Kamy Wicoff shares her tips from the trenches as she promotes her
new novel Wishful Thinking, out this April
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Wow! It has already been a momentous week… and it is not over yet! It began Monday with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day of reflection and service followed on Tuesday by President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Other than Election Day, this is one of the most important days for American citizens. It is when we have the opportunity to hear the sitting president’s vision for the future of our country. It doesn’t get any better than this! Oh, wait…it just did! Wednesday evening I was one of the lucky Americans invited to be on an informal call talking about the State of the Union with Vice President Joe…Continue
My path to writing began with reading. I think that great writers always stem from great readers, and while I would not say I have become the former, I definitely spent a good deal of time mastering the latter. When I was in middle school, I was the kid who had hair that often looked dirty and clothes that had never been in season, and on any given day I was carrying at least three books. Why three? Because I might want a change of tone or scene or perspective at any moment, and being stuck somewhere with only one reading option was my nightmare.
I’ve been spending a lot of time the past few months really trying to make time to write. You can probably guess my New Year’s resolution: to finish my novel and take the next step, wherever that may lead. It occurred to me this week that while I’ve made…Continue
According to Wikipedia, an Italian publisher named Aldus Manutius the Elder (1449–1515) is credited for having invented the semicolon. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, however, states that the first known use of the semicolon didn’t occur until the year 1644. Whatever the facts are, the first person responsible for stacking a period atop a comma probably had no idea how many centuries’ worth of confusion would result from that seemingly simple act.
In the year 2015, the semicolon is perhaps the most widely misunderstood and misused punctuation mark out there. In the wrong hands, it sometimes replaces a colon, sometimes stands in for a comma, and sometimes ends up forming the eyes in a winking emoticon. None of these applications honors semicolons’ intended purpose, which is twofold.
Semicolon Usage #1
The first, and most common, usage of the semicolon is to join two independent clauses in a single sentence in a way that implies a greater…Continue
My tendency in all things is to go quickly, to get it out of the way, to get it over and done with already. This mentality comes in handy with certain things: moving boxes, cleaning houses, putting away laundry, anything that requires physical strength, really.
But my boyfriend is the complete opposite. When we moved my things from New Hampshire to western Massachusetts, he took an entire morning to properly distribute the weight of my belongings in the trailer. Something about how if everything was too far forward it would take the weight off the front of his truck and make us spin out on the highway or something. I don’t know. What I do know is that he was at work on this for six hours and at one o’clock I snapped and started piling boxes on top of all of his…Continue
Posted Thought for the Day, a line from an Ellen Bass poem.
Write a piece focused on forgetfulness. Perhaps write a list poem consisting of the things you forgot last week/month/year. Or writer a story or nonfiction piece focused on a certain instance of forgetfulness.
It happened all unexpectedly about two weeks ago.
Well, not really, I expected an answer, just not so quickly.
I sent an email earlier that day and received an automated response to expect a reply in three to four weeks. Later that evening, I was checking my mail before before bed and saw a response had arrived already. I opened the email and was like…
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