Story Time Sunday, May 18th, 2014 — a diversion for mature audiences and an interview

A flash by Stephanie Hammer… what a story!!!

Stephanie Barbé Hammer @ Magically Real

Dear Friends —

I recently spoke with Kristy Lin Billuni who runs a fantastic website called Sexy Grammar. There you can find tips on writing as well as workshops and private consults that connect the sensual, the sexual, and sometimes the downright dirty with the process of creating beautiful writing.

The fact is: writing and reading are both highly pleasurable experiences. Or they should be. Americans have a long-standing suspicion about pleasure, but the French don’t, and when you read the opening pages of Haruki Murakami’sWind Up Bird Chronicle, you get — for starters — a dirty phone call from a mysterious woman. And that’s just the beginning. We have alot to learn from other literary languages and traditions — other ways of thinking about pleasure and thinking about what matters.

With those things in mind, here’s a link to my talk with Kristy, (including a…

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Story Time Sunday, May 4th, 2014 — “Did you ever ask yourself?” — A ridiculous tiny tale for all ages

The Queen of flash… my friend Stephanie Hammer.

Stephanie Barbé Hammer @ Magically Real

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Did you ever ask yourself who makes that hot water on demand from the little faucet with the red dot on it that you paid a lot of extra $$ for because you told Dmitri and Demetrius and Demy and Debi that you had to have it, because you didn’t have time to boil water in a kettle or god forbid do that stupid thing with the hot water in the Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave (which reminds you of that other time – the really silly time – where you said let’s just put this raw egg in the microwave and see WHAT HAPPENS)? Did you wonder just how it is that the imps and elves and goblins and geeks and fairies and ghosts and little vampires and werewolvettes can bear those long hours standing under the floorboards of the kitchen laboring over that huge (size…

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