Writing Good Dialogue

Ibsen used to say, about writing plays, that in the first draft your characters are strangers. In the second draft they are friends, and by the third they are close family.

– Charles Harris, from 9 Steps to Writing Dialogue with Rich Subtext.

Charles Harris has a lovely piece on writing dialogue that has subtext. [continue reading …]

Judge me, please!

Write reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and your book site!

While I’m a firm advocate of leaving judgement off the yoga mat, in the publishing world, reviews by readers are essential. If you happen to read one of my books, please do me the honor of commenting about it on the book’s page at Amazon.com, [continue reading …]

Smiling this week

We’ve been smiling all week in class, using the ISHTA Inner Smile meditation. Come join me in asana classes or Saturday morning for meditation. Or if you’re a guy intimidated by all the flexy girls in classes, check in on Sunday for my Man to Man: Yoga for the Average Guy workshop. You’ll be lookin’ [continue reading …]

Man to Man: Yoga for the Average Guy

Most of the women I know who practice yoga come to it for the way it makes them feel:

Less stressed More comfortable in their bodies Empowered to address things they’d like to improve

Most men I know would love to feel the same things; and the men who practice yoga do!

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And then there' the trilby

I’ve been doing a little research on James Bond for a new book (no not a spy thriller), and learned the name of the hat everyone has been wearing for the last four years: the trilby. Here’s a fun blog post about them, and why everyone shouldn’t be wearing them. Except, by the author’s critique, [continue reading …]

On the Washington Metro

a short story, by Peter Ferko

On my subway car in the Nation’s Capital, I face ahead as a man behind resists belligerent calls from a fellow passenger to release the doors and much harrumphing from my car mates. The recorded voice once again presumes cooperation as it states, “Doors closing,” while in [continue reading …]

Hardwick: Tone vs. Plot

I love the Paris Review’s interviews. Their tweets pull such juicy quotes that I want to read them all, and then the interviews are so good that I want to read all the authors’ books (which I usually haven’t).

Here’s a great answer from the interview with Elizabeth Hardwick:

I don’t have many plots [continue reading …]

KG does yoga

Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Garnett uses yoga, even though he can’t do some of the poses. Wanna give it a try in a nonjudgmental setting? Join my workshop 6/14 in NYC. Sign up here (or get your guy to come): ISHTA Yoga.

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the trouble with old dog/new tricks

I’m sure the intern, volunteer, or president of Integral had the best intentions trying to build a presence on twitter, but ya gotta watch for style, content, appropriateness (or perhaps this tweet’s a hack). It made me smile to think of the Swami instructing us about autocorrect, though!

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Birth of Christ (consciousness)

Paramahansa Yogananda on the meaning of Christmas:

In these twenty centuries Christmas has been celebrated 1,935 times—yet how few have realized the true significance of the birth of Jesus! Every year, God and the angels recognize this occasion with celestial celebrations for the good of all. So let each one of you, by prior weeks [continue reading …]

 

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