Distance One-on-One Manuscript Consultation Proposal
A Month By Mail, Focused Completely On Your Work!
Week 1: I receive and focus on a close reading of your manuscript.
Week 2: I will closely read a second time, this time making line by line editorial comments, returning the line-edited manuscript to you, and a detailed 6-8 page letter with initial response and suggestions by mail at the end of the first week. Upon your receipt of the manuscript, we’ll have an initial phone call (these usually last around 2 hours) to discuss those suggested edits, focusing that first week primarily on characterization, consistency, voice, the perceived goals of the narrative.
Week 3: I’ll compose a second detailed letter, this time focusing on structure and control of the narrative throughline, as well as any other elements I see presenting in the submitted work. This I’ll email to you by midweek, and again, we can schedule a phone meeting at week’s end to address this second editorial run through.
Week 4: I’ll ask that you send to me a list of your questions or comments early in the week, which I’ll address in writing, as well as sending you another detailed critique letter, focused on language and new ways of understanding and crafting voice and storytelling. We’ll finish with a third phone meeting to tie up any loose ends, address any remaining questions you might have on the critique provided.
So that’s Full Line Edits, Three Critique Letters, and Three Phone Meetings.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote and scheduling.
Happy National Poetry Month!!! Let’s get that write on!
Wanta play Poem a Day? Or Flash? Or micromemoir?
Instead of the Daily Prompt Love, I’ve posted 15 Brand New Prompts all together for a Poetry Month celebration! Write whatever you want–poem a day, flash, microessays!
I’ll add 15 more in a couple of weeks to finish out the month’s celebration!
Join us over in the Better Than Black Friday Writing Group on Facebook for some poem a day, or whenever prompted action
Party on, writers!
17 March 2018
Make art about the ancestors.
18 March 2018
Make art about a chance encounter with a stranger.
19 March 2018
Make art waking caught still in a dream.
15 March 2018
Make art about what the light reveals.
16 March 2018
“Do the transformations of memory
become the changing lines of divination?
Is the continuum of a moment a red
poppy blooming by a fence?” – Arthur Sze
Make art about the transformation of memory.
14 March 2018
Make art about what the raven said.
Geographer Otto Schlüter is credited with having first formally used “cultural landscape” as an academic term in the early 20th century. He defined two forms of landscape: the Urlandschaft (transl. original landscape) or landscape that existed before major human induced changes and the Kulturlandschaft (transl. ‘cultural landscape’) a landscape created by human culture. The major task of geography was to trace the changes in these two landscapes.
It was Carl O. Sauer, a human geographer, who was probably the most influential in promoting and developing the idea of cultural landscapes. Sauer was determined to stress the agency of culture as a force in shaping the visible features of the Earth’s surface in delimited areas. Within his definition, the physical environment retains a central significance, as the medium with and through which human cultures act. His classic definition of a ‘cultural landscape’ reads as follows:
“The cultural landscape is fashioned from a natural landscape by a cultural group. Culture is the agent, the natural area is the medium, the cultural landscape is the result.”
A 2006 academic review of the combined efforts of the World Heritage Committee, multiple specialists around the world, and nations to update and apply the concept of ‘cultural landscapes’, observed and concluded that:
“Although the concept of landscape has been unhooked for some time from its original art associations … there is still a dominant view of landscapes as an inscribed surface, akin to a map or a text, from which cultural meaning and social forms can simply be read.”
Make art about a cultural landscape, on reading cultural meaning in the shaping of land.
1 March 2018
“By cleansing your mind, your soul will shine through you.”-Yogi Bhajan
Make art about cleansing.
27 February 2018
Make art about telling or hearing from someone these so-important words.
28 February 2018
Yesterday I had a talk with my students, one I have with all of my classes at some point in the semester, a reminder that it’s okay to ask for help.
Make art about asking for help.