The Works of Jayne Pupek

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Richmond, VA, United States
Jayne Pupek is the author of the novel "Tomato Girl" (Algonquin Books, 2008) and a book of poems titled "Forms of Intercession" (Mayapple Press, 2008). Her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals. In addition to her own writing, Jayne freelances as a ghostwriter, editor and mentor. A Virginia native, Jayne has spent most of her professional life working in the field of mental health.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

More on the Oscars

Although there were several strong contenders for Best Picture, I have to say that I'm ecstatic that Old Country for No Men took the award. The actors are top-notch, but no one could ask for a more brilliant pair of directors than Joel and Ethan Cohen, nor a more gifted writer than Cormac McCarthy.
My DVD wish list grew by leaps and bounds last night.
One of these days, I'm going to try my hand at a screenplay. I love to explore new things and to push myself to do something I haven't done. That's basically how I wrote my first novel. While signing up for a poetry workshop, I casually decided to participate in the novel writing workshop as well, "just for fun." I don't think it really occurred to me until I started that I would actually have to write an entire novel. Who knows what I was thinking? In a panic, I looked through my poems and found one to jump start the first chapter of my novel. I believed I could do it and was determined to give it my best effort. I kept the voice of the narrator inside my head and just kept writing. I didn't write to publish. I wrote to tell a good story and to complete a personal quest and challenge I'd set for myself. Publishing is always the icing on the cake, but I think you have to first love words and the worlds created by putting words together.