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December

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November

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A starting place for fiction writers

Well, we’re galloping through October and the region is finally getting real, soaking, save-our- parched-earth rainfall around here. In fact, we had a booming thunder storm–a rarity in the Pacific Northwest. But since November and NaNoWriMo {National Novel Writing Month} are just around the bend, I wanted to mention a few things about starting a […]

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The books I reread form a scaffold for my time

“The books I read form a scaffold for my time and also a scaffold for my thoughts. I reread to mark the progression of my own thoughts, to agree or disagree with a sentence or passage, to further a conversation begun in the previous reading. Sometimes–this is rare though it happens–rereading does come to a […]

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October

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September

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August

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Yes I am a dreamer.

Yes I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he can see dawn before the rest of the world. ~ Oscar Wilde

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Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare..

“Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed? Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds […]

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