One True Sentence

There are exercises we can do to practice and improve our writing skills. And I think that the writing process itself can be a mental exercise. Occasionally it is physical exercise: when we pace the room, walk our dogs to help ideas ferment, or we frustratingly throw our ideas at the wall. In 2016 my …

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2017 Direction of My Blog Decided

I am choosing action and positivity, despite the ugly, misogynistic, racist, ranting posts, emails, and behavior this election has spurred. I have un-friended, defended, commented, ignored, and now decided it is time to engage, influence the change in direction of the conversation. On my last post, I wasn’t sure what to do with this blog. …

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Where Does this Blog Go Next and other New Year’s Resolution Conundrums

I resurrected my blog this year as part of my New Year’s resolution to spent 10 minutes a day (10MaD) to “explore the arts” in 2016. The idea came from an article by Eric Zorn in the Chicago Tribune.  My resolution included writing in this blog, my work blog, and taking photographs. You can read …

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Novel Writing & Procrastination

How many words, books, articles have been written about the actual process of writing a novel? How many lectures have been given by teachers, authors, researchers, brainiacs,or idiots about this topic? Yet, writers tackle their work in a variety of ways, just how we can each see a different image in the floating clouds. Some …

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Twilight Bliss

A mural of muted rose to pale gold to midnight blue reflected from sky to water then seemingly back into the clouds. A pair of ducks sits on the color-splashed surface taking in the night sky, diving for dinner. The lone fisherman, snaps his line as he casts into the lake causing a ripple of …

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Writer’s Block Vanish

halt! no fingers slide across the keys the brain frozen while the mind froths over with hidden lists of work family travel dogs weather work work exercise errands what is for dinner? the heart invisible silent unfeeling unable or unwilling to process emotion coherent phrases complete thoughts but suddenly tangled nonsensical words appear on the …

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Capturing your Creative Ideas

A cliché with many meanings, for me: Get your creative juices flowing. As a writer or artist, where do you find your creative spark? I rarely find it just sitting behind my computer or camera. I need to get up, move around, observe, experience. For me, there has to be some sort of connection, a …

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