Category Archives: writing

Books and More Books

Risa with her books S 2

 

On a whim, I recently combed through my bookshelves and gathered together all the print books, anthologies and journals I have contributed to in some way: either as writer/ editor, beta reader, Kickstarter donor or friend. Some authors kindly added my name to the acknowledgements, which came as a pleasant surprise. The book I am holding is the latest addition to these collected works: Dine, published by Hippocampus Books, just released.

Writing is a lonely occupation, carried out in silence and solitude–but here I am, surrounded by the words of others and my own and it feels good to be joined by such talented company. If I missed anyone, I apologize. Late additions may warrant another photo op, if I can persuade my resident photographer to climb up on the furniture again for a do-over.

Many thanks to the authors and publishers here. Depending on how things go in the future, I may need a bigger table.

Bandon, Oregon

 I read this piece at the Octopus Literary Salon at an event that paired published authors with emerging writers. I wrote it in response to my partner’s piece, which touched on smoking, the wind, being young and making mistakes. I didn’t know right away how to respond, so I looked out the window and listened.Continue Reading

The Writing Year in Review: 2018

I did this last year and it helped me see that I had been slightly more productive than I thought. Let’s see what happened this past year in my writing life… A look  back at what I wrote in 2018: A number of pieces for Retrospect, which are listed on my Articles and Interviews pageContinue Reading

Martha, My Dear

November 21st is Martha’s birthday.  She’s been gone several years now. Her birthday still pops up on my Google calendar. I don’t intend to do anything to change it.Seeing this reminder of her birthday gives me the opportunity to celebrate her life and our friendship every November. (This was originally posted in 2013)   AsContinue Reading

The Writing Year in Review: 2017

I’m copying (stealing?) this idea from a new author friend, Erika Mailman. In a year where it felt like I didn’t do much writing, it’s good to look back and see what I actually did. It felt like a rather unproductive year, writing-wise, but the evidence shows it wasn’t as unproductive as I thought. ForContinue Reading

I Was Here

Several years ago, I wrote articles about the craft of writing for Hippocampus Magazine. This is one of them, which came to mind this morning as I was reading a book about writing. I sometimes wonder, as I’m reading, why a writer has chosen to highlight a particular incident in an essay or a memoir.Continue Reading

In Memoriam

When I entered the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College in 2009, I had some serious doubts and fears: would I be able to produce any work worth reading? Would I fit in with the other students who were decades younger? Would I  be able to form relationships with faculty, something that eluded me inContinue Reading

The publishing trifecta, plus a birthday

This was quite a week for Risa Nye, Writer. I had two pieces in EatDrinkFilms, and one in Berkeleyside this week. In case you missed them, despite my best efforts to broadcast through social media, here they are: If you are a fan of “The Princess Bride,” I think you’ll enjoy learning about the newContinue Reading

RIP, Uppercase AL

Al Levenson signed his name AL, which served double duty as his name and his initials. Thanks to the strange way Facebook allows us to learn about our friends through people we don’t know, I found out that AL passed away a few days ago. Because he was one of the most interesting people I’veContinue Reading

Answering the four questions

No, it isn’t Passover again. It’s a Blog Hop–sort of a tag team relay in the world of blogging. My fellow blogger and friend Francie Low answered the four questions, and then tossed the baton to me. I’ll attempt to answer the questions here, and then pass the honor along to three other bloggers I’dContinue Reading