íve been a journalist for most of my career and it took me many years to realize that fiction is more real than nonfiction. A reporter touches on a life and moves on, untouched, leaving others to shed the tearsand to dry them. It wasnít until I began writing fiction that I learned that emotion is the connective tissue that gives facts their meaning. Standing on the sidelines writing things down taught me to observe and describe and to ignore the small, inconvenient details that almost always tell the true story.
You can find other stories of mine on-line at Carve magazine, Outsider Ink, Mindprints, and EWG Presents.
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- I won't hurt you, little bird. All I had to do was close my fingers into a fist and squeeze until I heard the bones crack. Date: 09/1/03
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