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Act 5, Scene 1: Irene’s Twilight Zone See whole poem, "The Main Show," and index of scenes.  (Spotlight opens on the lobby of the theater.  Characters who remain in the lobby enter the theater, which remains dark.  Joan the nurse tells the tour guide to also go in, and the narrator hangs back awhile.) Joan: Go ahead in. I’ll stay with my patient.Anyway, this is a family…See More
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Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Stubblefield and Hopping publish in The Chrysalis Reader

The Chrysalis Reader comes out only once a year.  This year's issue (which reportedly is the last issue after decades of publication) is themed "Patterns."  I'm one of two Asheville writers represented in the issue.  My piece, titled "From a Different World," is an excerpt from my new novel The Paraclete.  My colleague here on The Read of WNC as well as fellow writers' group member Michael Hopping is represented in the issue with the essay "The Triple World."  Michael and I have supplied a…

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Added by Jerry Stubblefield on March 8, 2013 at 4:56pm — No Comments

"Noisy House with Tiny Lights"

The literary journal Aries will publish novelist and playwright Jerry Stubblefield's poem "Noisy House with Tiny Lights" in January. 

Added by Jerry Stubblefield on December 4, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

I'm Scared of What I Write

Am I the only writer around here who sits down, pulls up the most painful part of my psyche, engages whatever skills I have to shape my words, find the meaning in them, work hard to make sure that meaning is to some degree universally relevant, the writing is to some degree entertaining and uplifting -- and then won't try to get it out there for people to read?

 

I'm really asking you.  I know not everybody finds writing to be like peeling off skin to bare the soul, making…

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Added by Jerry Stubblefield on June 22, 2011 at 2:39pm — 3 Comments

People are Stealing My Ideas!

I Would Swear People are Stealing My Ideas and Putting them on TV and the Movies!

 

Have you ever worried that by sending your manuscript to contests, various publications, theaters (if you’re a playwright), and even just colleagues you pretty much trust, you are exposing your ideas to theft?  Has it occurred to you that anybody who reads your work, however honest they are, might, after a little while, forget they’d read it and start thinking it was their own idea, or, more…

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Added by Jerry Stubblefield on February 21, 2011 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Writing that is Disturbing

 

            Several people who have read my novel, Homunculus, have commented that they were disturbed by it.  Although they said it apologetically to be nice, I'm glad they were disturbed, and just sorry that some people who do make reading a part of their lives nevertheless have a mental list of places they "don't want to go."

Homunculus is about the effect of career-related frustrations on the libido and marriage of a couple when one day the stressed-out…

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Added by Jerry Stubblefield on February 10, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments

An Inferior Paradox?



I just finished doing a CNTRL F search for the letter combination ly through six hundred pages of manuscript, a process that took me three days. At each ly, I had to make a

decision, and executing it almost always involved some mousing and

deleting. If I ever write "stared

blankly" or "whispered softly" again, please just shoot me.





I'm working on the second draft of…

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Tell, Don't Show

One of the most oft heard mantras in writing groups, and an important one, is "Show, don't tell." Some years ago I was in a group, and the mode of criticism favored by one of the writers was to go through a piece and find every instance of "telling" and mark it "Show this." I never saw him make any other suggestions to anyone in the group, but that one he made often, to everyone. It was a valuable note, and we could use some of our revising time much less wisely than searching out those… Continue

Added by Jerry Stubblefield on September 11, 2009 at 4:50pm — 2 Comments

Is Your Title Original?

With the Internet, it's possible to check and make sure your title hasn't already been used. That wasn't quite so true in 2000, when my publisher first heard of my novel in that initial query letter. I'm not sure I even had the Internet in 2000. And then when I did get hooked into the www, my computer, or modem or whatever, was so slow that it was impractical to do searches. Was Google even around back then? Anyway, as search engines became faster and more useful, I finally did determine that… Continue

Added by Jerry Stubblefield on August 12, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

The protagonist in Homunculus

Is your protagonist you? Yes, always. But to what degree?





Like Hector Owen, I am a playwright who, as a young graduate with a degree in playwriting, moved to New York City to make my name, and then after years of trying, with some success but not fame and fortune, I moved to Asheville. Like Hec, I'm married to a woman I met in New York, and yes, I did some drugs in the sixties. The similarity, as regards my and Hec's biographies, ends there.



My novel could have been… Continue

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