Christina Lynch

One writer's struggle to make sense of the universe, or laugh trying.

Diary of a Rural Writer

A little short fiction, some probably misguided observations on life, and maybe a recipe now and then.

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Film Festival, success!

Posted by Christina Lynch on November 11, 2014 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Here's a really nice article about the film festival that my team created, built and pulled off:

It was a ton of work, but completely worth it!

Painting the town red, blue, gray, green...

Posted by Christina Lynch on September 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The past three weekends I've been painting western storefronts for a film festival we're putting on to raise money for our local arts group. The first weekend it was 104 degrees, and one of us got heat stroke. The next weekend was a little cooler, and this weekend it rained and we wore long sleeves, socks and jeans. I feel like creating this "town" from scrap lumber and leftover paint has been highly metaphorical (because that's what writers do: we see metaphors everywhere). We all cam...

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Finding the Leopard

Posted by Christina Lynch on September 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I grew up watching romantic comedies, both the black and white classics--"Bringing Up Baby," "The Awful Truth"-- and the 80s and 90s versions like "When Harry Met Sally." In many of these movies, especially the newer ones, there is the group of supportive friends from which the lovers emerge to pair off and attempt a relationship, which usually fails, but then they overcome some mental block (or find the leopard) and rush across a crowded room to be together, having realized that romantic lov...

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Out Stealing Horses

Posted by Christina Lynch on September 26, 2014 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Like most days, this one began with shoveling s%$t. I'm not being euphemistic--I cleaned out the horse pasture. It's a sisyphean task, but someone has to do it.

Then I met with a friend/new client who is beginning  delightful project about country life. I'm really excited to be helping her. Started a new freelance editing project about mass transit, painted some signs for the upcoming western film festival. Read a few chapters of "Out Stealing Horses." Reread Maxine Kumin's wonderf...

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Do or Die

Posted by Christina Lynch on July 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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    It sounds too good to be true! ...

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Pulitzer Three-Way

Posted by Christina Lynch on April 18, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Ann Patchett's got a great editorial about how the Pulitzer committee blew it this year:

The Casting Couch

Posted by Christina Lynch on October 7, 2010 at 2:13 PM Comments comments (0)

The comment that kicks off this piece is the only true thing about it. My ex-shrink really did describe me as "Toto."

The Casting Couch

Lately my ex-shrink has been calling me with free advice, which is pretty cool. The other day she asked me why I didn’t ask this guy Roy for a job. I said that I was pretty sure Roy didn’t like me. “That’s absurd,” she snorted. “That’s like thinking s...

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The Bat

Posted by Christina Lynch on October 7, 2010 at 2:07 PM Comments comments (0)

I wrote this while at the Stone House writer's retreat on Naushon, an island off Martha's Vineyard. There actually was a bat in the house the week we were there, but there was no rhyming dictionary or internet access, so I had to do things the old fashioned way. This was for the cabaret on the last night.

The Bat

With apologies to Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I labored blocked and weary...

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Pride and Prejudice and Publication

Posted by Christina Lynch on October 7, 2010 at 2:01 PM Comments comments (1)
I wrote this after having lunch with my book agent, during which I offered to rob a bank if it would help her sell my novel.

Pride and Prejudice and Publication

From Publisher’s Weekly’s deals page:
"Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's A SHORE THING, about a girl looking for love on the boardwalk (one full of big hair, dark tans, and fights galore), to Jeremie Ru...
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