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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

For some reason, I’ve been thinking about a camping trip I took with my high school science club. I don’t remember which year of high school it was. I think we had three boys and three girls, along with our chemistry/physics teacher as a chaperone. We hiked the Grand Canyon and camped for a few... Continue Reading →

Of Clichés and the Wisdom of Elders

Writers often hear we must avoid using clichés and well-known metaphors in our writing. While that’s usually good writing advice, it can also lead writers to craft metaphors or similes that just… well, fail. (If you want a chuckle, some examples are here.) Sometimes, those clichéd phrases or old sayings feel like the only way... Continue Reading →

Toxic Fandom

A few days ago, an old college acquaintance posted a conversation she’d had with one of her teenage children. They’re both fans of an author who has had a large gap between books in a series. Their conversation was a joking exchange about tying the writer to a chair until they completed the next book.... Continue Reading →

A Scattershot of Hot Takes

Two issues have raised my ire this week. The first Dumpster fire is, of course, the impeachment of Donald Trump. I don't think anyone is surprised that Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to derail the impeachment and protect the party's leader. I'm not, anyway. I just didn't realize that the entire leadership was... Continue Reading →

You’ve Been Summoned

Today is a soapbox day. You’ve been warned. One of my coworkers received a jury duty notification recently. Everyone has offered their suggestions on what to say to get out of serving. I won’t join that discussion because the idea of shirking jury duty infuriates me. Yes, I know America’s judicial system is flawed. Yes,... Continue Reading →

A Writer and Her Tools

Most writers have favorite tools and processes they use. I’ve been reviewing my preferences and considering how they affect my writing process. I thought writing a post about the topic might give me more clarity and perhaps suggest places where I can change or improve my workflow. When I first started writing on a computer,... Continue Reading →

What Is a Legacy?

I used to think the idea of a midlife crisis was absurd. Why, I wondered, did so many people hit a certain age and then suddenly blow up their carefully crafted lives? Now that I’m in my late forties, I don’t find the idea of a midlife crisis absurd at all. I recently encountered Erik... Continue Reading →

Musings on Storytelling

Have you ever noticed a pattern where lots of things you read, watch, or discuss keep coming back to the same theme or concept? Almost as if the universe (or your preferred deity) is trying to make you sit up and pay attention? That’s been happening to me a lot over the past few weeks.... Continue Reading →

Coda: Writerly Foibles

I’m not sure my earlier piece was as clear as I’d like. Rather than taking it down, I’m adding a second post. When thinking about what terrain writers can and cannot cover, I think the key is recognizing that there’s a difference between writers as creators and writers as publishing professionals. When writers are in... Continue Reading →

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