For me, Living in Place is all about the writing life, and it’s pretty great, especially since the invention of the web, which allows me to connect with readers without even having to get dressed.
But the tension between the need for solitude and the pitfall of loneliness is real. There are even days when I read the Help Wanted ads and think about getting a clock-punching job. But I don’t, because I’m a writer, and learning to balance solitude and loneliness is part of the job.
So I write fiction and essays in the morning, and freelance in the afternoon, when my clients are boss. Since it takes me a long time to write a novel, the essays keep me connected to my readers, who I hold very dear. But the truth is, I can’t do this alone; we all get by with a little help from our friends. Here are some ways my reading friends can help me:
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- Let’s meet! I do a fair bit of public speaking and teaching, where I meet readers face-to-face. In fact, I have a chance to teach Expository Writing for the 21st Century at Marlboro College Graduate Center this fall. Learn more about this 3-credit graduate course here, and contact me if you have interest or questions.