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As long as you are watching.

“Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.” ~ J.C. Watts (and others) Conversely, what about doing the right thing especially when others are watching? Most of us have had moments (too many, in my experience) when it was … Continue reading

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The journey, not the destination (Yeah, right!)

Persistence: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition Another whirlwind week on the writing/campaign journey, and the parallels continue to astound me. As any writer knows, persistence is key to this life … Continue reading

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Parallel journeys: writing and politics

As an introverted (if opinionated) writer, I have never imagined myself taking the bizarre leap I was offered this week. Of course, I said that about teaching, too, and I’ve been doing that for seven years now. But this is … Continue reading

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Maybe I’m not alone…

As I struggle to find my too-long-absent writing life, this post appears in my Facebook feed today. When the mind is ready… via Writing is Everything

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On Not Writing

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
Happy children! Loud happy children! This is the blog post I didn’t write because it was a terrible idea. So why even start? This is the blog post I didn’t write because the…

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The Forest for the Trees

Originally posted on BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog:
There’s a story in there somewhere… I’ve been querying a book and it has not been going well. I had a few requests from conference meetings and Twitter pitchfests, but in the actual…

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A Response to Jia Tolentino’s “The Personal-Essay Boom is Over”

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By Zoë Bossiere A couple of weeks ago, a piece by Jia Tolentino came out in The New Yorker called “The Personal-Essay Boom is Over.” The title alone was enough to deluge social…

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Paradigm shift alert – for this site and for my life

I’ve moved this from my home page where it was originally posted February 1, 2017. The standard wisdom in the publishing world is for authors to avoid controversial topics on their websites and social media for fear of alienating potential … Continue reading

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Never Call Yourself a Writer, and Other Rules for Writing

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By Shawna Kenney First thought, best thought; revise, revise, revise. Write first thing in the morning when the mind is alert; write at night and never while sober. Do it alone, in an office…

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Look what the wind blew in!

What fun to write my guest post for Patricia McLinn’s blog this past week, in a whirlwind trip down memory lane! I revisited one of my many past lives – this one as a police/fire/9-1-1 dispatcher in the late ’70s/early … Continue reading

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