Pivotal Points in Writing – What are Yours?

October 8 by

So, as is always the case, as I was looking for one thing, I found another.  This time, it was a short story I wrote as a senior in high school.  It was a story that was very close to me because I was about to graduate from high school, and I was terrified of the next steps.  I knew most everyone in my class was, but I also knew many were too scared to say it. It’s also the story I look back to as the first one with any real maturity to it.  It dealt with emotions that were real, a setting that was real, and a real impending event.  It helped me sort through those emotions, and come out on the other side knowing I wasn’t alone.  That I was in...

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Knowing when to give up

August 2 by

But if you see something that truly doesn’t belong in you anymore? Be brave. Admit it. Acknowledge it.

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To Fold or Not to Fold

July 28 by

Recently a friend on Facebook posed the question, “Read to the end of the chapter before you stop to sleep, or just stop where ever you are and go to sleep?”  In the course of the question he also made the comment that (paraphrasing here) it was absolutely horrible to fold the edge of the page in a book to mark your place while reading.  Many comments followed, some saying yes I fold, many agreeing with the original post, that folding was seriously NOT okay.  Of course his original question was also addressed in these many comments! (it was a tie on the actual question last time I looked!). A quick lesson on Facebook engagement before I go further with my commentary:  A great way to get folks to engage with your Facebook profile...

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Hesitation and jealousy

July 21 by

It happened again. I had a genius idea, years ago, and I sat on it. And guess what? Just like last time, someone else thought of it, acted on it, and the idea is going like gangbusters.

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3 Ways Curiosity is Your Best Friend

July 2 by

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother cold ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.”  Not long ago, as I was cleaning out a room at my farm house, I came across an old picture of one of my great, great relatives.  Not sure if she was an aunt or a grandmother, but the picture dates back to the 1800’s.  It was in a frame that looked to be of about the same era, but the frame was coming apart, and not actually repairable.  I decided to take the picture out and discard the frame. I pulled the outer backing off, and it came apart as I did.  Then I started to peel back an old piece of paper...

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A Willy-nilly Day

May 20 by

There’s a soft rain falling.  I’m sitting at my desk with the window in front of me open.  Two cats are perched on the shelf in front of the open window that I put there specifically for them (but now tends to house stacks of papers and books).  They are tolerating each other well.   We’re all mesmerized by the sounds and the smells coming from the open window.  And comfortable just hanging out in the same room together. It’s been that kind of day, though earlier it was sultry.  (Hot and moist in the south equals air that’s like breathing in liquid, and a stifling wet heat that sinks into your clothes and all the way to the skin.)  But today, I spent tooling around with a friend of mine.  We went to an...

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