Monday Jul 22

KarenStefano-2015 “When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, 'One word at a time,’ and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China, if you will: One stone at a time, man. That’s all. One stone at a time. But I’ve read you can see that motherfucker from space without a telescope.”

—Stephen King

I love this quote. It reminds me that I don’t have to accomplish everything in one sitting, and it reminds me that I write for the same reason I read: because I truly love being touched by words. And those words come one at a time, but strung together, however slowly, they promise to wield incredible power.

Featured Writer Rich Ferguson intoxicates us with his words in “Seven Cards,” and “New Jersey Me,” then shares himself deeply in his interview, describing his approach to craft, sharing what it was like to share a stage with Patti Smith…and what it was like to touch Harrison Ford’s neck.

Featured Writer Julia Dixon Evans delivers us into evil in “He’ll Write Your Name on the Bedroom Wall,” and opens up in her interview to share her thoughts on risk, inspiration, and …terror.

In his stories “Leaning,” and “Management,” Aaron Dietz sneaks up on us, moving us with an invisible force. Erik Evenson gives us a glimpse of the unknown in “The Hottest Show In Town” and “In This House.” Finally, Linda M. Scott fills us with a sense of longing, rounding out the issue with “No Sharin’” and “Leave A Message.”

It’s another powerful issue jam-packed with great writing, great stories, great words. That’s all. One stone at a time.