Alison Clement

observations from a novelist who sometimes wants to say something small and see it published immediately

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Watching Rhonda Honey

My agent asked me to write a summary of my new novel and here it is: Watching Rhonda Honey is about a woman who, as a foster child, saw her hopes of becoming part of a family crushed by her would-be sister’s lies. Years later, an accidental encounter offers her a chance for revenge, but only if she’s willing to risk her own chance for love. It’s a psychological novel […]

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>what happens when you have a small house

I’m at a coffee house here in Corvallis, writing, because my house is 750 square feet and Chuck is home.  I am trying to write a chapter in which my character, Tree, foreshadows the arrival of Jimmy while she and Mavis drink coffee (hey, where did I get that idea?) beside the Salmon Street water fountain in Portland, but mostly I am spying on other customers. Not that they are […]

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Gaza on a Sunday

> I’m writing the end of a Young Adult novel, a ghost/mystery/Tarot story. A break from my regular writing. Fun! I’m sitting on my red couch in front of a big window. Every now and then, I google Gaza, to try to find out what’s happening. Musee des Beaux Arts ~W.H. Auden About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it […]

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>the deadline

I decide that I want my protagonist’s wrapping paper to be designed with some detail from the Fool card in the Tarot. I google Fool card and get an image of the card. I mess around with the image, trying to make the little circles on the fool’s shirt bigger. They would make a good design for wrapping paper: circles, with something inside them. But what is inside them? Are […]

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