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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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inspiration.

This quote motivates me.  

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Mom, I’m in the Dictionary!

A very exciting thing happened to me today. A few hours after I came in to work, a colleague told me that I had been cited by the people who write the dictionary.   And, absurd as the claim seemed to be at the time, it was true! In an article on the changing uses of… Read more »

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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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Flattery Gets You Nowhere

These days, it’s easy for writers to become convinced that all work we put out into the world is equally good. Most people in our circles are not writers, after all, and will like everything we post on Facebook. They will say that your work is just lovely and that, in itself, can be very… Read more »