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Write Your Ending First

Rains finally arrived on Sunday to our parched region and for the past three nights I’ve fallen asleep to the lullaby of rain coming down. With devastating hurricanes terrorizing the south Atlantic and yesterday’s earthquake in Mexico, it seems selfish to complain about weather these days, but there have been wildfires raging for months here […]

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“That’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” Walt Disney

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Winter is Coming so Move Forward

Yesterday was the full moon, also called the harvest moon. I haven’t seen the moon since Saturday because nearby wildfires, more accurately the smoke and ashes from them,  have shrouded the moon and stars.  Our region is grayed by a perpetual dusk, ash is falling eerily, and the air is nearly unbreathable. Gazing around the […]

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September

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We’re writers, let’s bring solace and decency and justice to the world.

All I know is that I wasted all these years looking for something, a sort of trophy I’d get only if I really, really did enough to deserve it. But I don’t want it anymore, I want something else now, something warm and sheltering, something I can turn to, regardless of what I do, regardless […]

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Neil Gaiman on the writer’s lonely road

It’s not a bad thing for writer not to feel at home. Writers–we’re much more comfortable at parties standing in the corner watching everybody else having a good time than we are mingling. ~ Neil Gaiman

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The purpose of being a serious writer….

The purpose of being a serious  writer is not to express oneself, and it is not to make something beautiful, though one might do those things anyway. Those things are besides the point. The purpose of being a serious writer is to keep  people from despair. If you keep that in mind always, the wish […]

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August

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Remember you love writing.

Remember you love writing.  It wouldn’t be worth it if you didn’t. If the love fades do what you need to and get it back Remember writing doesn’t love you. It doesn’t care.  Nevertheless, it can behave with remarkable generosity. Speak well of it,  encourage others, pass it on. A. L. Kennedy

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Word by Word: Openings make a promise to the reader

It’s full-on summer. and nights are again growing quiet after the raucous explosions from Fourth of July celebrations. Roses are spilling over throughout town, heat blasts from the sky until it bakes everything below including the miserable clay soil I’ve inherited in this yard, the roads are filled with campers and trailers, vacationers heading to […]

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