Archive for the ‘Willie Earle novel’ Category

My Apologies for Shooting a Blank Yesterday!

July 22nd, 2014 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Willie Earle novel | 6 Comments

Dear Blog subscribers:

I apologize for the errant email that Mailchimp sent you yesterday. I’m having my website transferred to GoDaddy, and a new version of WordPress installed. According to my guy Cory, an old plug-in (don’t ask me–I don’t know a plug-in from a bathtub stopper) triggered Mailchimp to post the notice that the new WordPress sent–not just to me, but to all of you. Hello World indeed! Sorry!

Cory is Cory Laux at and he’s swell. If you need a website or help with WordPress, I recommend him. He knows a widget from a washer and communicates … Read More

Unplugged: A Writing Retreat at Clare’s Well

June 16th, 2014 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Process, Willie Earle novel | 24 Comments

Clare's Well

Clare’s Well 

I just spent four nights at Clare’s Well, a Franciscan Sisters’ Spirituality Farm in Annandale, MN, about sixty miles from the Twin Cities. For the time I was there, I was unplugged, in more ways than one. There was no Internet in my “hermitage,” though there is in the main farmhouse, where the nuns who run the place live. I went to get away from email and Internet, from TV, newspapers, news, music, airplanes passing overhead, traffic, city life, cooking and cleaning, my husband and dog, and most of all my distracted, busy self. I went there … Read More

“APING” Guy Kawasaki with a Little Crowdsourcing of my Own

March 25th, 2013 | Blog, Process, Willie Earle novel | 8 Comments

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Kawasaki and Welch

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Kawasaki and Welch 

I listened to a webinar this past week on by Guy Kawasaki, who is BIG right now for his (self-published) book (along with Shawn Welch) on self-publishing: APE:  Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur.  I found the talk superficial and simplistic but maybe you get what you pay for (it was free).  I can’t judge the book by a 30 minute webinar, but Kawasaki is one smart guy, “chief evangelist for Apple” (what does that mean?  Is that an actual job?), author of 12 books, including Enchantment: The Art of Changing Read More

A Trip Back to Greenville, S.C.

April 12th, 2011 | Blog, Musings/Reminiscences, Willie Earle novel | 0 Comments

Edith on her porch

I’m back from my rich and wonderful week in the town where I grew up, Greenville, S.C. I was there to research a possible new novel (described in a previous blog post; look for “Willie Earle”) but of course being in Greenville feeds my soul, not to mention my stomach. I ate lots of grits, collards, blackeyed peas, fried chicken, barbeque, fried chicken livers, and Duke Sandwiches (which date back to 1917 in Greenville!). These are little no-count sandwiches on white bread (though Duke’s has caved by putting some of them on wheat bread, but … Read More

Here at Hambidge #3: Willie Earle, Rebecca West, and Professor Will Gravely

March 25th, 2011 | Blog, Hambidge Writers' Residency, Willie Earle novel | 2 Comments

The project I’m working on while I’m on a writing residency at Hambidge in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a new novel (still a gleam in my eye) based on a lynching incident in my hometown of Greenville, S.C. in 1947. A twenty-four year old black man, Willie Earle, was arrested for the robbery and stabbing death of a white taxi cab driver, Thomas Watson Brown, taken from the Pickens County jail near Greenville by a mob of thirty or more white taxi cab drivers, driven to the woods nearby, and beaten, stabbed and shot twice with a shot gun. … Read More