Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fantasy

            I’m about to teach my first class in writing science fiction and fantasy and plan to ask my students what their greatest (nonsexual) fantasy is.  I’ve already kissed two of my favorites goodbye, singing on Broadway or replacing Esther … Continue reading

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Pa. Law protecting service dogs

            A law has been passed in Harrisburg and signed by the governor to protect service dogs from aggressive canines.  Apparently, a partially-sighted woman, fifteen years ago, experienced an attack on her guide dog by an unleashed dog.  This happened … Continue reading

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Rereading books 2

            When I was going blind and for a year or so after, I read many of the same books, over and over again.  In the process of losing my sight, I couldn’t finish books where it seemed that the … Continue reading

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Rereading Books When I was going blind and for a year or so after, I read many of the same books, over and over again. In the process of losing my sight, I couldn’t finish books where it seemed that the protagonist would get crushed. I needed some kind of growth or satisfying ending. Jane Austen’s books, especially Emma and Pride and Prejudice were my big rereads. Middlemarch by Eliot was another favorite. I wasn’t just writing for the story, but the style and the language and the human foibles amused me and raised my spirits.

            When I was going blind and for a year or so after, I read many of the same books, over and over again.  In the process of losing my sight, I couldn’t finish books where it seemed that the … Continue reading

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