Andromeda Romano-Lax

Andromeda: Pull-outs, Pilot Bread, a party and a panel

So, Borders is pulling out of its South Anchorage location and shuttering about 200 stores nationwide over the next few weeks. It’s not unexpected, and for years, I felt torn between the big-box bookstores and our smaller indies, but not so torn that I failed to spend hundreds of dollars in the conveniently located store, …

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Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

49 Writers is spreading its wings beyond the Anchorage area! Last Tuesday’s ‘Resolve To Write’ event in Homer, co-ordinated by Miranda Weiss, had a great attendance of around 15. Writers of all stripes connected over burger and brew at Alice’s Champagne Palace, received an insider preview and some background stories about Nancy Lord’s new book, …

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Andromeda: The problem with faulty metaphors — on avalanches and editing

Two weeks ago precisely, I mentioned that I was busy getting my husband and 12-year-old daughter out the door for a winter camping trip — one they were doing for school-related reasons. (In other words, this was not my husband’s idea of fun, nor was the timing ideal.) Blogging is not like methodical essay-writing. Hurrying …

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Ela: 49 Writers Weekly Round-up

Andromeda Romano-Lax and Deb Vanasse will be talking about the 49 Alaska Writing Center at the next Alaska Professional Communicators’ Luncheon, Thursday November 4 at 11:30, at Kinley’s Restaurant. Lunch is $19 for guests, $25 for members. The APC website has details. If you read us regularly, you may recognize our upcoming courses: Flash Fiction …

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Andromeda: Writing as healing

Why do we write? Many answers to that question, but today’s focus: healing. I credit my writing group (hi Doug!) for sending this to my attention, and many newspaper readers will recognize it as well. This week, David Brooks wrote an NYT op-ed about Fanny Burney’s ghastly account of her 1811 mastectomy without anesthesia. What …

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Andromeda: MFA highlights and the perils of workshopping, with thoughts on Jeffrey Eugenides

I returned from my first MFA residency two weeks ago, but haven’t blogged about it: in part because we have so many great contributors who fill our pages; in part because I’m still processing what I experienced; in part because too much happened to cover in a single blogpost of reasonable length. (So she explained, …

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