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Bush recalls removing Confederate flag from Florida Capitol

AP Politics - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:47am
Bush recalls removing Confederate flag from Florida Capitol Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:47-04:00 News Topics: Government and politics, United States Presidential Election, Events, Presidential elections, State governments, Political parties, National elections, Elections, Political organizations People, Places and Companies: Jeb Bush, Dylann Roof, Nikki Haley, George W. Bush, John McCain, South Carolina, Columbia, Charleston, Florida Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Latest: Hundreds in London rally for unity with Greece

AP Business News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:41am
The Latest: Hundreds in London rally for unity with Greece Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:41-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government pensions and social security, Economy, Financial crisis, Government and politics, Protests and demonstrations, Banking and credit, Referendums, Credit card services, Transportation and shipping, Hospitality and leisure industry, Hotels and resorts, Government debt, Sovereign debt, Tour groups, Government business and finance, Financial markets, Political and civil unrest, Financial services, Industries, Elections, Consumer banking, Industrial products and services, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Accommodations, Travel, Lifestyle, Government finance, Debt and bond markets, Leisure travel People, Places and Companies: Caroline Lucas, Alexis Tsipras, Donald Tusk, George Osborne, David Cameron, Philip Hammond, Mark Carney, Josh Earnest, Barack Obama, Francois Hollande, Enda Kenny, Nicos Anastasiades, Antonis Samaras, Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Schulz, Greece, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Europe, Athens, Germany, London, France, Spain Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

A first: New guidelines back device for treating strokes

AP US News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:36am
A first: New guidelines back device for treating strokes Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:36-04:00 News Topics: Business, Health, Stroke, Diagnosis and treatment, Diseases and conditions Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama

AP Top news - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:31am
The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:31-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government pay, Economy, Government securities, Banking and credit, Government and politics, Development banking, Government business and finance, Government debt, Government finance, Financial services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Alexis Tsipras, Jean-Claude Juncker, Pierre Moscovici, Jacob Lew, Greece, Germany Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama

AP Business News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:31am
The next act: what happens now in Greece's drama Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:31-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government pay, Economy, Government securities, Banking and credit, Government and politics, Development banking, Government business and finance, Government debt, Government finance, Financial services, Industries People, Places and Companies: Alexis Tsipras, Jean-Claude Juncker, Pierre Moscovici, Jacob Lew, Greece, Germany Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

AP Top news - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:27am
WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:27-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Technology, Domestic spying, Corporate espionage, Government surveillance, Intelligence agencies, National security, Espionage, Political issues, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs, Corporate crime, Corporate news, Crime, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: France Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business

AP US News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:27am
WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:27-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Technology, Domestic spying, Corporate espionage, Government surveillance, Intelligence agencies, National security, Espionage, Political issues, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs, Corporate crime, Corporate news, Crime, Military and defense People, Places and Companies: France Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Mourners recall SC shooting victim in funeral at church

AP US News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:12am
Mourners recall SC shooting victim in funeral at church Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:12-04:00 News Topics: General news, Funerals and memorial services, Shootings, Government and politics, Violent crime, Crime People, Places and Companies: Nikki Haley, Dylann Roof, Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Joseph P. Riley Jr., Joe Biden, Beau Biden, Barack Obama, Charleston, South Carolina, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Chinese premier calls for deal to keep Greece in eurozone

AP Business News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:06am
Chinese premier calls for deal to keep Greece in eurozone Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:06-04:00 News Topics: Business, General news, Government and politics, Air pollution, Emissions reduction, Air quality, Environment, Environment and nature, Pollution, Environmental concerns People, Places and Companies: Li Keqiang, Jean-Claude Juncker, China, Europe, Paris, Greece Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

A world apart: 2 women with birthdates in 1800s still alive

AP US News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:03am
A world apart: 2 women with birthdates in 1800s still alive Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:03-04:00 News Topics: General news, Health, Lifestyle, African-Americans People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Brooklyn, New York City, New York Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound vessel

