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What to Do With One of Those Days

What kind of day will it be? Apparently, one of those days. At three a.m., the dog went off. I leapt from bed to find a (former) hot water heater spewing gallons of water through several rusted-out holes in the top, the result of which was three inches of water in the laundry and dining rooms. I attacked … Continue reading

Value in Writing Prompts?

I love writing prompts (or exercises or timed writings or writing practice, if you prefer). There’s great value in allowing yourself the freedom to follow your thoughts and the words appearing before you on the page as you write based on the prompt. The value, beyond the fun of creating something new, exercises can also be … Continue reading

Social Media! So What?

I’ve written in many forms, for many kinds of media. Currently I write a blog (among other things). And like most who write or read blogs, I’m also involved in social media. There’s a body of knowledge about anything in the world. The newer something is, the smaller (and faster growing) the body of knowledge … Continue reading

Finding the Rest Room

Busy-ness with business. An apt description of this past week, and next week, and the week after that. Besides my current 40-hour-a-week day job, I’ve been working on an editing job for a new client. It’s taken some time, probably more than I originally thought (which is good; she likes what I’m doing with it … Continue reading

National Parks in Crisis, by Wendy Hart Beckman

In these days when the world’s wisdom speaks of ‘going green’ to save the planet, few people realize that the United States National Park Service has been doing that since its inception. According to the wealth of information contained in Wendy Hart Beckman’s book, National Parks in Crisis, ‘going green’ is just one of many ways … Continue reading

Got Goals?

At the recent Antioch Writers’ Workshop, director Sharon Short asked me about my goals concerning my novel-in-progress. I think my expression was akin to looking at her like she had a bucket full of wombats on her head. I haven’t set goals for the novel, I told her, fighting the urge to hang my head as though I’d … Continue reading

Antioch Writers’ Workshop 2010: Ten Teachings and Tidbits

Yellow Springs, OH: Friday night marked a bittersweet ending to a fabulous (and sometimes frenetic) week of writerly activities at the 25th annual Antioch Writers’ Workshop. This workshop is famous among writing conferences for participants’ access to their always-amazing faculty, and this week was no exception. Attendees connected with, lunched with, and learned from some of … Continue reading

Real Famous People

So I am in Yellow Springs, Ohio, at the 25th Annual Antioch Writers Workshop. If you are a writer, this is a great place to be. Mixing with wannabes and not-yet-beens are former wannabes and not-yet-beens who now ARE. (Author Note – These statements are not meant to demean or demoralize any of the writers … Continue reading

The Hippies Were Right On

Next week, I’m headed to Yellow Springs, Ohio. It’s a little town nestled amid the cornfields, and famous for resident comedian Dave Chappelle, Antioch College (Rod Serling was a graduate), Young’s Jersey Dairy, and among other things, a long standing liberal mentality common to those counterculture commandos known as Hippies. I always wanted to be a … Continue reading

Lost in the Moment(um)

I’ve lost momentum on the book. This has lasted for about a month. I don’t like it (insert lowered eyebrows, frowny face, and tightened lips here). It started with THE MOVE. My novel-writing routine had been established. The plot’s framework was in place. Eight reasonably-tight chapters had been written. Several key characters had appeared. Momentum and … Continue reading