Surprise: Your Draft is a Zero

Hold on a minute. I didn't say the draft was terrible. I said it was a "zero." That is totally different ... and useful to understand. I found this idea in the pages of the late great Peter Drucker, venerable founder of modern management, in an essay of his called "Know Your Time." The essay … Continue reading Surprise: Your Draft is a Zero

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Why the ‘Siren’ Changed Her Name to IC

I've been blogging on my own site since 2012. Why did it take me so long? My day job as deputy book review editor of the Los Angeles Times was full of writing and blogging. When I left the paper, I missed seeing my words in print. I didn't just miss it--I felt like I … Continue reading Why the ‘Siren’ Changed Her Name to IC

‘So here, now, is my testament’: Q & A with poet Raymond Jacobs

  Who is willing to write long-form poetry anymore?  Most of the books on the poetry shelves in your local bookstore are skinny -- unless it's a "collected works" edition of an established poet's writing. Poetry has always been a risky market -- risky for publishers -- and today the prospects for poets seem more … Continue reading ‘So here, now, is my testament’: Q & A with poet Raymond Jacobs