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And now for something completely different! (Variety is good, I’m told.) My baby brother, of whom I’m ridiculously proud, and his brilliant girlfriend, who is truly amazing for reals, are in the process of polishing a documentary they filmed about … Continue reading

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The adage goes, “if you write, then you’re a writer.” A seemingly simple message with a profound undercurrent. You don’t have to do anything special to be a writer, but you do have to write, and sometimes that can be … Continue reading

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We’re going to take a tiny hiatus from me haranguing you all about hyphens to talk about a few grammar rules you might still be clinging to from high-school days of yore. Rules that are so ingrained in your brain … Continue reading

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“Donde esta el baño” is pretty much the extent of my Spanish speaking ability (and yes, I took three years of Español in high school), so of course, I want my nine-month-old to be fluent. That way I can save … Continue reading

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Thesaurus. There, I said it. I know Stephen King (famous thesaurus disparager) is somewhere headdesking even as I type, but I am willing to own—even celebrate—that I use a thesaurus. With regularity, in fact. And I know I’m not the … Continue reading

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Last Thursday, I had a fantastic, thoroughly painful massage. It was agonizing in all the best ways, and of course, this made me think of writing (yes, I know, I have a problem–I’m looking into the 12-step thing, but there … Continue reading

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Before I played it, you knew my hand… ~Nicki Minaj “Right Thru Me” Inspiration from music. We all get it, right? At least, all us music lovers do. We say, “Ooo, wouldn’t THAT make a great story? I could see … Continue reading

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So many writers struggle with dialogue, and yet it’s a vital part of “showing not telling” in a narrative. The trick is getting it to read as effortless as it should sound during a normal conversation. Luckily, there’s a super … Continue reading

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I’m a firm believer that if you write, you’re a writer. But there was a time in the now (thankfully) distant past that (a) I didn’t have the confidence to call myself a writer, and (b) I didn’t have the … Continue reading

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