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NaNoWriMo Update: Pre-Race Stretching

NaNoWriMo begins in 6 short days, and I have been getting positively antsy with anticipation. The prep work that seemed insurmountable 5 days ago is now neatly tucked into a few forgiving notebooks. Of course, I still have about a month’s worth of work to do before November 1st; but I feel I have already conquered the most elusive NaNo demon: pace. Continue reading

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The Hybrid Animal

I have been waiting – and trembling in secret anticipation – for acceptance to nursing school. This week, sweet word came in the form of a short email: Congratulations! You’ve done it! You have sold the next two years of … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: The Joy That Kills

Was it the desperate search for direction? As a writer, you’re always a sentence away from desertion. Was it the regretful qualm that external motivation surpasses internal drive? Or maybe, misguidedly, I sought again the comfort of knowing that there … Continue reading

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Book-Slut: A Guide to Literary Promiscuity

Apparently, the best route to becoming well-read is to spread it around. Jane Mallison, author of the 2007 guide Book Smart: Your Essential Reading List for Becoming a Literary Genius in 365 Days, assembles a list of 120 books that … Continue reading

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Harry Potter: A Love That Lasts a Lifetime

I have been reading Harry Potter since the age of 14, and have made a pilgrimage to every movie like I was spiritually bound to do so. Part one of the final film installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name

I spent the better part of a week doing research for the name of one of my characters. Not my main character, mind, which came to me long ago, from my deep unconscious. This character is that which rubs against … Continue reading

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A House of Cards

Under the omnipotent direction of Robert Olen Butler, I have spent the last 20 hours etching out ‘scenes’ in a $1.27 composition book. These scenes are the matrix of the bones of my novel. I have had this story between … Continue reading

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