Me and my Pusher Man

Dream about falling

Do you have a pusher? I do.  He emails me stark messages like, “Well?”  It’s not a reminder, it’s an order.  It’s also a show of faith.  He believes in me.  I don’t know why but he seems to have a vision of a PJ Reece that even I don’t have. “Outlined it yet?”  Is […]

Writing Is Impossible

Typewriter jam

“Every book has an intrinsic impossibility.” ~ Annie Dillard. I don’t mean to ruin your day.  Quite the opposite.  As a reader, I’m drawn to the impossible dilemma.  As a writer, I’m pumped by the prospect of accomplishing the impossible.  In her little book, “The Writing Life”, Ms. Dillard suggests that every novelist asks two […]

That Old Demon Muse


“We do not write because we want to; we write because we have to.” ~ Somerset Maugham We “have to” because our muses won’t leave us alone.  I’ve been struggling to write about the muse and its modus operandi—but I don’t want to bother writers with vague thoughts about inspiration.  I even did a little […]

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