AP Top news - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:02am
Israeli navy peacefully intercepts Gaza-bound vessel Associated Press - 29 June 2015 16:02-04:00 News Topics: General news, Blockades, Territorial disputes, Militant groups, War and unrest, Political activism, Political issues, Government and politics People, Places and Companies: Moncef Marzouki, Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian territories, Israel, Gaza Strip, Middle East Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

From the Archives: Deb Vanasse: Je Ne Sais Quoi

49 Writers - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 8:00am
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth

Ethereal, bewitching, seductive - thus have reviewers praised Alaska author Eowyn Ivey’s best-selling debut novel The Snow Child
If that sounds like love, so too does the way Ivey’s book was conceived. In her day job at Fireside Books in Palmer, she came upon a children's book retelling of the Russian folktale The Snow Child. “I got this funny feeling right then,” Ivey said in a recent Anchorage Daily News interview. She ditched the novel she’d been working on for two years and started in on an adult version of the tale.
That “funny feeling” sounds a lot like the “intangible something” Rebecca Sherman of Writers House brought up in a recent discussion among agents hosted by Publishers Weekly, referring to the je ne sais quoi that draws her – and readers – to certain books. I am, by the way, a sucker for French - my minor in college. The loose English translation "an indescribable something" is a poor substitute for "I know not what," which hits the mark precisely, whether you mean writing or romance.
Can you fall in love with your writing project? Should you? 
Idaho farmer James Castle used ink mixed from spit and soot to make art. Though illiterate, deaf, and untrained, he kept at it for decades, his art driven by passion and empathy, the pursuit of the tangible by way of the intangible. He didn’t discern. He didn't weigh the market. He didn’t try to get noticed. Yet his creative work eventually found its audience. “As it happens, his art – produced over more than six decades – communes with many of the twentieth century’s most salient aesthetic trends, even as it seems to have been very much a private means of understand his home and family,” says Bookforum reviewer Albert Mobilio. Castle's labor of love struck a chord.
Projects with real staying power feel different in the same way that deep love feels different from a crush. That “funny feeling” has to carry us through the long process of perfecting the work.
In solidarity with the students I taught in various classrooms during a recent writer’s residency, I wrote fifteen times from the same prompt, in ten-minute spurts. It was a lot like speed-dating. Though the prompt quickly became redundant, significant flashes emerged here and there – images, slices of character, snippets of scene. Some may find their way into a project that's emerging out of one of those funny feelings that disarmed me, out of the blue. You never know where you’ll find love, or a taste of it.
How can we know for sure that a project is not just viable but the one? In the initial rush of inspiration, our brains spin wildly, as they do when we’re in love – a dopamine high, fueled by norepinephrine that keeps us up nights spinning characters and plotting twists and chasing research. It’s only when we settle into a relationship with a project that we’re able to judge the depth of that first woo-woo feeling, to tell whether it has the staying power to carry us over the long haul, to determine whether our inspiration is not just attractive but unshakable.
Of all the emotional clichés, tough love is most apropos to the work of the writer. In revision, we must be brutal, objective, and tough - none of that warm fuzzy stuff. Yet it’s that funny feeling, the intuition, the passion, the je ne sais quoi that carries us through, that makes up for the trials and the pain and the risk. 
Faithful and loyal, we can spend years with a project born out of feeling. But if we find ourselves married to it, we risk all. Not that we can’t commit wholly and completely, but if and when things get stale, when the writer’s no longer growing or discovering or excited, when the feeling is gone, gone, gone, then it could be time to break things off, to shove the manuscript under a bed as Ivey did with her first novel. In doing so we must believe fully and resolutely that nothing is wasted. The years spent with a draft that we ultimately ditch teach us about writing in the same way that failed relationships teach us about love.
We do fall in love, and we must.
Try this: Carry a notepad, either old-fashioned or electronic. Note random thoughts, flashes of inspiration, without concern for whether anything will come from them. You may jot down hundreds of images, snatches of conversation, and ideas before one begins to haunt you, coming to you as you fall asleep and again in the mornings when you wake. That’s your essay, your story, your book.
Check this out: As with love, when it comes to writing, most of us would prefer to just let it happen. But when we need a push, Julia Cameron’s The Right to Write is at the ready. “Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding,” Cameron says. “We should write because writing is good for the soul.” 
Deb cross-posts at www.selfmadewriter.blogspot.com.
Categories: Arts & Culture

