Monthly Archives: February 2016

Let’s Simplify

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” Hans Hofmann, Artist Right above my desk I have a sign with the word “Simplify” carved into it. Every once in a while, I glance … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

I love this bookseller’s view of the special, magical role that bookstores play in our lives and wanted to share it with you: “Experience is a diverse desire that can be found in the hunt, in the reading, then the … Continue reading

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Hypnotic Read

“Almost unputdownable. Miss Highsmith writes about men like a spider writing about flies.” The Observer Still reeling from The Blunderer, a mystery by Patricia Highsmith. It’s my reading group’s next selection and I, for better or worse, picked it up … Continue reading

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Scene Building

“Writing a great scene is like juggling. You need to ground your scenes first in place and time and build them by creating that particular moment in time…” Linda Joy Myers Scenes are the building blocks of short stories, plays, … Continue reading

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Thank You!

Today, February 23rd, is a personal day of thanksgiving for me. I have so much to be grateful for: my wonderful family and friends, my work as a writer, which I cherish, and all of my creative fellow scribes, who … Continue reading

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One Story

“You can go to France and mention Boo Radley, and people will know who you mean.” To Kill a Mockingbird fan Published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird became an instant bestseller and classic. Over the past 50 years, it … Continue reading

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Wise Words

In honor of George Washington’s birthday, also my wonderful husband David’s birthday, here are some words of wisdom from our Founding Father to ponder: “It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.” “It is better to be … Continue reading

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