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My personal cognitive dissonance? Pessimistic idealism

I’m guessing that buried somewhere in my genome is the heart of a sunny optimist, someone who always looks for the best in any situation and truly believes tomorrow will be better. Unfortunately (or not), life beat that predilection out … Continue reading

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If only the writing life came with a decoder ring…

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Which POV do you prefer? Do you use more than one POV character? You don’t head-hop, do you? If you’re writing a series, does your character arc span each book or the entire … Continue reading

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Not quite as ferocious as Zuul perhaps, but still…those gatekeepers!

Gatekeepers are – by definition, I suppose – intimidating individuals. How else could they keep out the riff-raff? In the writing world, those obstacles take on the form of agents, editors, and publishers…all with the goal of assuring quality publications … Continue reading

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Eight of Cups

Eight of Cups: moving on realizing the current cycle is over abandoning a hopeless situation disentangling yourself starting on a trip of unknown length letting go finishing up and walking away Almost one year ago (February 5, 2018, to be exact), … Continue reading

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Light and refreshing, with a bit of a kick

We talked art and music and creativity. We shared literary inspired cocktails…and were serenaded by a barbershop quartet. Continue reading

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My 2018 summed up in two words: Unrealistic expectations

I learned that my expectations of myself and of those around me are often sadly misaligned with reality. Continue reading

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KISS isn’t so stupid

As a teacher, I often find myself assuming a level of knowledge that doesn’t exist, and I’m frustrated, both with the student (“How can you not know that?”) and with myself (“Given the audience, why would you make that assumption?”). … Continue reading

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Whoosh!

I just spent the last half-hour shredding an innocent stack of receipts and papers rather than finish doing our taxes. Yes, I know it’s April; don’t judge! Our house is never cleaner than when I have a stack of papers … Continue reading

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Regrets…more than a few

Sometimes life throws out a roadblock to stop the infernal busy-ness society tells us is so important – working 50+ hours a week, writing a book, or running for office – and as we stumble over reality, we’re reminded what … Continue reading

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Money, money, money…

I don’t know whether it makes the world go ’round like Liza tells us in Cabaret, or if it’s funny like ABBA says in Mama Mia (rewatched for the umpteenth time Friday night), but it’s certainly the focus of Western … Continue reading

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