Supreme Court blocks restrictive Texas abortion-clinic rules

AP Politics - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:57am
Supreme Court blocks restrictive Texas abortion-clinic rules Associated Press - 29 June 2015 15:57-04:00 News Topics: Health, Government and politics, State courts, Courts, Judiciary, State governments People, Places and Companies: John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, Texas, Sherman Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Looking for love on a dating app? You may find music instead

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:57am
Looking for love on a dating app? You may find music instead Associated Press - 29 June 2015 15:57-04:00 News Topics: Arts and entertainment, General news, Music, Entertainment, Rhythm and blues, Pop music, Celebrity relationships, Music festivals, Music videos, Celebrity People, Places and Companies: Madonna, Mariah Carey, Jason Derulo, AfroJack, Lady Gaga, Zedd, Britney Spears, Flo Rida, Kesha, Hilary Duff, Fred Durst, Natalie Cole, Nicki Minaj, Idina Menzel, Ciara, Jessie J Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Weekend rains bring relief for Alaska wildfire crews

AP Alaska News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:57am
Weekend rains bring relief for Alaska wildfire crews Associated Press - 29 June 2015 15:57-04:00 News Topics: General news, Wildfires, Disaster planning and response, Natural disasters, Weather, Fires, Accidents and disasters People, Places and Companies: Alaska Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired

AP Entertainment News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:56am
NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired Associated Press - 29 June 2015 15:56-04:00 News Topics: Business, Arts and entertainment, General news, Government and politics, Television programs, United States Presidential Election, Entertainment, Events, Beauty pageants, Television industry, Reality TV, Latin music, Immigration, Media industry, Media and entertainment industry, Industries, Music, Social issues, Social affairs, Presidential elections, National elections, Elections People, Places and Companies: Donald Trump, Mark Burnett, Brian Williams, United States Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

After ruling, Oklahoma prepared to carry out 3 executions

AP Politics - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:54am
After ruling, Oklahoma prepared to carry out 3 executions Associated Press - 29 June 2015 15:54-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sentencing, Legal proceedings, Crime, Executions, Court decisions, Law and order, Criminal punishment People, Places and Companies: Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma, United States, Oklahoma City Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

After ruling, Oklahoma prepared to carry out 3 executions

AP US News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:54am
After ruling, Oklahoma prepared to carry out 3 executions Associated Press - 29 June 2015 15:54-04:00 News Topics: General news, Sentencing, Legal proceedings, Crime, Executions, Court decisions, Law and order, Criminal punishment People, Places and Companies: Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma, United States, Oklahoma City Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

California Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill

AP US News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:50am
California Legislature passes strict school vaccine bill Associated Press - 29 June 2015 15:50-04:00 News Topics: General news, Health, Government and politics, State legislature, State governments, Bills, Immunizations, Legislature, Legislation, Public health People, Places and Companies: Jerry Brown, California Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

'Mind blowing' flames destroy homes in Washington state

AP US News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 7:49am
'Mind blowing' flames destroy homes in Washington state Associated Press - 29 June 2015 15:49-04:00 News Topics: General news, Property damage, Wildfires, Fires, Disaster planning and response, Accidents and disasters, Natural disasters, Evacuations, Environmental conservation and preservation, Weather, Environment, Environment and nature People, Places and Companies: Jay Inslee, Washington, Seattle Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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