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Thinking poetically

In December of 2007, I had a period of frustration early in Advent, facing the tension between holiday chores and holiday expectations. I could have journalled or blogged about the feeling, at some length. Instead, I condensed it into 5 … Continue reading

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Too many projects?

Oh the irony: I write a post about scheduling writing time so as not to feel guilty about writing … and then spend a couple of months doing just about anything except updating this blog! And, while I have two … Continue reading

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Giving ourselves permission to dream

How often have you felt guilty about how you were spending your time? I think we all have those moments. But when you start feeling that way most of the time, you should start thinking about why you feel guilty … Continue reading

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To plan or not to plan …

Perhaps the most frustrating part of writing for me is when I know where I want to go with my essay or proposal or story, but can’t see how to get there. Sometimes, I don’t even know how to start. … Continue reading

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I write therefore I comprehend?

This year, despite a calendar full of Advent activities, the Christmas season seemed to spring up unexpectedly, catching me unprepared. My gift-choosing and –making fell sadly behind schedule and I still haven’t made all the cookies I intended to and … Continue reading

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What are you thankful for as a writer?

Without even pausing to think, I would answer the question of what I’m thankful for as a writer with  one word: computers! Of course, I have plenty of other blessings that allow me to write, such as disposable time in … Continue reading

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Not just a novelist

I have friends who’ve reported reaching 25K, 30K, 40K words on their nanowrimo novels already. Well, I’ve got nearly 1.9K now. Up from 1.2K a week ago. Just. But after taking the latter part of Thursday evening to drive west … Continue reading

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Awe and wonder

Last night marked the peak for this year of the Leonid meteor shower. The past couple of years’ peaks have come and gone behind solid cloud here in Chicago, not an uncommon occurrence this time of year. But yesterday dawned … Continue reading

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Write what you love

One of the many things I love would be animals. So I write a column about animals—specifically, pets—for Examiner.com, an online news organization with numerous regional offices. I live in Chicago’s western suburbs, so I write my “Pets Examiner” column … Continue reading

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How to start loving writing

Reluctant or forced writers need to get beyond the negatives that keep them from wanting to write. Too often, such writers have gotten stuck at the “I’ve got to do this or fail this course/lose my job” level of motivation. … Continue reading

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