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Circling Cancer

Originally posted on Inkstroke's Blog:
Cancer is like a black hole. It devours friends and family and leaves broken survivors in its wake. Survivors who bear the scars of surgery, Chemo burns, and the invisible scars that no one sees. Loved ones who carry the scars of watching their friends, family, spouses, children, suffer.…

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Get Fearless. Go Public.

It’s so easy to give up on important things: Exercise. Writing a novel. There’s no real difference when it comes to commitment. Sometimes all you need is inspiration or threats…or fear of public ridicule.

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Midlife Crisis

Originally posted on 23thorns:
This morning I woke up to find that I had been invaded. Violated. I turned on my tablet to be greeted by a cheerful message informing me that my blog was doing rather nicely. This seemed a little strange, since I haven’t been a particularly diligent blogger of late. I logged…

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THE CASE FOR READING – Why everyone should read more (even CEOs, business people and anyone who wants to communicate anything)

Originally posted on Alice Soon:
My co-worker made a joke last week about adding new letters to my title – C.E.O. – Chief Editing Officer. It turns about our actual CEO had written something that he wanted me to look over and fix. Why? I have no idea. Apparently being a fiction writer also makes…

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Reading About Where I Lived. “Living Underground” by Ruth Walker: A Book Review

Reading About Where I Lived. “Living Underground” by Ruth Walker: A Book Review.

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Ten Tips to Help Aspiring Writers Stretch Their Fiction

Originally posted on Chris Bohjalian's Idyll Banter:
I’m asked on occasion what advice I might offer aspiring writers. Here are ten random suggesstions — the last a reference to the fact I was told by a creative writing professor when I was in college that I should become a banker. 1) Don’t merely write…

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A Town Legacy

In the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve, I give you a ghost story. About a decade ago, this tale won a ghost story competition at Trent University and was published in the Peterborough newspaper. Inspired by a tour of Owens-Thomas House, an antebellum mansion in Savannah, Georgia, the story refers to “Haint Blue” which is a blue… Continue reading A Town Legacy