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MARCH

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Fiction Needs Closeups Too

Cold  weather all week here and my container plants are covered.  My bulbs are  emerging and they’re covered too, but so far freezing temperatures  didn’t take out any weeds. A gardener can dream. And I cannot look away from the heartbreaking horrors in Ukraine. Utter madness. I realize how hard it is for writers and […]

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Before children speak, they sing

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Deliberate Practice

I’ve been watching the Olympics this week and last night was thrilled when 22 year-old Nathan Chen won the gold medal in men’s figure skating. Mixed in with the events were various interviews and backstories on the athletes, including  their previous wins and losses, personal tragedies, and injuries. Before Malcom Gladwell wrote in Outliers: The […]

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Great writing makes great demands of the writer

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February

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Been reading a lot lately?

Do you read more in the winter? I believe reading is better with a blanket to snuggle under. I also believe the Gregorian Calendar established in 1582 by the Catholic Church ignores the real seasons of the year. Surely the year starts in spring when nature is awakening. The library I haunted as kid was […]

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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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