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Rabbits, Writing, and Corpses

“I saw the bobcat by the shed. I think it’s here because of the rabbits,” my dad said the other day. “There aren’t as many rabbits around now.” “Do you remember when I tried to hide rabbits in my closet, Dad?” We have never talked about those rabbits. “Sure,” he said. “That bobcat is big. … Continue reading

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running around loose with 50 grand

I hated Brownies, Girl Scouts, and Girls’ Club. After-school clubs, organizations, or whatever you were supposed to join to add sparkle to your college application–no. And sororities? They scared the hell out of me. Anything that comes with a cheer is instant soul-sucking death. I might have shortened my life expectancy by going to a … Continue reading

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False Advertising Me

“Can I buy you a drink?” he asked me. He was at least 45. I was 22. He wore a suit and gold watch. I was wearing what my friends called the pocket dress–because you could fold it up and put it in your pocket. I was also wearing a hot pink jacket and hot … Continue reading

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Hold on for dear life.

The night of our first date, I watched for him out my bedroom window. He parked on the street which was silvery with earlier rain. A couple house down, he crossed the street at an angle, his long coat making him look far more romantic and heroic than he could ever possibly be. The coat … Continue reading

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It is all in the numbers.

Isabel Allende begins every novel she writes on January 8th. Lots of hopeful writers begin their first novel on November 1st thinking that 30 days and 50 thousand words will tell a story. Julia Cameron says to write 3 morning pages a day to reach far enough into your creativity. Joseph Wambaugh says he writes … Continue reading