Posts made in August, 2014

My Wobbly Bicycle, 78

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Archive | 8 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 78

I was supposed to meet the van at 3:45 a.m., coming back from my teaching residency. I heard a knock, thought it might be something upstairs above me, checked the peep-hole and saw nothing, went back to bed. A few minutes later, a fierce pounding on the door. This time I opened it. There was Kent, my colleague, frantic. “Fleda, the van is here! You were supposed to be downstairs 15 minutes ago!” Watch me throw on my clothes. Watch me sweep my things into my bag. Watch me stumble to the van, wild hair, no makeup, belt in my hand. I’d mis-set my clock. Chemo-brain, I guess. Stuff like...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 77

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Archive | 7 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 77

I wish to discuss the condition of non-writing. I wish to discuss the condition of non-writing as I begin a ten-day residency at the Rainier Writing Workshop, the MFA program in which I am faculty. 1. Non-writing is not writer’s block. Writer’s Block assumes a normal flood of creativity being temporarily held back by some mysterious barrier. 2. Non-writing is not willful refusal to write—an unwillingness born of insecurity (I’m not good enough) or fear (If I tell that story, god knows, I might unleash a firestorm within me). 3. Non-writing is not lack of energy, although these days...

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