SITE ESSENTIALS

If you are new to emilymeier.com or a returning visitor deciding what else to explore, I’ve put some suggestions together for you. And please be sure to add us to your RSS feed to receive site updates.–Emily

1. Clicking on any of the thumbnail book covers on the Home page or any of the book names on the Titles dropdown menu will take you to a page of information on the selected book including links to Excerpts. For an interesting side trip on the book pages, try the music links (iTunes).

2. It would take a long, long time to read your way through all the Interview questions and answers. The FAQ in the Media section offers a good digest, though I do recommend dipping into the answers themselves. Clicking on the Interview tab will show you a dropdown menu with the various topics that are covered. Click again on that tab to see the full list of topics with questioners’ names. Individual topics such as On the Process of Writing will give you the questions under that topic and the start of the answers with a link to the full answer. You can pick what engages you most. All of the questions I received opened doors to memories or new ideas for me but here are a few that might give a good overview:

–For people interested in the beginning and trajectory of a writing life (mine), answers to the questions from Sigrid Nunez, Tom Champion, and Rosemary James cover the spectrum.

Alvin Greenberg’s question on handling chronology in writing fiction has an answer that’s really about structuring novels, which is the great fiction-writing challenge. And Darshan Perusek’s question about the genesis of writing ideas and the selection of genre led me to think about how I’ve made writing choices.

–Readers often want to know how much of a writer’s work is based on actual experience. In responding to Monika Zagar, I answered that question as it relates to all of my work.

–I didn’t write a long answer to Josh Marshall’s question about what I’ve learned from writing fiction, but I liked the question because it let me think harder about the two things that are key for a fiction writer: a sense of people and a sense of language.

Marie-Francoise Theodore asked a very contemporary question about pursuing art while trying to be a good mother. It took me two stabs trying to answer it.

–To move further afield, I’ll suggest looking at the Dai Xiaohong question on Chinese poetry. While my knowledge of the subject  is more than limited, it was intriguing to think about.

–And if you’ve come here because of interest in your roots, don’t miss the question from Paddy Sweeney in the On Things Irish section.

3. For those who are interested in exploring Poetry or Essays in Other Work, I particularly recommend “The You of China” in the China Album.

4. For me, it’s a little hard to pick top recommendations from the Favorites page, but I will. Try Rejection Letter Lines, Miscellany, and be sure to check at least one of the Suite Harmonic Connections, probably Reports of Christmas,1863.

5. Under Book Groups, the All-Things-in-Moderation Comments and Quotes and the Short Takes Q&A focusing on Suite Harmonic offer some useful readers’ perspectives.

6. The Blog section is pretty new to the site and actually has a current picture of the blogger taken on 5-19-12. People’s interests on topics will vary. I’ll suggest The Parents Are Leaving for its guest poem from Patricia Zontelli, Trains of My Life, Lights Up, When the Picture Lies, and for something weighter, Still, Race.

7. This is the advertising part: please don’t miss a stop at the Ordering page.

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