marginalia

Marginalia: Journal Prompts (December)

We are at the end of another annual series here. For each month of this year, we've picked a theme for daily journal prompts and, even if you haven't followed along this year, you can always do so when you choose. The themes have been varied -- themes like age/time, memory, vacations, seasons, language, books, productivity, technology, relationships, and more. In this last month, let's go back to each of the previous months, revisit what we wrote, and pick the two or three prompts we'd like to "do over."

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5 short stories

Published: Short Stories: Parties (PopMatters)

This month's short stories column features parties. Stories by these five writers: Katherine Mansfield, Banaphool (tr. Arunava Sinha), Joshua Ferris, Nina McConigley, and Kirsten Valdez Quade. And the parties described — a summer garden party, an elaborate tea function, an intimate couples dinner, a themed pre-wedding get-together, and an annual blueberry celebration — are not only life-changing for the protagonists but they are also memorably unique for readers.

Published: Why India Needs a Professional Writers and Translators Organization (Scroll.in)

An article published in Scroll.in about the need for a professional association for Indian writers and translators -- along the lines of the Screenwriters' Association of India, the AWP and Poets & Writers in the US, and the Society of Authors in the UK.