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I was carving a linoleum block at a summer art class. Everything was going great, but suddenly the knife slipped and I made a mistake. An unfixable mistake.
Ugh! Now the whole thing was ruined!
Then my instructor hurried over with some words of wisdom-- words I’ve turned to again and again in my writing life.
The mistake, the problem, doesn’t ruin the work of art, she said. In fact, addressing the problem is what art is all about. The problem is the art.
At the beginning of the project that became my book, We Are Here, I interviewed my uncle Will about his experiences in a Lithuanian ghetto during the Holocaust years. When my…Continue
Have you heard this one? A witch and a vampire walk into a bar and have a drink. They fall in love, but are forbidden to have a relationship. A conflict ensues and they spend the next three books trying to overcome prejudice, political malice, and murderous behavior.
How would you describe that book to a friend? Is it a paranormal romance? An urban fantasy? Vampire romance? Or would you call it plain old fiction or literature? The answer, it turns out, is it depends . . .
As writers, genres matter. They’re meant to serve as guideposts to help readers find us. For books that are traditionally published, …Continue
This weekend I submitted four stories to over twenty different journals. The stories were ready to go out. They had either been rejected and needed to be resubmitted or had been finished recently and had to be sent out. I watched my Submittable list accumulate. I entered my submissions on Duotrope. And for a minute I felt proud. For a minute I felt like I used to feel when I would go back-to-school shopping and would line all of my items up on my bed when I got home: shorts, t-shirts, folders, and crayons.
It felt like possibility. It felt like hope.
And then I spent the rest of the weekend obsessing over my submissions. It’s like going back to school, too, in that…Continue
In last week's post, I explained when to use the pronouns "I" vs. "me." Today, I'd like to discuss when to use the pronoun "myself," which I've been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit.
This is a correct usage of "myself"
Following are some common examples of how I hear "myself" used incorrectly:
WHAT THEY SAY:
WHAT THEY SHOULD SAY:
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Good morning everyone! it's a beautiful new day and a new week. It's full of promise and opportunity but only if you feel that way about it. It could be a treasure chest, just waiting for you to open it; or it can be a set of chains.
So what will it be...you decide- treasure chest or chains? it's all up to…
You’ve finally gone and bought yourself a fireplace. Congratulations! You may now join the ranks of those relaxed and sophisticated individuals that look forward to particularly chilly nights as an opportunity to nestle by the fireplace.
Light up a fire, curl up by that warm glow and sip at your late-night cup of coffee/tea. There’s no better feeling in the world.
However, with great things come great responsibility and upkeep.…
Kate Middleton had to cancel her Malta trip, which was going to be her first solo royal engagement. She is still not feeling well due to her second pregnancy and needs her rest. Prince William took her place and received a very warm and hearty welcome from the crowds gathered to see Him. William arrived in Malta to represent Queen Elizabeth at the celebrations marking 50 years of independence from Great Britain.…
A story which has hit the headlines, and has surprisingly divided opinion, is that of four-year-old peanut allergy sufferer who boarded a plane with her family and went into anaphylactic shock. Now, this was a situation that many people agree could and should have been avoided - after all the family had informed the airline of their little girl’s allergies and her condition was announced THREE TIMES to passengers on board the Ryanair flight from Tenerife.…
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My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue
There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue