Blog entries by J.D. Ray

  1. I'm so despondent right now, the idea of being creative in any fashion is beyond me. The state my country is in is... wow... I don't even have a word for it. Nothing seems to fit. We were supposed to be the nation that the rest of the world looked up to. Oh, I know, we haven't been that in decades, but it always felt like we could get back there with a little effort. Now I'm looking for...
  2. More basement mining turned up a box of stuff, much of which I'm embarrassed that I ever wrote. Oh, what an angsty young man I was. Not all of it is bad, though; flakes of gold to pick out of the sand and mud. One of them I posted in the Workshop, a poem titled "Dear, dear John". Others I'll post as they pan out.
  3. I went rooting through the basement yesterday, sorting through boxes of junk, most of which needs to be thrown out. But rooting occasionally turns up a truffle, and I found a paper I'd written for a class in college in 1993, "Gender Studies". The assignment was to interview someone, and I chose my grandmother, who my mom had nicknamed "Charlie" (for no explicable reason); a nickname I later...
  4. Some recent feedback on my WIP said that my descriptions of new places didn't sufficiently immerse the reader in that place, so the work seemed a little flat. I asked for examples of what the reader thought were good scene descriptions, and am waiting for a response. In the meantime, I looked to the work of Rosamunde Pilcher, a famously descriptive writer. I'd never read her work, and given...
  5. I desperately want to write a witty, pithy, somewhat trite essay about all the nonsense happening in the U.S. with respect to the virus response. Or mourn for the elderly in Italy, a country with a declining population that skews unnaturally toward the aged. Or cheer for the sensibility of the governments of China and South Korea for their rapid and decent response to the situation....
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