Tag Archives: Ernest Hemingway

Lit GIFs: The Old Man and the Sea

Santiago, an elderly Cuban fisherman, has gone 84 days without a catch. His apprentice, Manolin, still likes him, but his parents have made him go work with a more successful fisherman. So on day 85 of his Bad Luck Streak, … Continue reading

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Six New Tricks Your Dog Can Teach You About Writing

Fans of the Ploughshares “Writers and Their Pets” series have probably noticed the majority of those blogs are about writers and their dogs. In my view this is because dogs are the best writing companions. For one thing, they never … Continue reading

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For Those About To Write (We Salute You) #14: Let’s Get Small

For Those About To Write (We Salute You) will present a writing exercise to the Ploughshares community every few weeks. We heartily encourage everyone reading to take part!  Was anyone else feeling a little emotional after doing last session’s Sliding Doors … Continue reading

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On Reading Diaries: It’s Not Just for Pesky Little Brothers

We were in our green Ford Aerostar, my high-school self trying to engage my parents in a serious discussion, when my brother began quoting, softly at first, lines from my diary. The kinds of lines you write for yourself, lines … Continue reading

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Ploughshares Fantasy Blog Draft Finals: The Holden Caulbabies vs What the Chuckin’ Buk?!

It’s been a long, tortuous path from the inception of the Fantasy Blog competition to the finals, full of upsets and surprises—but here we are, left with two teams standing after the semifinals three weeks ago which brought surprises of … Continue reading

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Episodia 1.8: Bromantics

Call it phileo, call it friendship, call it brotherly love—any way you slice it, I’m a sucker for a good bromance. After my most recent post (which dipped a toe into the treacherous territory of love triangles), I started thinking … Continue reading

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Seeing Is Believing

We had a sixteen-hour layover in Madrid en route to South Africa, and there were three things I wanted to do before we left: walk around the Plaza Mayor, eat jamón ibérico, and visit the Museo Reina Sofia. The first … Continue reading

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Literary Boroughs #33: Laramie, WY

The Literary Boroughs series will explore little-known and well-known literary communities across the country and world and show that while literary culture can exist online without regard to geographic location, it also continues to thrive locally. Posts are by no means exhaustive and we encourage … Continue reading

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When Do I Have Enough Back Story?

I had a great idea for a story. The main character is a 32-year-old actor who lives in Brooklyn. He is looking for his runaway sister, and… Wait. Actor? What kind of actor? What has he been in? Did he … Continue reading

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