Monthly Archives: October 2016

Happy Halloween!

I love Halloween! After carving my pumpkin, I can’t wait to see all the kids on my street in their cute costumes. Last year, it was fairies, princesses, and more than one Cleopatra! And speaking of Halloween, here’s a heart-warming … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

I loved the essay Philip Roth wrote about how important his local public library was to him and why he’s donating his personal collection to it. A few highlights: “Why the Newark Public Library?” “….Facing the park on the northwest … Continue reading

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“Portnoy Exists”

“During that first year at Newark Rutgers, during  the many hours each day when I didn’t have classes, the stacks and the reference room and the reading room were where I camped out when I wanted a quiet place to … Continue reading

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Your PhD

You and I may not have taken the long, challenging road toward a traditional PhD. Still, according to my friend and mentor Dr. Rob Gilbert’s fabulous Success Hotline (973.743.4690), there’s another form of this advanced degree that’s open to all … Continue reading

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Boosting Creativity

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”   Albert Einstein Creativity is boundless and every artistic discipline has something to share with us as writers. There’s so much that we can learn about playfulness and pushing past our comfort zones. In a story … Continue reading

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Contest Alert

“I read your issues like clockwork! I’m a literary agent, and there’s such a great cast of emerging writers on this site that I’m always checking in to see if there’s anyone who might be looking for representation for longer … Continue reading

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Muse Amusement

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Frederick Douglass “I wish you a wrestling match with your creative muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria … Continue reading

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