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Literary Ambitions and Lack of Execution

It was a two-week hiatus that went on for almost two months. The end of the summer was hard and not writing was just that much easier. But yes, I have officially opened the Word Document with the 120,000-word “pet project” (at this point, I am comfortable enough to say that I am fairly deep… Read more »

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Life Idols: Joan Didion

Most girls see some part of themselves in Audrey Hepburn. My creative and professional icon is actually Joan Didion, the journalist who made travel reporting and broody coverage of social fragmentation happen when it was anything but cool. Despite starting more than sixty years within one another, our early lives certainly carry certain similarities: Didion was… Read more »

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…write more…

“If you feel pushed to create something, create. You will work out all the technical stuff later.” (To the stranger who told me those words at a bar, thank you. For someone who is just starting to wade her toes into some longer writing, this was exactly what I needed to hear.)  

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In The Future…

In the future, we will no longer need to burn books. Most people will just not read them — voluntarily. (That, my friends, is my depressing thought of the day. See you tomorrow.)  

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The Writing Space.

The writing/creative space: we all have one. Right now, mine is not particularly elegant or interesting. Instead of the sprawling mahogany table with a window onto the ocean, it is a desk with lots of Diet Coke and string cheese.   In other words, so me.  

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To Read, A List

For the first time in many years, I have the opportunity to read. A lot. I read articles, books, blogs, forums and other text that  other people thought about and then put into the world. It seems like I’m always either reading or writing something these days. But if you are any kind of literary… Read more »

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5 Weird English Words, A List.

You do not have to be a writer or a linguist to appreciate a good rare word. There are some words that you just want to pronounce endlessly — due to the unusual combination of sounds, they are just that much fun to say. Here is my own list of recently-learned verbal favourites.   cacoethes, noun –… Read more »

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The Annoying Idea That Won’t Go Away

I want to write a book. The idea has been sitting with me since I could write (even when I was a child, I’d tell people I’d write books for a living) but has lately started to come up in my thoughts almost to the point of an obsession. Untold stories weigh you down with both… Read more »

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Weird Writing Prompts Stay Weird

  Is there anything better than the unexpected package? Full of quirky writing prompts, this journal by Brandon T. Snider was sent to me as a cheer-up package from home. Certain people (hi, Dad) know me too well; the idea is that it’ll give you, the writer, ideas on days when the words just do not… Read more »

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Finding Money In Strange Places

  Certain days are not like any others. On certain days, you walk into a used bookstore, pick up an unassuming book by Saint-Exupéry and find a 50 franc note hidden among the pages. For imaginative people like me, this can set off a whole train of questions. Who put it there? Has anyone opened… Read more »