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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:
Bible Bands is a fun, educational how-to book for children who love making jewelry. Not only does it teaches how to make lovely designs, but it also strengthens children’s faith by combining hands-on creativity with Bible verses and stories.
Rubber band jewelry seems to be the hottest new craze, so Eden’s book comes at the right time. Though at first glance, when…
“Step Up And Let Go” is my new book, available on my website http://www.optimistforever.com if you’d like a signed copy and also available on Amazon.com
It chronicles my own personal struggle with still hurting from past comments and…
Good morning everyone! It's Friday and a brand new day. It belongs to you to move through it in confidence, knowing you have all you need. Push fear aside for it is not your friends and make friends instead with that part of you that will lead you onward to where you want to…
Foldable ballet shoes are perfect for today’s fashionable women as well as for working women. These beautifully designed foldable shoes can be teamed up with any outfit of your choice. Women will be praising the efforts of the person who first introduced these comfortable and stylish shoes. Style is the first thing we consider when it comes to buying shoes for party or events. In the past high heels were the only style statement and popular footwear among ladies. But now foldable shoes are…
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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