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Icon Written by Alex on March 10, 2014 – 11:12 am

I’ve been busy lately. Not here (sorry sorry sorry), but in other places. I am a good ways through my novel, The End of Celebrity, and grinding on it almost every day. Additionally, I applied for the Amtrak Residency program. It’s up to five days on a train to do nothing but ride and write. […]

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From A Sweet Life: An Attempt To Cure Type 1 Diabetes

Icon Written by Alex on March 6, 2013 – 1:36 pm

As published on asweetlife.org: An Attempt to Cure Type 1 Diabetes Alex O’Meara | March 05, 2013 I got diabetes twice. Once when I was 11, and the second time when I was 42. It took the second time to show me all that I’d learned from it the first time around. When I was […]

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Books About Diabetes at asweetlife.org

Icon Written by Alex on January 29, 2013 – 6:04 pm

I just posted a blog about two of the best writers who write about diabetes: June Biermann and Barbara Toohey. I highly recommend any books by these authors, especially The Peripatetic Diabetic and The Diabetes Sports and Exercise Book. And, as a diabetic writer writing about writers who write about diabetes, you should trust me […]

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A Sweet Life Blog

Icon Written by Alex on September 19, 2012 – 11:40 am

I began blogging for the website asweetlife.org yesterday. The initial blog is biographical but in the near future I will be posting about topics as disparate as the Olympics and big pharma. Jessica Apple and the staff at asweetlife.org are fantastic, as is the website for information about diabetes, and I’m looking forward to writing […]



MFA Semester Ends, Summer Begins for a Week or So

Icon Written by Alex on May 17, 2012 – 10:13 am

I just completed my first semester as a graduate student at the University of Texas at El Paso’s online MFA in creative writing program. I did it from home. UTEP offers the country’s only online MFA in creative writing program so I was able to be in my house in Bisbee, Arizona and take classes […]

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The creative class is a lie in Salon by Scott Timberg

Icon Written by Alex on October 5, 2011 – 8:46 pm

Scott Timberg is one of the most insightful people blogging and writing today. His articles consistently provide astute looks at how culture is evolving. This latest example from Salon is no exception. I continue to urge you to follow Scott on his blog, The Misread City. The creative class is a lie The dream of […]

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“Shutting the Drawer”: When THE BOOK Doesn’t Get Published, by Edan Lepucki

Icon Written by Alex on August 23, 2011 – 9:00 am

Very funny, insightful, and heartfelt essay in today’s The Millions on what happens when THE BOOK, THE NOVEL does not sell and how you’ll just DIE when that happens. Not that I know anything at all about that … no … but, you know, I’ve heard tell stories. Essays Shutting the Drawer: What Happens When […]

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Hunter Thompson Writes Rejections Letters for Rolling Stone

Icon Written by Alex on August 17, 2011 – 10:57 am

Damn. And I thought not hearing anything back from editors was tough. When Hunter S. Thompson Penned Rolling Stone‘s Rejection Letters If you’re going to get this kind of rejection letter it might as well be penned by Hunter S. Thompson. Rolling Stone should keep this on file to send out to other worthy rejectees. […]

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Review of Chasing Medical Miracles by Anthropologist Joan C. Stevenson

Icon Written by Alex on August 11, 2011 – 10:03 am

Anytime you get a review in which the reviewer says, “I could not put this book down,” it’s a good day. When that praise comes from an anthropologist and is followed with, “This book is a must read for those contemplating volunteering for a clinical trial (advice in the Afterward), and it also provides discussion […]

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Dave Eggers in Salon about Teachers and Writing

Icon Written by Alex on August 2, 2011 – 9:36 am

…Over the next 10 years, I thought often about Mr. Criche’s six words. Whenever I felt discouraged, and this was often, it was those six words that came back to me and gave me strength. When a few instructors in college gently and not-so-gently tried to tell me I had no talent, I held Mr. Criche’s words before me like a shield. I didn’t care what anyone else thought. Mr. Criche, head of the whole damned English department at Lake Forest High, said I could be a writer. So I put my head down and trudged forward…

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