Another cool thing featured on the site: Flickr photos from Muse & the Marketplace 2010 — and yours truly is featured in a handful.
Photos were taken by Alonso Nichols.
Above and below: Talking with Joan FitzGerald. We sat next to each other at a lunch during Muse 2009, too. I like these photos, the one below especially, because it’s photographic evidence that I can be engaging, and engaged, in a conversation. 🙂
Above and below: I’m standing with the gray shirt and black netbook bag strap. Below, it looks like that might be Sally Bunch sitting down in the black and white dress. We followed each other on Twitter since then, but only officially met at Literary Death Match in Cambridge last month.
Below, I finally meet Crystal King, the blonde in the black shirt, whom I followed on Twitter since Muse 2009. At right is Stacey Resnikoff, whom I also bumped into at Literary Death Match last month, when she was kind enough to give me and my wife a ride from her parking garage to ours, a quarter of a mile away, in the below-zero temps.
Below: Nice photo, but probably the worst one of me.
Below are just some random cool shots that I added to my Flickr favorites.
Above: Chuck Palahniuk, at left, was the guest speaker. At his table is writer Amy Hempel, whom he described as a god, and Bret Anthony Johnson.
Above: Benjamin Percy. With a voice inhabiting the unlikely offspring of John Wayne and Optimus Prime, Percy captivated the class with his expertly written story of how the mere thought of the movie “Toy Story” agonizingly claws at his core. I since saw the same article, “Consider the Orange: Writing Meaningful Repetition” in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Poets & Writers magazine. I bought his short story collection, “Refresh, Refresh,” the fantastic title story of which I hear is planned to be a movie, and I’m about a quarter of my way through it. (Just read the story, “The Killing,” which has an interesting ending.)
This was an unexpected look back at Grub Street’s Muse & the Marketplace 2010. Since then, I’ve taken two fantastic classes with instructor Tim Horvath, as well as day-long or night classes with Tara Masih, Amy Yelin and Ethan Gilsdorf, among others.
All have contributed to my honing my skills as a writer. Networking with fellow writers, whether in class, on Twitter or Facebook, through this and other blogs, or random meetings at bloodless death matches, I am finding to be an essential aspect of a budding writer’s world. As Palahniuk said in his keynote speech last May, some of his best work has come from going out and socializing rather than sitting at home in front of his computer all day.
And while I plan to make this year count, by taking the material that I produced over the last year and polishing it, and most importantly submitting it, to literary journals or online literary magazines, I surmise that part of a successful writing career would benefit from getting out there, bumping into people, not being afraid of opportunities that may present themselves.