White Paper – Wilt Thou Be My Confident?: Grief and Creation

On July 8, 1822, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley died in a boating accident. Months later, Mary Shelley wrote the following in her journal: If you ever get the chance to read the whole entry, it will break your heart. (If you're not a cold-hearted bastard, that is.) She continues to explain how the only comfort... Continue Reading →

Reading Response: Writing Wednesday

Since I'm trying out the whole "reader-response" thing in my new experiment with "Little Reviews" I thought that today might be a good time for you to share an artistic response to something...artistic. Write a little story, or a line or two, or a poem, or whatever you want to a piece of art --... Continue Reading →

Dream Sequence

Of all the books in all the world that have been inspired by dreams, Frankenstein remains the most famous. (Though Twilight did what it could to oust that.) In the introduction to the 1831 edition of Frankenstein, Shelley goes into detail about the inspiration behind the novel: her nightmare.  "When I placed my head on my pillow I... Continue Reading →

One True Sentence: Writing Wednesday

In the spirit of last week's Write Expecting to be Read: Mary Shelley’s Journals -- the prompt for today is to riff on "write what you mean, mean what you write." And we're going to do that by following the advice of another author: Ernest Hemingway. No, we're not writing drunk and editing sober. But we are... Continue Reading →

The Weight of an Infinite Sky: Introducing “Little Reviews”

For my Goodreads reading challenge this year, I decided that I would read 50 books. And, rather than write a traditional review -- which I do all the time for Criminal Element -- I thought I would create art from art. You see, after a while it's hard to critique other people's work. They've spent... Continue Reading →

Write Expecting to be Read: Mary Shelley’s Journals

When I was younger - maybe eleven or twelve - my mother told me never to write down anything I didn't want someone else to read. If I kept a diary or a journal, I needed to make sure I meant what I said. And I should never write down anything I would not say... Continue Reading →

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