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Seven Random Things

Over at Matt’s blog I said I’d do this meme thing–seven random things about me for what they’re worth. 1. My great-aunt accused me of being sexist when I was eight for writing a poem about the sun and making the sun male. 2. With a tape recorder I taped The Wizard of Oz from … Continue reading

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I knew I was a writer when…

After reading a post by a friend, I thought about the question of when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I realized I don’t know the answer. I remember writing a short story in the fifth grade. I remember writing poems for my grandmother when I was eight. I remember reading everything interesting … Continue reading

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The Next Thrill

The thrill of hitting 50k has not worn off. To be honest, the thrill of 50k from previous years has not worn off. I cherish my little successes and I love every story. Maybe this is wildly egomaniacal, but I really do love every novel I’ve written no matter what shape it’s in. My love … Continue reading

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I won, I won, I won!

Well, the story isn’t over, but I reached my 50K for NaNoWriMo, and I am way too please with myself. Excuse me, where is the fanfare? Where’s the confetti? Where is the champagne? But now comes the hard part–putting the thing together in a coherent form. Ha! But I don’t do NaNo to say I’ve … Continue reading

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Stuff in Space

Inspired by RadioLab, here is a question–if you were to gather things together for a space capsule, those “perfect” things to represent us, this human race, to send to the social scientists, artists, politicians, gossip columnists, et al of another planet, what would those things be? (And come on now, at least one of them … Continue reading

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It’s the Sacrifice, Stupid.

Thoughts of virtue, sacrifice, and vows of poverty have been hanging about lately, and while I read about them in a context that is not about writing, I am certainly capable of making that leap. For the moment I’m interested in sacrifice… and I’ll get to the point in a roundabout way. One of my … Continue reading

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Avoiding Reality

This NaNo novel (currently at 43k!) is taking something of a fairy tale turn. I blame the websites Endicott Studio and In the Labyrinth. Well, I can never write a story straight–meaning that I can’t keep everything in the real world. Odd things wind their way into my stories and I can’t take them out … Continue reading