Monthly Archives: November 2019

Ask any kid; they’ll tell you…

Okay, so it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. And yes, I know everyone complains that businesses push to get the Christmas shopping season started earlier every year, and that is undeniably true. BUT–sometimes getting the jump on the holidays is a … Continue reading

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A Pre-Turkey Post (Encore)

There’s something to be said for writing about the history of holidays, and the one that’s nearly upon us is a great example. Just about the time our Halloween pumpkins rot down to puddles of orange slag, Ta-Da — it’s … Continue reading

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Oh, those damned middles! (Encore)

You know how it starts, and you know how it ends. Now what? For many, including most of my writing students, the gaping black hole which sits between the beginning and the end of a story can be daunting. How … Continue reading

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I write fiction, not memoir. Or do I? (Encore)

I can’t count the number of times I’ve told folks I make stuff up for a living. Depending on who I’m talking to, I may substitute a different S-word for “stuff.” Shock value, y’know; it’s important sometimes. So, how do … Continue reading

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