A Couple of Writers Blog

The Fall of Roe

The Fall of Roe

Roe has fallen. After nearly 50 years, the United States Supreme Court has struck down Roe v. Wade, perhaps the most infamous Supreme Court case in U.S. history. I can’t quite remember when I first heard the name of this case from January 1973, but I believe it was my...

No Matter How Small

No Matter How Small

Our oldest daughter, Mary, is preparing for theater camp this summer, where she and the other children will perform Seussical, the Musical. Yesterday she played the soundtrack to the musical and we heard Horton belt: “A person’s a person, no matter how small!”...

Lessons from White as Silence, Red as Song

Lessons from White as Silence, Red as Song

In White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia, Leo sees his world in color. Every emotion is a color in the mind of this sixteen year old boy. Red is passion and life. Red is the color of Beatrice’s hair, the girl in his grade with whom he’s desperately in...

I Do the Very Thing I Hate

I Do the Very Thing I Hate

Is the goodness of literature, like music and any other art, in the eye of the beholder? I’ve struggled recently. I love to listen to music: when I’m writing, when I’m working, when I’m doing the dishes, when I’m driving—whenever. However, sometimes I grow weary of...

Hope in a Dystopian World

Hope in a Dystopian World

“I feel like I’m living in a dystopian novel,” I said to my husband one day in March 2020. That was when my world, like yours, came to a dramatic halt. A universal shut-down, imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, became an unprecedented experience for our...

Why Do I Write?

Why Do I Write?

As is the case with most endeavors in life, it’s helpful to have some kind of an end goal when you embark upon a new pursuit. Well, the other day I began to contemplate my motivations for writing fiction.  It wasn’t an existential meltdown, by any means: a “Whyyy am I...

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