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Haha. I started out as if I was writing an email. TO THE WORLD. Or maybe just the few people that will read this. Anyway, I’m throwing a pet food party! My local humane society works together with the county in a Pet Pantry initiative, which provides small bags of cat and dog food to […]

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My husband and I have a habit of getting into things as they’re just about to go off the rails. We’re like the Ted McGinley of festival-goers. In 2008, we went to Comic-Con in San Diego, mostly for the writing, television, and film sessions, less for the comic books (comics?). I know, we’re part of […]

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Yes. Yes, you need an editor. And I’m not just saying that because I get paid to do that kind of stuff. Writing Is Tough Enough It’s not surprising people are hesitant to hire an editor. When I was in elementary/middle/high school, we had to follow a writing process, as I imagine you did as well. […]

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For the most part, interviewing isn’t something you can just learn in a class. Like anything else, it takes practice to become really good. Or at least not awful. I should keep count of how many folks I’ve interviewed, but for some reason, I consider it almost like someone boasting about how many deer they’ve […]

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I want to suck your blood. Blurgh. It’s just such a boring phrase. With vampires, it’s all “I this,” and “I that.” Perhaps it’s because they’re so focused on one thing. Regardless, when every sentence begins with the same subject, the writing can get a little tedious and uninteresting. Vampire-speak often works for children’s literature […]

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I never took the Myers-Briggs test. Or maybe I took a fake one, once. But whatever personality test I did take had me dead to rights as a Grade A perfectionist whose finger was nearly attached to the backspace button. Editing while writing (EWW) is an awful habit to get into and even harder to break. For […]

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I feel awful, and it has nothing to do with the local grocery store not wanting to give me a hat that says “World’s Best Customer” and includes all the employees’ signatures. I don’t think that’s asking too much. The fact is, I’m a huge liar. My snack of the week, as mentioned in the site, is no longer […]

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Recently a friend told me her 16-year-old daughter was contemplating a career in writing. The problem wasn’t that she didn’t think she was good or didn’t like to write. No, she was worried that she wouldn’t make any money as a writer. Ah. The rub. Damn you, capitalism! There is a huge misconception that writers can only make […]

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