Status Interruptus

The past five days have involved everything but writing. While frustration overload threatened many times, a lot of good has come from Life stomping on the pause button without my permission. Day Eight will happen. Eventually. Meanwhile, I am toying with a few ideas that might help me organize and propel this story forward. A […]

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Day Four

That critical eye… Perhaps the most difficult part of writing — once I have actually gotten the words on the page — is being able to use a critical eye appropriately. I have a tendency to hyper-focus on all the wrong things, and thus, miss the most important issues that an objective reader will immediately […]

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Day … Two?

Writers often advise other writers to just get the words on the page—hammer it all out, don’t worry about format, grammar, whatever. Hammer it all out, and don’t bother reading until the story is done. I am incapable of this. Regardless of the type of project, be it an academic assignment, a poem, an email, […]

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Tense and Tension

That first five hours of magic and stunning word count production is a thing of the distant past. The Second Project was rudely interrupted by LIFE, and now I am having a difficult time getting back into it. I sat down late Saturday evening, once supper had put the rest of the household into a […]

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This Is Me Getting Over Myself

Ramshackle Houses, my¬†collection of poetry and creative nonfiction that I have been prattling on and on about for the past couple of weeks, has been completed and submitted. After all that prattling, after my reading friends put up with a half-dozen rewrites and all my bitching and moaning, and after pounding away at this thing […]

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Squinting To See The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Other than university assignments, a dribble of poems submitted to online venues, and a handful of stories written for another (member’s only) online venue, I have never finished an honest to goodness writing project. For more than three years now I’ve been toying with the idea of publishing a collection of my poems and nonfiction […]

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The Best of Intentions

I am a day-planner junkie and failed perfectionist. No one really notices, unless they read between the lines of all my bitching about my messy house, or my ridiculous schedule. Most people probably think I’m just a slob who has no real sense of time or direction, who only beleaguers lack of order and style […]

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