Dear Phantom Reader

Rebeccah von Schlieffen
Musings about this thing called life.
Created 01 Jul 2020
  • Lament of the Middle-Aged Emerging Writer
    17 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 1
    Dear Phantom Reader, How are you? It’s been a while. Things are the same-old, same-old for me here in Berlin. I’m still writing and still getting nowhere with it publication-wise. I’ve been querying l...
  • Long Live the Writing Mycelium
    20 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    A couple of years ago I wrote a post on my now-defunct blog about aspiring writers comparing them to mycelium. The world is full of so many dedicated, hardworking writers out there slaving away on the...
  • It All Started with the Mask
    08 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 1 1
    For several years, I ran an Etsy shop where I made objects with photos of the mask L’Inconnue de la Seine. I came across the mask on eBay in Germany, back when eBay was still a place of discovery, not...
  • On Accidentally Writing a Novel
    11 Jun 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    Dear Phantom Reader, Yes, it’s true – I seem to have written a novel, well, kind of on accident. So here’s the thing: readers and aspiring writers always want to know how writers structure their writi...
  • The Case of the Haunted Wardrobe
    20 Apr 2021 • 10 min read • 1 1
    Why do people ask, “Do you believe in ghosts or the supernatural?” Does ‘belief’ have anything to do with this? Perhaps. the human mind is impressionable, and those who wish to see angels, ghosts or s...
  • What are you going to do with a voice like that?
    06 Apr 2021 • 12 min read • 2 3
    Years ago, I tried out for a choir year at Chabot Junior College in Hayward, California. I gave the choir director the sheet music–I don’t remember which aria it was–and she accompanied me on piano wh...
  • The Blue Dog
    19 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 2 2
    Dear Phantom Reader, Have you ever done anything you regret? I don’t necessarily mean the bigger stuff, like breaking someone’s heart or betraying a friend, which of course you’d never do. I mean thos...
  • On Going to the Movies
    09 Jan 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Dear Phantom Reader, Do you remember the last time you went to the movies? I do. It was last February in the small town of Bad Tölz in Southern Bavaria. The movie theatre was called Capitol Theater an...
  • The Age of Air
    14 Dec 2020 • 7 min read • 3 0
    Dear Phantom Reader, How have you been holding up at the tail end of what has basically been the worst year ever? For my family and I, the year has not been all bad. My husband’s business didn’t reall...
  • I Loved Dick, I Just Didn't Know it Yet
    30 Aug 2020 • 6 min read
    Dear Phantom Reader, Have you ever fallen in love with the work of a writer when you least expected it even if you sometimes feel like throwing their books against the wall? I have. That writer is Phi...
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