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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Seven Things

Sometimes I go on the Internet when I should be writing. I know, it’s a startling confession, but it’s true. (Even now, I have my email screen open alongside my Word doc, so I guess I should just close it...wait...J Jill has a sale...)

What I tell myself in these situations is that I am looking for…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on May 16, 2015 at 7:30am — 23 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] My Glamorous Life

It has been a full year since my book, Flip-Flops After 50 was published. This past weekend, I sat anxiously at home, iPhone (and twitter feed) in one hand, glass of red wine in the other, waiting for Brooke Warner to let me know the results from the IBPA awards ceremony. My book was a finalist for Humor in the IBPA Ben Franklin Awards this year and it felt like a fitting cap to an amazing year: A golden award, a crowning achievement.



Except that I didn’t…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on April 13, 2015 at 11:30am — 18 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] A Worship of Writers

My mother always says she wishes she hadn’t taught my brother, my sister, and me to be so nice--because, she explains, you don’t make any money being nice and people take advantage of you. She wishes shed taught us to be accountants, so we’d at least all be making a nice living now. Sometimes I think she shouldn’t have taught us to write.…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on February 16, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] The Thing About Writing

He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.

--
Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman 

As a non-traditional teacher, the quote above has always dogged my teaching experience. I even go so far as to refer to myself as an “educator” rather than a “teacher” so as not to mislead anyone that I am…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on January 27, 2015 at 5:00am — 12 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Christmas Presence

While I don’t have facts or figures for this statement, I will bet that writing about writing, and specifically making time for writing, is one of the top writing topics. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting somebody’s essay, blog…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on December 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] A Rocky Relationship

I have a blog due today and I have not written it. I started a great one two weeks ago, well in advance of today’s deadline (she wrote while simultaneously patting herself on the back) but I went away for the weekend and when I returned to the piece, Writing wouldn’t talk to me. Apparently we were on a break,…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on October 28, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Word by Word

Now that I’ve gotten my first book published, one of the questions I try to duck the most is, “Are you working on another book?” The last time I was asked this question, I did a quick inventory of my recent productivity and realized that the…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on September 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — 7 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Comfort Zone

There was a documentary on TV recently about the making of Green Day’s Broadway musical, An American Idiot. The early part of the film showed the auditions for the lead singers. One young woman stepped up to the mic and began singing. (I’m always impressed with singers, since I couldn’t carry a tune in a…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on August 25, 2014 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Vacation

I just got back from ten days in Italy. It was, in a word, amazing. And that’s not even a very good word. As I prepared to be away from my daily life for ten days, I considered what to do about my writing. I have a small, leather travel journal that I always pack with me, but a quick flip through the pages of past…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on July 22, 2014 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Cindy the Writer

I went to get my blood drawn at the local lab in town. (And now Im thinking about how best to draw blood; pen and ink? Colored pencils?) It was soon after my pub date, so I was giddy with the newness of being a published author, and maybe slightly lightheaded from the pre-bloodwork fasting. When the 20-something technician asked me my occupation, I blurted, “I’m a writer. My book just came out!” She was sweet and said, “That’s cool!…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on June 24, 2014 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Will Write for Food

Vocation (Latin: vocātiō  a call, summons) is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which they are suited, trained, or qualified.



A friend of mine was recently accepted into a select, rigorous creative writing masters program. I received the news with a mix of…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on May 26, 2014 at 10:58am — 2 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] How to Deal With Rejection

How to deal with literary rejection?

Easy. I’m not going to.

That question was the subject line of an email that taunted me from my inbox. At first I didn’t want to look at it. After the official launch of my first book, I was riding high on the positive waves of the newly published. There had been an…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on April 21, 2014 at 6:30pm — 20 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Scribbling Women

When I first heard this obviously derogatory reference to women, it was unknown. It was years ago and “damned mob of scribbling women” was penciled into a margin of a long ago journal. At the time it wasn’t familiar, and naturally I was going to…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on March 24, 2014 at 6:30pm — 9 Comments

[THE WRITER'S LIFE] Still Friends

Sometimes I like Joan Didion and other times I don’t. I like her when I’m feeling like a Writer and can be confident in my work and my goals. “Well, we are practically the same,” I think to myself when I read her work. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, because I am just publishing my first book at…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on February 24, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments

[The Writer's Life] A Writer's Challenge

There are many challenges for a writer, but this particular challenge came in the form of a Facebook page on January 1st: Write 500 words a day for the next month.…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on January 27, 2014 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

[The Writer's Life] The Gift of Writing

Thoughts this time of year usually turn to gifts; the kind you give and the kind you receive. There is nothing wrong with those kinds of gifts. I am a big fan of both. Finding just the right thing for your (husband, daughter, mother, mailman) is, for me, just as thrilling as opening the gift that makes you wonder if your (son, colleague, sister, best friend) found your Amazon password and has your wish list.…



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Added by Cindy Eastman on December 23, 2013 at 8:45am — 3 Comments

[The Writer's Life] Living the Dream

When I was a young girl, my dream of being a writer looked like this: Suggesting a young Audrey Hepburn, I would stroll down 5th Avenue into Washington Square Park with my hip, scuffed leather satchel slung over my shoulder, on the way home to my bohemian, third-floor flat. (Other people lived…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on November 25, 2013 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

[The Writer's Life] I am a Writer

Why do we do it?

Why do we put ourselves through the misery, which we ourselves create, day after day, year after year?  We don’t have to be writers. We could simply be moms, partners, baristas, teachers, social workers, clerks, raising our children--or not having children at all--be good community members,…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on October 21, 2013 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Pulling it Together

Before I finally took the plunge and sent my manuscript off to She Writes Press for review, I had been peddling my collection of…

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Added by Cindy Eastman on September 24, 2013 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Bathing Suit Black and Blues

I’m not much of a shopper. The last time I tried to do a little wardrobe updating, I quit twenty minutes in because my arm started hurting from picking up and putting back all the hangers. I know. I’m a lightweight. But here’s a question as a result of that ill-fated trip: aren’t bathing suits typically expected to cover up one’s top and bottom anymore? 

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Added by Cindy Eastman on August 15, 2013 at 10:33am — No Comments

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