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I’ve been reading a lot lately

Here’s the story

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Write against patterns

Write against patterns. Or go against the devils. Write what your never write. Lie. Validate what you don’t validate. Indulge what you don’t like.  Wallow in it. Write the opposite of what you always write, think, speak. Do everything against the grain! ~Deena Metzger from Writing from Your Life

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Hard times are coming…

Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom–poets, visionaries–realists of larger reality. ” […]

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Some Writing Days are Better than Others

Here we are slogging through another January amid challenging times. It’s Monday and the morning news is reporting a startling list of local schools that are closed or shifting to online learning because of Omicron. Pediatric hospital admissions are on the rise, and, besides teachers, there are not enough hospital staff, bus drivers, airline workers, […]

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January 2022

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Your Word of the Year

It’s that time. To bid 2021 adieu. Kick it down the road. And look ahead. As I’ve written here before, in late December I choose a word to focus on during the upcoming year. I focus on the word because it signifies my mindset and intentions. It serves as a touchstone, mantra, and theme to […]

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Happy Yule

Wishing all a lovely Solstice as the light returns.

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Use Brain Science for Better Writing Results

Foggy, drizzly weather here in the Pacific Northwest. Last night I stepped out onto my porch to see if the moon was visible. The current moon phase is a waxing crescent. Low clouds had moved in obscuring the moon and stars, the air was cold enough to be bracing, and snow was falling in the […]

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December

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