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  • Whenever I get too full of myself; when I think I am “a writer” in the real sense, I have only to read some of the writings of Kathy or Burt or Ben. The word imagery they create slows my reading to a standstill while I “see” it and savor it. Only after each line has been fully examined, from all angles, can I go on to the next.

    I find that I can’t read their works at the speed I am used to. It is instilling a discipline in my reading that was never there before. I used to speed read through descriptive phrases like a knife through hot butter, to get to the meat of the story. In their works I have found those phrases to be worth slowing for. I may be able to tell a good story, but not as a writer. They are leading by their examples. I will try to learn from this humbling experience.

    If you haven’t read Kathy’s “Side Door”, do so. You’ll see what I mean.

    Back to schlepping the brains….
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