Monthly Archives: February 2015

Writing lives, seeking a different way

Helen Garner: “A story lies in wait for a writer. It flashes out silent signals. Without knowing she is doing it, the writer […] turns to follow” (Garner [2004] 2006, 25). True. For now, though, I feel that I must … Continue reading

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Communication pitfalls

We purposely avoided the tourist track because we wanted to experience something a little different and gain a sense of the “real” Vietnam. What I gained was a set of impressions, a head full of vivid images, and the knowledge that there is not one single “real” … Continue reading

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44 million

The population of the Socialist Republic (which is just another name for a communist regime) of Vietnam currently stands at 44 million, and rising. Vietnam is in danger of bursting at the seams. Some Ministry or another (there are a lot … Continue reading

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Taking off

This is NOT our experience.  

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The literary docu-memoir form and working definition—what it is and is not

This week’s blog is taken from a part of my essay titled “Literary (creative nonfiction) docu-memoir: a different way of writing a life,” which was published in the international European Journal of Life Writing Vol. 3, 29 October, 2014 http://ejlw.eu/  Continue reading

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