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Already Taken

I hate it when I come up with a title only to discover someone else has already used it. Have you done that? What are the rules? I’ve searched for books before and found several books with the same or very similar titles, but usually they’re in different genres or written generations apart. Most of … Continue reading

The Obituary Project
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The Obituary Project

The Obituary Project is almost done. Most every participant has received her obituary. I say “her” because for some reason, almost no men signed up for the project. Only one. Not sure if that means anything. Two people asked me to make stuff up. Those were fun but more daunting. How do you write an … Continue reading

Living Past Birthdays
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Living Past Birthdays

In a few days, I’ll celebrate another birthday. This birthday will make me older than my mother (pictured) was when she died. She died when I was 21, and I remember one night (though it was probably actually many nights) failing to sleep and thinking about the future without my mom. In my dorm room, … Continue reading

The Halloween Chronicles
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The Halloween Chronicles

Nothing scary is happening. Not yet, anyway. Oh, scary things lurk nearby, certainly. Ebola has come to my state. War wages in far too many places to list. Terrorists plot somewhere. Something you don’t expect waits right around the corner. But I’m sitting on my patio, glimpsing fireflies and listening to the whir of the … Continue reading