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Me-Time Is All in My Head

There is this phrase floating around–me-time. Hasn’t it floated your way? Haven’t you said, “I need some me-time?” or some variation on that at some point or another since you reached adulthood? Well, I tell you who doesn’t say it–children and men. Okay, maybe men do say it. To be honest, my experience with men … Continue reading

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Book Burning Alternative

Okay, I would never in a million lifetimes plus one burn a book without a death threat being involved, but sometimes those shelves get a little crowded. I bet your books would rather be part of a castle, too, than part of a dust collection. Dust bunnies aren’t nearly as fun as four-year-olds, and they … Continue reading

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The Amazing List

I’ve got this amazing list of things I can do to avoid writing the last chapter of this novel.  The first thing on the list is write this post.  The next thing is pick up a tag and run with it.  The third thing is make…  Oh, hell. There’s nothing amazing about procrastination or avoidance. Continue reading

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not self-obsessed every minute of the day

The writing life often becomes the self-involved life. Writers spend lots of time alone in their own heads and awash in insecurity. Writers keep everything they scribble on, every conversation they overhear, every interesting bit they observe–they keep everything that serves the writing and disregard the rest. I for one have ignored my family, my … Continue reading

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an awful, sucky, icky, pissy day

There are thousands more important things to write about, but I just want to observe that when a person has had an awful day at work–a truly awful, sucky, worst-day-in-years sort of day–it is nearly impossible to write anything. Most of the time I can shake off annoyances and throw myself into my story. Not … Continue reading