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your judgment is a little off

Whining writers are not interesting. Nobody wants to hear somebody who spends inordinate amounts of time alone making up stuff complaining how hard it is….blah, blah, blah…I get tired of myself sometimes. This is why I write fiction–I can pretend to be listening to somebody else. Now, while it certainly is said that worrying about … Continue reading

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hypocrite

I don’t listen to my own advice. Of course, the world is full of people who don’t follow their own words of wisdom–but that’s no excuse. I’m horribly stuck in the last pages of my novel. I can’t figure it out. I stare at the screen, type a sentence, and give up. The entire novel … Continue reading

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The Escape

The Badger–The Escape Edition A little late but finally here to badger you! How is the writing? Exciting scenes and clever dialogue? Of course there are–because you wouldn’t be ignoring me, now would you? Are you half way done? Looking at the finish line? Stuck? Keep writing anyway. If you keep writing you’ll get unstuck, … Continue reading

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Be Famous

Sometimes blogging is like running around the schoolyard, and now I’m It. Shelli was It, but she got me–seems I slowed down to adjust my bookbag and she tagged my hand that holds my pen. So, now I shall skip on over to the picnic table under the tree (imagine apartment wall as giant tree … Continue reading

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Concrete Makes a Strong Impression

I’ve got five thousand other things to write and rant about, but I just want to rant about children’s books and movies that must spell out a moral lesson or self-destruct. Hey, of course I’m all for children learning about right and wrong and everything in between, but I object to lectures (sermons) that poorly … Continue reading

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Hair on Fire!

So, there’s this book, Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire by Rafe Esquith, and a coworker, who I like and respect and admire (really), loves this book. Listening to her talk about it makes me love the book too. Hey, I want to be a great teacher. Sure I do. I also want to be … Continue reading

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doing terrible things

She’s in trouble. A character in my novel, you see. Perhaps I’ve grown so attached to her that I want to keep her safe. But what would I be keeping her safe from? My imagination–a terrible thing indeed. Of course, I know she doesn’t really exist. There is the fictional world and the real one … Continue reading

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it ain’t literary

Okay, I’ve decided (foolishly or not). I’m writing a modern, gothic, fairy tale. Hey, everything needs a label these days–you know it’s true. And people and agents tend to ask (if they get so far as to care) what kind of novel it is. Fantasy, mystery, erotica, romance, blah, blah, blah… Saying “literary” sounds lame. … Continue reading