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Jason Gurley

Hi, I'm Jason.

I've written a few books, such as Awake in the World and Eleanor. I also write a newsletter, Letters from Hill House, about life and work. I live on a hill in Scappoose, Oregon, where I design software and write fiction. I'm a husband and a dad, a semi-competent drummer, a compulsive pencil collector, and a big fan of three-hour-long mid-afternoon naps.

What I'm working on

Presently I'm working on two novels. One of these, The Dark Age, is an adaptation and expansion of a short story I wrote several years ago. As the novel develops, I'm sharing my experiences writing it in my newsletter.

What I'm reading
  • The Every, Dave Eggers
  • Several Short Sentences About Writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg

(See my full reading list.)

Recent Posts

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Quote wall: E.B. White

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: I must decline, for secret reasons. —E.B. White, in a reply to an invitation to join the Committee of the Arts and

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Quote wall: Colum McCann

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: Just keep your arse in the chair. Arse in the chair. Arse in the chair. —Colum McCann, Letters to a Young WriterYou have

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Quote wall: David McCullough

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: There’s an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing.

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Quote wall: Carl Sagan

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic. —Carl Sagan, Cosmos (Part 11: The Persistence of Memory)I like this

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Quote wall: Nina LaCour

On the bulletin board above my desk, I keep a handful of quotes that have taught me something, or that I hope to learn from. Here's one: Some work on most days. —Nina LaCourWhile taking LaCour's writing course, The Slow Novel Lab, she repeated this mantra many times. Some work.