Confession in Eight Sentences, Most of Which Are Considerably Shorter Than This Title

I admire people who can write stories and characters from scratch.

But I’m a self-referential writer.

I am always in the confession booth.

Methodists don’t go to Confession.

I should have been a Catholic.

But I became a writer.

When my angst has mellowed, when I’m not in conflict, when I don’t love to hear myself air my confusions, I’ll turn to a more useful and profitable occupation than writing fiction.

I don’t see that happening any time soon.






  1. William Pace · ·

    > I don’t see that happening any time soon.

    Thank goodness!

  2. “Thank goodness” indeed!

  3. and, you are also a poet.

  4. loismah · ·

    Nicely expressed, Marlene! In your usual spare language and well-chosen words. But . . . I’ve always imagined that all fiction is to some extent self referential. Maybe I’m wrong, but even your own work seems to have some variation in this regard. I see where The Absent Woman could have sprung right from personal experience. But Scoville? I’m guessing you have more powers of imagination than you give yourself credit for!

    1. Thanks, Lois. Now that you mention it, yes, Scoville is invented — except for the first story, “Three Blind Mice, which was a real situation told to me by some acquaintances whose neighbor had — well, you know what she did to her husband.

      On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 1:27 PM, Marlene Lee wrote:


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