Month: July 2011

The Road Trip Story: Kerouac is Not a Beginner

On the Road is a road trip story. (Any objections?) I’m sure the influence of this experimental novel, with its meandering structure, has been the bane of many a writing teacher’s existance. I’m basing this assumption on the fact that my writing teacher, David Keplinger, took the… Continue Reading “The Road Trip Story: Kerouac is Not a Beginner”

Lightning, the Lightning Bug, and the Price of Some of Kerouac’s Revisions

**Be forewarned, adult language/content** Mark Twain once said something like (I don’t have the direct quote in front of me): “the difference between the right word and the almost-right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Agree or disagree, Twain has a point.… Continue Reading “Lightning, the Lightning Bug, and the Price of Some of Kerouac’s Revisions”

Tuesday Post of Accountability!: Critique Week!

It’s Tuesday again! And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of… Continue Reading “Tuesday Post of Accountability!: Critique Week!”

Kerouac, The Lotus Eaters, and Star Trek

Many academic articles have been written on Kerouac and the sense of place and time evoked in On the Road. I’m sure a great part of that reason is that place and time are very integral to the format of the book – so… Continue Reading “Kerouac, The Lotus Eaters, and Star Trek”

Last night, I read my little girl three books. The night before that, her father read her two. Every night my son reads whatever Star Wars/Jacob Wonderbar/space book he can get a hold of – and just Friday he was reading to us about… Continue Reading “”

Adding Gravitas: Kerouac’s Word Choices

“Gravitas” is one of my husband’s million dollar words when he’s offering a critique. It’s a tricky word to digest when it’s thrown at you like: “This needs more gravitas.” He’s much more eloquent but, I mean, what can you do with that? Generally… Continue Reading “Adding Gravitas: Kerouac’s Word Choices”

Thursday Reviews! On the Road by Jack Kerouac (A Mentor Review!)

On the Road by Jack Kerouac My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having been on many, many, many road trips with my military family — I have to say that some of this story can be tedious. After all, spend enough time on the… Continue Reading “Thursday Reviews! On the Road by Jack Kerouac (A Mentor Review!)”

Charactouac? or Kerouacter?

“New Criticism locates meaning in the internal qualities of literary works, specifically the unity of their multiple verbal structures. as much as it values unity and convergence, New Criticism eschews authorial intent and historical context as bases for interpretation, although it allows that they… Continue Reading “Charactouac? or Kerouacter?”

Tuesday Post of Accountability: Some Hands-on Kerouac Learning

It’s Tuesday again! And every Tuesday you will be subjected to regaled by the writing progress I have made over the last week. But! I insist that I not be the only one exposing myself sounding off. Let your comments reflect what kind of… Continue Reading “Tuesday Post of Accountability: Some Hands-on Kerouac Learning”

The Great Scroll Experiment!

In honor of Kerouac, and in attempting to learn what I can about writing from him, I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon trying to create my own scroll-of-fiction. First, I gathered my paper (10 sheets…my thought process being that ten sheets of… Continue Reading “The Great Scroll Experiment!”

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