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Friday, September 21, 2018

Lit & Art at the Baltimore Book Fest Inner Harbor Stage

Once again, the Lit & Art Reading Series is being featured at the Baltimore Book Festival's Inner Harbor Stage, located in the Visitors Center. The event takes place on Sunday, September 30 at high noon.

Featured at this Book Festival edition of Lit & Are are Rafael Alvarez (The Wire), Shirley Brewer (Bistro in Another Realm), Katherine Cottle (I Remain Yours), and Dave Eberhardt (For All the Saints) with live music by Red Sammy and original art by Manzar Rassouli, the event is curated and hosted by Eric D. Goodman and Nitin Jagdish.

--> The Lit & Art Reading Series has been showcasing the talents of local, regional, and national authors, poets, musicians, and artists for more than a decade.

Come to Lit & Art at the Baltimore Book Festival Inner Harbor Stage hosted by Towson University for an exciting lineup of fiction, poetry, music, and art, and discover why Lit & Art has been called the best excuse to get lit on a Sunday afternoon!  



Friday, September 07, 2018

Goodman's Little Fetal Hippie Brat

Loch Raven Review published a new review of Womb: a novel in utero. 

At first, the reviewer “found Goodman’s little fetal hippie brat to be insufferable.” 

Then he admits, “Goodman’s all-knowing fetus, is, of course, a metaphor as well. It is used by Goodman as a literary device to help convey an important message to adults: stop stressing over nonsense and return to what is essential, the power of wisdom and love. When Li Po wrote, “We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains,” he meant that, once ego is transcended, one becomes one, as it were, with the whole world. He was not advising seekers to become a pile of dirt! We should not take the great Chinese poet’s metaphor literally; similarly, we must not take the wisdom of an unborn tyke literally as well.”

Of the story beyond the premise, the reviewer wrote, “Here is where Mr. Goodman’s talent lies; he knows how to pace a story. Both Mom and Dad are Beautiful People who are in the process of learning what every fetus supposedly already knows. Yet Mom succumbs to the advances of a cad. How can a Beautiful Person ever sink so low? We find out why much later. This is but one example of the author’s ability to resolve situations gradually, and to provide the reader with just enough information to keep her turning pages with unchilled anticipation. The author certainly knows how to tell a story.”

Read Thomas Dorsett's review of Womb in the latest issue of Loch Raven Review.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Do you Wri Mo?

No, that's not me asking whether you "write more" with a bad accent. WriMo is short for NaNoWriMo, which, in turn, is short for National Novel Writing Month.

National Novel Writing Month, which takes place in November, is a time when thousands of writers attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words or more. It may sound crazy, but if you're a diciplined writer anyway, NaNoWriMo can be a good tool to motivate you to apply pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

I should know: I participated in NaNoWriMo five years in a row, from 2003 to 2007. And I was declared a winner each of those five years for completing my 50,000+ word novels. In fact, if you do a search of "NaNoWriMo" in this blog, you'll find several past references to the days (more than 10 years ago) when I participated.

By 2008, I realized I had too many rough drafts (dating to well before NaNoWriMo) and not enough polished manuscripts. I decided to focus more time on revising.

NaNoWriMo is a good exercise to get a rough draft on paper. But after NaNoWriMo ends, the real work begins: rewriting, revising, and turning your slung clay into a fine sculpture.

Tracks: A Novel in Stories and Womb: a novel in utero found their origins during those NaNoWriMo days. 

It's amazing what you can accomplish if you unplug and cast away the things that usual keep you busy for a short period of time. I discovered that to a greater degree during my residencies at The Art Institute of Chicago's Ox-Bow. During one of those 2-week stints as Ox-Bow's Writer-in Residence, I did a rewrite of Womb. During another, I wrote a 350 page rough draft of an as-of-yet unpublished novel: Setting the Family Free.

So will I be doing NaNoWriMo this year? Probably not. Because I'm going to do something that even I consider crazy. Ever heard of the Anvil 3-Day Novel contest?



Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Crickets and Dragons in Baltimore Style

While I was exploring the Baltic States, Baltimore Style Magazine published my travel story on Beijing, China. “Crickets and Dragons” is available in the print and online versions of the latest issue.

In the article, my daughter, Nicole, and I venture through modern and historic Beijing, rickshawing through the Hutong, touring Tiananmen Square, strolling through the Forbidden City, and dancing with locals in the gardens of the Summer Palace.

Music wafted down a hillside path; we climbed it and arrived at the Garden of Virtue and Harmony. A full band sounded, as dozens of seniors sang from songbooks and others danced in circles. We were pulled in and danced, hand-in-hand, in their cozy circle. Their smiles brightened our morning in a way that the smog-veiled sun did not.

Tourists and locals, in perfect harmony.

Join us and read “Crickets and Dragons” now in Baltimore Style. 


Monday, July 09, 2018

They've Got Issues (And One of Them is How Much I Read Them)

One thing the characters of these three books have in common is that they've got issues. But I've got them too. And I've read the books so I'll share them with you. Baby, they've got issues. And one of them is how much I read them.

Okay, song parodies aside, the three books by these local ladies are the subject of my most recent trio of book reviews published, online and in print, in the most recent issue of Baltimore Style Magazine.

Baltimore author Jen Michalski’s latest novel, The Summer She Was Under Water, takes place over one Fourth of July weekend in Maryland.

Leslie Pietrzyk, a frequent instructor in Johns Hopkins University’s writing program, takes us back in time to the Chicago of the 1980s in Silver Girl.

Bethesda-based best-selling writer Sarah Pekkanen teams up with Greer Hendricks, a former editor and first-time novelist, to introduce The Wife Between Us.

Enjoy my reviews of these perfect summer reads at http://baltimorestyle.com/theyve-got-issues/.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Solidarity in Gdansk

At the moment, the entire family is traveling through the Baltic States. But this time last year, a father-son adventure was taking place in Poland. Father's day is a perfect time to reflect on that.

It's likely that you've read my travel story in Baltimore Style Magazine about my father-son trip to Warsaw with a side-trip to Krakow.

But have you seen my article about our excursion to Gdansk published in Go World Travel?

Across the Baltic Sea from Scandinavia, and bordered by Germany, Lithuania, and Kaliningrad (Russia), Gdansk is a city influenced by them all. It also holds an important place on the stage of world history: Gdansk was the place where the first shots of World War II were fired, and home of the Solidarity Movement, which initiated the end of Soviet occupation across Eastern Europe.

Read all about it: check out "Solidarity in Gdansk: A Father-Son Trip in Poland" published in Go World Travel.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where to Now? The Baltic States

We've finally dusted the Moroccan and Italian dust from our shoes. That means it's time to hit the road again. Active wheels don't rust, right?

Where to next? The Baltic States.

In Latvia, we'll marvel at medieval architecture in the Old City and Old Town Square, and we'll hit the beaches, parks, and architecture in Jurmala.

In Lithuania, we'll explore Vilnius, countryside castles, and the famous Hill of Crosses.

We loved Estonia a few years back, but will most likely save it for another visit, wanting to focus on the Ls.

There's so much to see. But after a few weeks in Italy, we anticipate it being a little more laid back and less crowded.

Regardless, we'll enjoy exploring! What would you do with two weeks in Latvia and Lithuania?