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Vol. 91, The Wisdom of the Ages

Posted on 28 March 2013

In many artist circles we are obsessively focused on talent. Who is more talented than who. What less talented artist achieved more fame and notoriety than another more talented artist. Becoming older, I realize the importance of other factors. Hard work is an easy one, but a commitment to completion, a willingness to put your… »

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Vol. 90, Reconciling Fantasy With Reality

Posted on 12 March 2013

These are exciting times. I’m writing a novel. I’m not “working” on a novel, I’m not “restructuring” my novel. I’m not doing some interminably long project, I’m writing a novel. I’ve always deeply felt the limitations to me writing a novel. All of these limitations were real, but underneath my issues was a willingness to… »

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Vol. 89, Secrets to Continuing On

Posted on 6 March 2013

Award Announcement I few days ago, I received the wonderful news that Ancient, Ancient won the 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. award: www.tiptree.org. Part of the prize is all-expenses paid to attend Wiscon, the feminist science fiction conference I went to last year. Last year another Aqueduct author, Andrea Hairston, was the winner of the Tiptree…. »

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Vol. 88, The Rippling Effect of Art

Posted on 27 February 2013

I think as artists, sometimes in our more bitter moments, we might think, what are we getting out of this? If we aren’t getting money, fame or attention, we think, what’s the point? But art doesn’t work like that. Art is not linear; it doesn’t have a straight line of cause and effect. It ripples… »

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Vol. 87, Unearthing Hidden Gems

Posted on 9 February 2013

I am a reader who reads across genres and I write across genres too. Now that I have debuted with a book of speculative stories, I have been wrestling with what to do next. This wrestling is not just being done on a logistical level but on a psycho-emotional level as well. Having created a… »

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Vol. 86, Conversations With the Muse

Posted on 24 November 2012

The week of the hurricane brought me an unplanned week off during which I worked steadily on a painting that I was doing for an upcoming auction. I didn’t recognize it as a rich opportunity to write until four or five days had passed. At which point, the muse tapped me on the shoulder. The… »

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Vol. 85, Art and Activism with Ava DuVernay’s The Middle of Nowhere

Posted on 10 October 2012

This past Friday night I attended Imagenation’s panel Art & Activism featuring the Sundance-award winning Middle of Nowhere. First, a word about Imagenation. Imagenation was founded by Moikgantsi Kgama and when I moved to New York in the mid-90s Imagenation was holding monthly film events as part of the crazy explosion of arts that was… »

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Vol. 84, Keeping Integrity

Posted on 7 October 2012

“A lack of integrity does not imply that one is a “bad” person. A lack of integrity simply suggests that one is being an inconsistent person—and an inconsistent person is a disempowered person. Whenever there is a contradiction within the self—a lack of wholeness and congruence—there is a fragmentation and its resulting sense of angst…. »

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Vol. 83, Daring to Try Again

Posted on 20 September 2012

During my time in New Orleans, a friend from high school brought photos from our childhood. It showed me–more clearly than ever–that our lives are ripe with fodder for fiction. I have mentioned more than once how the need to write a novel has been panting at my neck. I’ve been going in dizzying mental… »

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Vol. 82, Have You Been Seen?

Posted on 17 August 2012

On a television show I was recently watching, there was a curvy girl trying out for a ballet summer program. She got cut almost immediately. Her ballet teacher gave her a wig and told her to go audition again under another name. She got cut quickly again. Her ballet teacher sent her in again under… »

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