Still Writing
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Still Writing

Against my better judgment, I’m participating in Story-a-Day May again this year. (If you’re giving it a try, let me know!) I love Story-a-Day because it motivates me. I like the pressure. It’s why I like NaNoWriMo as well. With no pressure, I’ll just sit and stare into space, dismissing every idea and distracting myself … Continue reading

The Obituary Lesson
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The Obituary Lesson

The other day I listened to an On the Media radio story about the decline of the beat reporter, and one beat they covered was the obituary beat. I struck by the realization that so many papers no longer cover obituaries, and while some papers might have an online version, families have to pay every … Continue reading

Advice Giving and Other Pains
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Advice Giving and Other Pains

I don’t like being asked for advice. I don’t want to be asked which job you should take or what you should do about a relationship. I have an opinion (I’m full of opinions!), but I don’t need more responsibility. What happens if you follow my advice and everything goes wrong? Blame is what happens. … Continue reading