Skylar’s First Birthday Party

November 3, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' The title image is one of the many banners hung at Skylar’s first birthday party. In 2002 I signed up to be a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Durham, North Carolina. I was lucky enough to be paired with Vanessa who was twelve years old… read more

John Carter’s Conundrum – Chapter Four

October 31, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' The title image is by William Hogarth, an 18th-century English painter and printmaker. Today’s blog as well as next Tuesday’s are the first two chapters of my new short story, John Carter’s Conundrum. For four more short stories available for free, go to: https://julietetelandresen.com/ Chapter Four The moment he left she… read more

John Carter’s Conundrum – Chapter Three

October 27, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' The title image is by William Hogarth, an 18th-century English painter and printmaker. Today’s blog as well as next Tuesday’s are the first two chapters of my new short story, John Carter’s Conundrum. For four more short stories available for free, go to: https://julietetelandresen.com/ Chapter Three Serena had, finally, seen no… read more

John Carter’s Conundrum – Chapter Two

October 24, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' The title image is by William Hogarth, an 18th-century English painter and printmaker. Today’s blog as well as next Tuesday’s are the first two chapters of my new short story, John Carter’s Conundrum. For four more short stories available for free, go to: https://julietetelandresen.com/ Chapter Two Upon leaving the cemetery of… read more

John Carter’s Conundrum – Chapter One

October 20, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' The title image is by William Hogarth, an 18th-century English painter and printmaker. Today’s blog as well as next Tuesday’s are the first two chapters of my new short story, John Carter’s Conundrum. For four more short stories available for free, go to: https://julietetelandresen.com/ Chapter One London, 1785 When John Carter… read more

The Magic Flute – A Live in HD Met Performance

October 17, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' Tenor Charles Castronovo as Prince Tamino with Julie Taymor‘s bear puppets in the 2017 Metropolitan Opera production of The Magic Flute – A Live in HD Met Performance I’m not much of an opera person. Give me an American musical with its snappy song and dance. It’s hard to outdo… read more

Writing Block: Five Tips to Break Through

October 13, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' It happens to all novelists. Our story seems to be going great and then we hit a writing block. How to break through the writing block? I have various ways: 1. I take a walk. Seriously. Because writing is an aerobic activity I sometimes need to get my physical lungs in… read more

What I’m Reading Now VII – Join Me!

October 10, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' Reading is an important activity for a writer. Just as you become a stronger tennis player when you’re facing a crack shot across the court, you can become a stronger writer when you read great writers. In addition, reading a fabulous book is about as much fun you can have… read more

President Price’s Inauguration

October 6, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' West Campus, Abele Quad, sets up for the inauguration. Image Credit: Duke Chronicle Yesterday – Thursday, October 5 – the new president of Duke University, Vincent Price, was inaugurated in a ceremony on Abele Quad in front of Duke Chapel. Vincent Price, Duke’s 10th President President Price came to Duke… read more

Five Questions with Helen Barton

October 3, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' Helen Barton is a commissioning editor at Cambridge University Press, one of the premier academic publishers in the world. Although the readers of this blog tend to be commercial fiction writers, a great editor is a great editor, and Helen’s perspective on how she works and what she’s looking for is… read more

On Count Nouns and Mass Nouns

September 29, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' We English speakers are sometimes surprised to discover that we split our perspective on how we view things in the universe. As it turns out, we make a clear distinction between count nouns and mass nouns. Count nouns are – not surprisingly – nouns you can count: one book, two… read more

Get Started Writing – Putting Pen to Page

September 26, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' Title image: The blank page, symbolizing the problem of how to get started writing. Over the weekend, while discussing my blog with a friend, I asked what she would like me to address concerning the writing process. Her reply was immediate: “How do you get started writing?” She is a… read more

Op-Eds – Ten Writing Tips

September 22, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' Op-eds get the name for being opinion pieces that originally appeared opposite the editorial page. An editorial page editorial is signed by the board, while an opinion piece is signed by an individual. The term is also sometimes thought to be an abbreviation of opinion-editorial.  Athletes before taking the field… read more

Narrative Medicine – Why It’s Important

September 19, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' Title image: MK Czerwiec, aka the Comic Nurse who is involved in narrative medicine. We fiction writers sometimes underestimate the value of our own work – or, at least, I do. I sometimes have to remind myself that we humans understand our world through narratives and that if you can… read more

Cover Reveal!

September 15, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' This blog is the book cover reveal for one of my favorite new authors, Rose Vane. I’ve read two of her stories in manuscript form, but I haven’t yet read the one she recently sold to Carina Press, A Deep Dark Call. A gloomy manor in nineteenth-century Wallachia (the Romanian… read more

American Sign Language – Ten Things to Know

September 13, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' Title image: Florida governor Rick Scott giving updates on Hurricane Irma. Note the American Sign Language interpreter to the left. I’m sitting high and dry in Durham, North Carolina, living in a hotel, all the while acknowledging that my hotel ain’t The Plaza. But that’s not the story here. I’ve… read more

Words of Wisdom for Beginning Novelists

September 8, 2017
Blog | Julie Andresen
' This semester for the second time I am in charge of a novel course/workshop at Duke University. Because I’m giving the students some of the same advice I gave last year, I’m reposting my words of wisdom from a blog in 2016. Just like last year, when I moderated the… read more

Monument(al) Mistakes

September 5, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' Title image: Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University with statue of Benjamin N. Duke Upon my return to Duke last week for the start of classes, I was reminded how much I’ve always loved East Campus with its Georgian architecture. Maybe it’s because I lived there when I was a… read more

The Red Palace IV

September 1, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' This is the fourth entry in my latest short story, The Red Palace. Click here to start with Chapter 1, or catch up on Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. Chapter Four In the morning Gita came with another tray of food and a fresh robe. She replaced the old tray on the low table with the new… read more

The Red Palace III

August 29, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' This is the third entry in my latest short story, The Red Palace. Click here to start with Chapter 1 or catch up on Chapter 2. Chapter Three Elizabeth was rigid with emotional shock and limbs stiff from immobility. Thus, when Gita came to help her up and to enfold her in… read more

The Red Palace II

August 25, 2017
Blog | Julie Tetel Andresen
' The next few blog entries will be the opening chapters of my short story The Red Palace. Click here to catch up on Chapter One.   Chapter Two Badar Ali had enlisted the help of Gita, his old nurse who was like a mother to him, his own having died in… read more
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