, speak itself.”

—Julie Carr