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Help. I've run out of ideas. I'll never write again.

I’ve just sat down to write a blog post about my recent tough writing patch. About how a busy work and life period has left me unable to scrape the barrel of my mind for any words or stories. 310 more words

Writing Inspiration

Man Under Sentence of Death: The Novels of James M. Cain

by Joyce Carol Oates

Originally published in Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties, edited by David Madden. Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press: 1968.

A world immense with freedom, women hellish and infantile by turns, money, power, the tantalizing promise of adventure—these are the common elements of James M. 6,830 more words

Joyce Carol Oates

Inspired by Joyce Carol Oates

It is over three months since I saw Joyce Carol Oates talk at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. On 26 August, Michael Cathcart interviewed her in his benign and unpretentious manner, but was not a good match for her incisive intellect and wit, and the glassy Deakin Edge venue echoed nastily. 384 more words

Enough Books to Sink a Boat (Part 1)

For reasons I explain here, I’ve been off this blog. It’s been an unexpected but also joyful time. I think the most common blog post on the internet is the one in which a blogger explains a long absence. 557 more words

Blog Post

The Sign Of The Beast by Joyce Carol Oates

The National Book Award–winning and New York Times bestselling master of psychological suspense returns with the story of a young boy’s sexual awareness disturbed by cruelty, obsession, and rage. 257 more words

Book Review

Poetry Sometimes Puts a Dollop of Grim on our Plate!

EXSANGUINATIONS by Joyce Carol Oates

Life as it unspools
Ever more eludes

We wonder what is best—
Exsanguination in a rush
Or in a 1,000 small slashes.
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